Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
Moonstroke II: Alien Territory by Blaine C Readler continues the saga of Kaitlyn and her nexgen companion. Kaitlyn feels disoriented on Earth and disturbed at how U-P tries to force her into admitting that the space station personnel was at fault for their own abandonment, not U-P. Meanwhile, on the moon, Van and the nexgen fight their own battles both for survival and for recognition as a sovereign nation.
I never read the first book in the Moonstroke saga, but I did not need to in order to enjoy Moonstroke II. Blaine C Readler is a master storyteller who leaves a clear trail of backstory that evolves naturally into the current tale. Moonstroke II is a solid science fiction story with enough hard science to attract the hardcore sci-fi fan but, unlike some sci-fi, Readler has created an engaging cast of characters who are interesting and real. The back and forth among the nexgen teenagers is amusing and has the spot on snark factor that makes for a good read.
Teenagers will love Moonstroke II because of the believable characters and the concept of kids running their own space station. Adults will like it because it is a well-rounded story with a good mix of action and drama that does not talk down to young adults, nor does it try to overwhelm the reader with scientific terms that only a true scientist would understand. And yet, the story is filled with educational information that made me excited to learn more about space travel.