Luna Synopsis: On the threshold of opening the moon to tourist excursions, a private space firm owned by a visionary billionaire takes a team of non-astronauts to the lunar surface. To address concerns that the moon’s barren rock may not hold long-term allure for an uber-wealthy clientele, the company’s charismatic owner reveals to the group the ultimate discovery: life on the moon.
But what is initially a triumphant and world-changing moment soon gives way to unrelenting terror as the team experiences firsthand that despite their technological prowess, the moon still holds many secrets. – Goodreads
THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS AS THEY ARE NECESSARY FOR DISCUSSION POINTS.
I came across this book late one night on Twitter. I was done doing my ‘official’ reading for the day, and trying to wind down. The cover looked fun, it was free on Kindle Unlimited, so I figured “eh, what’s the worst that could happen?” I was encouraged by the opening chapter, which immediately hooked me, so was quite excited to finish it today.
The first quarter of the book was pretty good. I had to suspend disbelief a little bit, but for a good story I’m more than willing to do that. No major issues until we get to the head implosion scene.
“Wait….what?” This book had me saying that a lot. I don’t have a strong science background, so I can’t speak for the absolute veracity of what I’m about to say but… I’m pretty sure heads don’t implode in a microsecond with your helmet off in space. I googled around for a few minutes, trying to find an answer, and though Google is not the all-being, I couldn’t find anything that came close to agreeing with the idea that your head would explode the second you took your helmet off in a zero-pressure environment. In fact, my understanding of implosion is that the pressure exerted on the outside of something must be greater than the pressure exerted on the inside of something. Therefore, zero-pressure could not cause implosion….right??
Giant Tremors-like worms inhabiting the moon? Suuuuuuure. *winkwink* I can believe that for the sake of a good story. Asshat billionaires more resembling Trump than intelligent people? Okayyy… I can believe that, too. Heck, I have no problem believing what happens to the people who get majorly screwed by the worms, but when you try to tell me that someone’s head IMPLODED in a zero-pressure environment…
Now, maybe I’m wrong about that. Maybe it is possible. But, uhm.. anyways. There were a couple other issues too, but I’m only really going to go into details on this one since it was the one that brought my enjoyment to a screeching halt.
Overall, its an interesting premise and could easily be made into a Syfy awesomely horrible movie with some editing. The pacing was nice and quick and some of the scenes were nicely disgusting. but I can’t rate it very well because the amount I’m required to suspend disbelief far outweighs the entertainment value gathered by reading the book. Still, for what it was, it was mildly entertaining and if you want to read it for yourself, you can find it here on Amazon.