The Luna series is set in a futuristic version of our own world where Dragons; powerful dynastic corporate families have set up on the Moon, mining and producing chemicals and equipment which is sent back to Earth. The story starts out in Luna: New Moon which introduces us to the Corta family and their helium mining industry Corta Helio. The end of New Moon saw the Corta family collapse and family members scatter all over the Moon. Luna: Wolf Moon is the story of how the Corta family rebuilding their lives and taking back their company.
This book is a little like Game of Thrones, McDonald has created a plot that weaves and intercrosses each other. The power struggle between the Dragons is full of political scheming, each double crossing the other. The alliances between the character are just as full of intrigue, I think thats what makes this series so enjoyable to read. The characters feel fully formed, each having their own triumphs and flaws.
I think the thing I liked most about this book was the sense of scale. Everything feels epic. From the descriptions of the underground cities, to events like a massive foundry explosion and satellites raining down on the Moon. Then you have the more abstract things like a character born on the moon going to Earth despite this being technically impossible and describing what it’s like to stand on another planet and look up at their home. That was cool.
My only problem with this book is it felt like the first half was you checking in with each character to see what they had been doing over the 2 years since the last book ended. It felt like the plot took a long time to get going. But I would still highly recommend this book. Also you should definitely start out with Luna: New Moon if you haven’t read it yet.
If you like the sound of Luna: Wolf Moon you should also check out Seveneves and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet which are two other science fiction books which rely heavily on character development.
*I received a copy of Luna: Wolf Moon for free in return for an honest review.