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The Hills of Mare Imbrium (Cities of the Moon Book 1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When Jonah arrives on the Moon, he isn't expecting much. All he wants is to stay out of trouble and start a new life working on the Helium mine at Chang’e Base. He doesn’t expect to be swept into the raging undercurrent of the Moon's racial tensions and politics.

Yesha is desperate to escape her domineering uncle. In a moment of rebellion, she agrees to have dinner with J
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published August 30th 2017 by Carleton Chinner (first published August 2017)
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Austin Sheehan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carleton Chinner's debut novel 'THE HILLS OF MARE IMBRIUM' has very recently been re-released with a new cover and title, 'THE HILLS OF THE MOON.'  
Jonah is on a mission to spread his brother's ashes on the moon's surface and if he can, he'd like to get a job working the Helium mines from Chang'e base.  When he arrives at  the Lunar Peoples Republic of Jiangnan he befriends  Lucian Jones.  Lucian is one of the Moon Folk, the son of a family who has been on the moon for so many generations that t
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is engaging sci fi rebellion.

Jonah lost his favored brother to the wrong crowd in a mess that left Jonah tainted and a liability to the family. Now Jonah has been exiled to the Moon where he has no real prospects. He makes a new friend, Lucien, not realizing that he will soon be caught up in rebellion.

Yesha is the niece of the Moon’s governing authority. She doesn’t agree with his oppressive style that shows no rights or respect of the Moon folk. Yesha was born of earthers but was modified
J C Steel
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Jonah Barnes is a rich-kid junkie, sent to the Lunar Peoples Republic of Jiangnan to get him out of his family’s hair - and to scatter his brother’s ashes. With no plans for his future, he falls in with the first friendly face he finds, Lucien Jones, one of the Moon Folk. With the current Lunar administrator close to retirement, the pressure on resource production and bias against the Moon Folk has reached new heights, and when violence nearly kills both Jonah and Lucien, Jonah discovers that Lu ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Jonah goes to the moon to scatter his brother’s ashes, he finds himself drawn into a revolution that is simmering just under the surface of relations between mooners and the government. There is a lot of unrest and political intrigue amid this lunar setting.

The story unfolded in several alternating perspectives. I enjoyed that and found it propelled me forward. I liked that the pace and feel of the threads were distinct even as they started to wind tighter together. The group Jonah finds hi
Janine Pestel
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book for a first-time author. The story starts with Jonah arriving on the moon with a special package - his late brother's ashes. All he wants to do is spread his brother's ashes on the moon and find work. He meets, and befriends, Lucien, a Moon Folk, and Yesha, the Administrator's niece. He soon becomes aware of a "Free Moon" movement, and before he knows it, he is involved. From there, the story picks up, as we learn about the penal system that's in place, and how oppressed the Moo ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book. It is reminiscent of Heinlein and Bruno. A young man, Jonah, goes to the moon to spread his brothers ashes. Meets a couple of locals from very different parts of moon society. And through no fault of his own his thrown in to a revolution. I really liked the characters of Jonah, Yesha, and Lucien. Wang is a villain you love to hate and hope he gets just what he deserves. Yesha's uncle Chen I just felt sorry for. Thi
TJ Edwards
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hills of Mare Imbrium dragged me in from the first chapter and I became quite invested in this little rebellion on the moon! The characters, while vibrant, aren’t the star of the show but the moon itself and the rich history that Chinner has developed keep you engaged throughout the story. Definitely recommended!
Peta Culverhouse
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Hills of Mare Imbrium was an action-packed sci fi thriller. Jonah is a likeable character and Yesha holds her own in a world dominated by mechs, tech and male domination. It is a solid reminder of our own cultural history which has been embroiled in the disaffection of other peoples. Well worth a read.
Marianne Reese
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Science fiction at its best! The unrest between the moonos and the government unfolds in this suspenseful sci-if page-turner. There is no shortage of action, honor, and deceit as the protagonists hold tight to their moral compass and fight to save the moon people.
L.E. Daniels
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who was raised on Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury, I love a sci fi with an epic setting, factions of strong characters, certain contemporary relevance, and a good bit of turmoil. The Hills of Mare Imbrium takes you there. Looking forward to the next installment!
Bear Reads Books
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
SF is not usually my thing, and I am not sure The Hills changes that, but a good story, well told nonetheless.
Claire Fun
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was alright, but I didn't love it. Jonah goes to the moon to scatter his brothers ashes and gets involved in the local rebellion by the moon folk who are born on the moon but treated like inferiors by Earthers who came up from earth for jobs. Jonah, Lucien and Yesha have to fight to survive.
I didn't really feel much for the characters or their reasons for fighting and the battles mostly felt a bit anticlimactic. Wang was a BadGuy and a bit silly. My favourite part was Yesha in an old abando
Tim Conder
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Jul 06, 2018
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
It was an ok story, but nothing about it really stood out to me. The pace was a little slow and the story at times a little chaotic. Overall just very mediocre.
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Oct 29, 2018
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J.D. DeHart
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hills of Mare Imbrium provided a nice trip outside of my usual universe. Author Carleton Chinner writes with an attention to detail that creates an interesting world, imagining future life on the moon. The main character was likeable enough, with an uncommon reason for being in space.

I appreciated the diversion this book offered me and would gladly read another adventure from this author, in space or on earth.
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Carleton Chinner is the author of the Cities of the Moon series of science fiction novels and a reviewer for the Australian Speculative Fiction Review. He is an Australian born writer who grew up on a remote farm in South Africa, where the trip to the town library was the highlight of his week. He devoured anything science fiction, fantasy and horror. And, when that wasn’t enough, turned to urban ...more

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