Review of “Hurricane Moon”

  
“Hurricane Moon” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by Alexis Latner (http://www.alexisglynnlatner.com). Ms. Latner has published 4 novels. 

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because It contains some Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in the far future. A colony ship is launched from Earth on a long term mission to reach a suitable planet and start a human colony. 

The primary character is Catharin Gault. She is the mission doctor and one of the leadership core. At the last minute before the mission leaves Earth, she makes the decision to allow brilliant biologist Joseph “Joe” Devreze to join the expedition. She is somewhat troubled by him, but at the same time attracted to him. 

Originally planned for just a few hundred years, the destination turns out to be unsuitable and they must continue on. They end up spending more than a thousand years traveling before a suitable planet is found. While the passengers have been in suspended animation for all of this time, the unexpected duration of the flight has had an impact on their health. 

The final destination is an unusual binary planet pair. One world is green and lush, but without any significant animal life. The other is an ocean world with little land mass and constant raging hurricanes. They settle on the green world, but the equally large blue planet fills the night sky with its presence. 

An outpost is established on the green world and passengers begin to be awakened to take part in the colonization efforts. As expected, there are many trials the small outpost goes through. Before long Catharin finds herself falling in love with Joe. 

I spent just under 10 hours with this 401 page novel. I had high hopes for it in the beginning, but is turned into more of a romance than I liked. It was well written and I liked the character of Catharine, but it spent too much time on the emotional relationships for my taste. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.  

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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