Eric T Knight4.0 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed this book February 9, 2016Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI really enjoyed this book. I love the premise it’s based on. The whole idea of being able to basically pawn your children gives me goosebumps. I liked that the story moved very quickly and there was lots going on. Some of the scene changes were a little abrupt and I got lost at first, but I got used to it.
Virginia Dobias5.0 out of 5 starsGreat soft Science Fiction for those who like it easy over June 19, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseThe Girl They Sold to the Moon by Chris Stevenson
I wanted the ARC to this book but they never got back to me; so I had to buy a copy and wait patiently for it to arrive in the mail, which was all well and good because I had other things to do anyway. Finding myself with an extra day, where I wanted to read something just a bit on the light side, I picked it up and read the boldfaced type all the way from the front right through to the finish. This book reminded me some of the old science fiction I read some thirty years ago. Some of the Robert Heinlein juvenile Science Fiction series. I enjoyed reading it and I want to give it high marks, but I’m going to be brutally honest about a few things.
Chris Stevenson has created a sort of sassy character in Tilly Breedlove who is sold into a sort of slavery in order to keep her father out of prison. Her mother has some few years earlier passed away and without her influence her father has fallen prey to all his vices and she has no delusions, going into this whole arrangement, that he will change his ways. In this dystopic future that sounds like a throwback to the times Charles Dickens wrote of; we have a society that allows parents to sell their children into some sort of work camp slavery while parents try to pay off their debts to stay out of prison through a loan which they must then pay off before their children can be released.
That whole arraignment lends itself toward some real potential for failure.
The Girl They Sold to the Moon bears some strong resemblance to the one other book I have read by this author: The War Gate. By this I mean that it has several threads running through it that make up a whole bunch of mini plots that revolve around the main plot that seems to be a soft science fiction light weight which is why I call this light reading. It is a good Young Adult novel and it almost seems like a twisted merging of Dickens’ David Copperfield and Oliver Twist and Heinlein’s Podkayne of Mars staged in the environment of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. But the whole thing diverges into it’s own world because of that potential for the slave workers to become permanent property of the company when someone defaults on the loan.
Of The Girl They Sold to the Moon and The War Gate similarities there is that striking male character that is a magician. And both books delve into the world of entertainment while striking off in slightly divergent directions of Science Fiction in the one and Magic in the other. If I have any complaints at all it’s that there sometime is a difficulty for me to zero in on which plot is the prime plot of the novel.
The most likely candidate is the dystopic society’s inhumane treatment of these young family members who are traded off and sometimes left to pay their own way out of a system that seems to have the cards stacked against them. But I get confused about this very plot when the potential evil motives of the company are often glossed over too quickly in favor of the sub plot of the infighting between the chatteled entertainers vieing for the top position; a position that only serves to make the company richer through their success. Then there is the moon-crossed love story hindered by the presence of rules prohibiting the girls from fraternizing with anyone in any close manner on or off work. Along with all of this we have a thread about Tilly’s desire to be in the very work she is now in and the frustration in the knowledge that her unexpected success is all going to someone else benefit until she gets released.
This is a great light read of soft SFF with some romance and a couple of good cat-fights.
Kindle Customer4.0 out of 5 starsInteresting Y.A. Science Fiction July 10, 2014Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis book is set in the relatively near future. The plot revolves around Tillie, a 17 year old who is “sold to the moon” as an indentured servant for the length of the time a loan is unpaid by her Father. It is a fast moving tale of her abilities and struggles as an indentured servant to a mega entertainment corporation. Her life as an exotic dancer first on the moon, and then later on the earth make interesting reading. I would think that any teen would love to read about the feisty Tillie and her friend
jeannemalm5.0 out of 5 starsA dance with danger July 4, 2014Format: Kindle EditionI was intrigued by the notion that a head of household could pawn a family member to accrue a large cash advance. Then I realized that this story was set in a near-future society where the economy is stressed to the breaking point and all the social rules have changed. When it was revealed that it was a father pawning his only daughter to an unscrupulous corporation, I was hooked. Tilly Breedlove really didn’t stand a chance when she was forced to dance for rich ore miners on an exotic Moon-based settlement. When Tilly reached the end of her term, she found out that tragedy was not done with her yet, leaving her with a desperate decision that culminated in a dash to freedom.
The Girl They Sold to the Moon has got it all—conflict, adventure, catastrophe and inner turmoil—a coming of age story for a girl who has to endure impossible odds while keeping her sanity intact. The pace was fast and the stakes high. At the end, I found myself wanting more, but there seems like there’s room for a sequel. Hopefully I won’t have to wait long.
—Jim Melvin, author of the six-book epic fantasy series “The Death Wizard Chronicles”
lidia armesto5.0 out of 5 starsThe Girl They Sold To The Moon ARC copy review
June 10, 2014Format: PaperbackThe Girl They Sold To The Moon Review
Review by: Naila Gutierrez
Author: Chris Stevenson
Publisher: Intrigue Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars
*This book was given to me as an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review*
This book is basically about an 18 year old girl named Tilly Breedlove, her father sells her into a form of slavery on the Tranquility Harbor Mining Company located on the Moon. She is forced to be an exotic dancer for filthy rich ore miners. After a disastrous explosion on the Moon, they send her back to Earth, imprisoned to the Las Vegas-Henderson Gambling Complex. Her father fails to pay the loan and goes into hiding, exiling Tilly to be temporary property of FTAL. Tilly plots a rebellious escape plan with friend Fia, and also with the help of blossoming love Buddy Gunner Bell, to break out of FTAL.
To me this dystopian read was exuberant, imaginative and creative. From start to finish this book grabbed me in for one wild ride and didn’t let go, for such a short book it was certainly delightful and whimsical. The plot in this was very well put together and it flowed with the story quite nicely, from when her journey began in FTAL, to the meteor shower that hit the Moon base at Tranquility Harbor , to the very ending where she escaped and finally got to fulfill her friend’s wish as well as hers. From the beginning when her father turned her in for FTAL I could feel how scared Tilly’s character was towards the situation of leaving her home to work in an entertainment division for 6 consecutive months. But then you can really notice the change in her character as the story progresses, she becomes more confident in going through all these obstacles, I really admire her character. Although I really did feel connected to Tilly’s character the most I did however appreciate Buddy’s and Dorothy’s characters. I did quite enjoy the growing romance and feelings between Tilly and Buddy growing feelings and a relationship from friends to lovers, their romance was just right as to not be sappy and come off as a desperate and rushed romance, like you see in so many books. Their growing relationship blossomed in just the right way, starting off when they met in the book and started talking I could feel chemistry between them, and it left me wanting more of their romance.
In a way, I have to say there was a bit of suspense sprinkled within the many wonders of this book, for example; when you found out that Fia Bluestone, supposed friend of Tilly’s was actually her long lost birth mother. Also when Tilly stood there and had to witness the suicide of her best friend, Dorothy, I have to say that scene was so wickedly crafted that it got to me. Then there are those well thought out action scenes of Tilly and fellow refugees scrambling about to find shelter from the meteor shower, and also when Tilly, Buddy, and Fia were escaping the Vegas Gambling Complex in search of freedom from the so well manipulated form of slavery.
Overall, I gave this book 5 stars because I like the
well written, professional use of vocabulary, well thought out and
procedure that was this lovely book. I personally am a HUGE fan of
dystopian and post-apocalyptic worlds and this was one of the best I
have read so far. I’m not going to say it’s the best I have read because
I still have a lot more to read, but I can safely say that this was an
extraordinary book, it was refreshing, action-packed, suspenful, and not
bad in the romance department either. I would definitely recommend this
book to anyone who is looking for a short yet giving book that hooks
you in once you indulge in it and who enjoys books in the dystopian and
*thanks so much to the author for sending me an ARC*