Optioned for TV by CBS in a massive deal, Ian McDonald's Luna trilogy has already been acclaimed as one of the most exciting and important SF series of the decade. This is Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy for a new generation; perfect SF for fans of Gravity and The Martian looking for a wider canvas and large-scale thriller format.
Akin to the mafia families of The Godfather, the families of the five Dragons who control the rich resources of the moon are locked in an endless and vicious struggle for supremacy and now the peace that reigned while the moon was colonised is breaking down. Which of the scions of the dragons will gain supremacy? Or will the moon, with its harsh vacuum, it's freezing dark and blazing, irradiated light be the final winner?
McDonald concludes his Luna space opera trilogy in triumphant style, following Luna: Wolf Moon. In this near future, the Earth's moon is controlled by five family corporations known as the Dragons. The central conflict between two members of the Cortas family, whose wealth comes from helium mining, plays out in a court case that takes an unexpected turn. Opposing forces advance very different futures for the Moon, including massive terraforming and creating a post-labor society whose citizens receive guaranteed incomes. The political intrigue never feels too abstract or removed from 21st-century Earth. Readers will appreciate the care McDonald takes with both worldbuilding and characterization, and will enjoy little touches such as giving an assassin the job title of Corporate Conflict Resolution Officer. Newcomers will have difficulty mastering the intricacies of the setting and story, as McDonald doesn't provide even a short recap or cast of characters; however, fans of the prior books will find this wrap-up rewarding.