Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Book Review: The Light Side of the Moon by Elizabeth Guizzetti

The Kindle edition is available for pre-order on Amazon and releases July 27. see it here

I was lucky enough to win an advance review copy in an online contest.  I liked it enough that I intend to purchase a paper copy. It's the sort of book you can read more than once.

Warning: despite the age of the protagonist, this is definitely not a children's book.

I was expecting a continuation of Other Systems, with more about Abby or at least the Khlorasons and Kiposans. To my surprise, Guizzetti went back to dysfunctional, overcrowded earth, and back to the Seattle library, to tell the story of another young girl: one too young to be chosen for immigration to Kipos. I was only momentarily disappointed, because I soon found myself engrossed in Ellie's saga. 

Guizzetti is something of a modern-day Dickens, exposing the seamy underside of her extrapolated world, but still offering a gleam of hope and kindness here and there. Ellie, like Abby of Other Systems, is a survivor: clever, determined and courageous. She takes the worst that life can throw at her, and still maintains a certain innocence, a willingness to love and trust others. The supporting cast is well-fleshed out and there are interesting secondary plots. The continuing adventure is a page-turner (screen-scroller?) but there is emotional engagement as well. I confess I was a bit teary-eyed at the end.