The Moon and the Other – John Kessel

Moon and the OtherAgainst all odds, Erno lands on his feet. He’s been exiled from his home in the Society of Cousins. He’s been living at the bottom of his new society. And suddenly, he is offered success beyond his wildest dreams. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Persepolis has proposed a business arrangement that happens to include marriage.  In the twenty-second century three million people live in underground cities on the moon. Each has its own view of a proper society. The Society of Cousins is a matriarchy where men are treated as pampered pets, but have few rights and cannot vote. Persepolis is a colony based on Persian heritage, a patriarchy. This novel follows Erno’s difficulties, as he cannot adjust to either.

I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the moon colonies and their politics. The characters were well defined and believable, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get into the book, just couldn’t care about the individuals.

eGalley review                       Publication date 4.4.17

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