Mjesec je, bez sumnje, novo i uzbudljivo mjesto za život. Ne postoji kriminalno ni građansko pravo, već samo ugovorno i sve je, od braka i rastave pa do ubojstva, podložno pregovorima. Kultura Mjesečevih elita premrežena je (seksualnim) vezama koje ne pitaju za spol, a sve je začinjeno koktelima, dizajnerskim drogama i visokom modom isprintanom u 3D-u. No, Mjesec vas želi i ubiti. Svake sekunde u danu. Ne samo svojim negostoljubivim okolišem, iako je i on sam po sebi zastrašujuće i opasno mjesto za život. Račun za vodu, prostor, podatke i kisik svake sekunde raste, mjeri i naplaćuje svaki gutljaj i svaki san, svaku misao i udah. A možda se uz sve to nađete i usred sukoba vladajućih dinastija, poznatih pod nazivom Pet zmajeva. Morate se krvavo boriti kako biste se snašli u ovom gotovo feudalnom društvu. A to je upravo ono što je Adriana Corta i učinila.
Kao vođa najnovijeg, petog Mjesečevog Zmaja, Adriana je uspostavila čvrstu kontrolu nad industrijom helija koja daleku Zemlju opskrbljuje prijeko potrebnom električnom energijom. Ali za taj se status krvavo izborila. Sada, na zalasku života, Adriana otkriva kako je njezina korporacija, Corta Hélio, okružena mnogim neprijateljima koje je stekla tijekom svog meteorskog uspjeha. Ako joj posao i obitelj želi preživjeti, njezino petero djece mora obraniti majčino carstvo od tih neprijatelja… ali i obraniti se jedni od drugih.
NEW MOON and the other novels in the series — WOLF MOON and MOON RISING — are published in the UK by Gollancz, in North America by Tor Books, and in a growing number of translations. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the first novel…
The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family’s status in the Moon’s vicious political atmosphere.
The Moon wants to kill you.
Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.
As the leader of the Moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has wrested control of the Moon’s Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.
Ian’s forthcoming new novella, THE MENACE FROM FARSIDE (Tor.com, November 11th), is also something of a prequel to the series.
NEW MOON (and the series as a whole) has been met with a tremendous amount of praise and good reviews. Here are but a handful, to give you an idea…
‘Smart, funny, passionate and at times quite dark, McDonald brings the touch we’ve seen in RIVER OF GODS and DERVISH HOUSE to an entirely new culture as it evolves in a distant hostile place where business or family rules all… it’s terrific. My only complaint: it leaves you wanting the second book right now!’ — Jonathan Strahan
‘McDonald… begins his superb near-future series… scintillating, violent, and decadent world. McDonald creates a complex and fascinating civilization featuring believable technology, and the characters are fully developed, with individually gripping stories. Watch for this brilliantly constructed family saga on next year’s award ballots.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
‘Mafia-style mining families clash in a compelling fantasy that offers up all the pleasures of a cut-throat soap opera in space…That McDonald is able to spin a compelling story from this unforgiving set-up is testament to his skill as a writer… One thing Luna does exceptionally well is to puncture Old Heinlein’s assumption that a frontier society based on the primacy of the family and a disregard of conventional laws would end up like idealised smalltown America. Luna argues that any realistic future colonisation of the moon will be much more The Sopranos than The Waltons. LUNA is as gripping as it is colourful, and as colourful as it is nasty.’ — Guardian
‘No one writes like Ian McDonald, and no one’s Moon is nearly so beautiful and terrible… Ian McDonald’s never written a bad novel, but this is a great Ian McDonald novel… McDonald has ten details for every detail proffered by other sf writers. Not gratuitous details, either: gracious ones. The fashion sense of William Gibson, the design sense of Bruce Sterling, the eye for family drama of Connie Willis, the poesie of Bradbury, and the dirty sex of Kathe Koja and Samuel Delany… McDonald’s moon is omnisexual, kinky, violent, passionate, beautiful, awful, vibrant and crushing. As the family saga of the Cortas unravels, we meet a self-sexual ninja lawyer, a werewolf who loses his mind in the Full Earth, a family tyrant whose ruthlessness is matched only by his crepulance, and a panoply of great passions and low desires. LUNA: NEW MOON is the first book of a two-book cycle. Now I’m all a-quiver for the next one.‘ — BoingBoing
‘Fans of cerebral, high-concept science fiction will love this exploration of society on the moon many decades after it has been colonized. The focus is more on concept and plot than on character, but the former are compelling enough to make this an addictive page-turner. Including the stories of many characters gives the reader important insights into different facets of society, and although the book starts at a slow pace, it accelerates into a mesmerizing political thriller.’ — RT Book Reviews