Moonstroke II

Alien Territory

Fiction - Science Fiction
250 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2017
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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.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Moonstroke II by Blaine C. Readler is a young adult sci-fi story. Stranded on the far side of the moon, on a mining base called Daedalus, Kaitlin and her father, Arthur Cumming, are battling. Twelve years have passed and life on planet earth has gone on without them. Kaitlin’s mother has remarried and UP (United Products) is out for their blood. Kaitlin and her father must see to Daedalus’ interests as the UN and UP decide the fate of the moon base. In the meantime, Van struggles to keep things together under the jealous eye of base President Deik. For the first time in years the Nexgens are on the base without an adult and must take full responsibility for their upkeep. With their equipment failing, they need all the help they can get. An oversight threatens their very existence while on earth the company that abandoned them for twelve years fights for the rights to their rich platinum deposits.

Blaine C. Readler creates a tense atmosphere in this story from the very beginning. And even though you haven’t read the first book you’ll still have enough information to enjoy Moonstroke II. This book offers a little something for a diverse reader audience in terms of age. Older readers will also find this an interesting read as the book deals with very real socio-economic issues that can be applied to this century. There are no aliens in this story, but that doesn’t take away from the plot at all and gives a fresh perspective of what the future may hold for the human race. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to finding out the fate of the moon's residents.

Rabia Tanveer

Moonstroke II: Alien Territory by Blaine C. Readler is the continuation of Moonstroke in which we first met Kaitlin. Continuing the story after the ending of Moonstroke, Daedalus is finally liberated after 12 years of isolation and Kaitlin is now on Earth. She is here to go to college and she loves it, even though Earth is not what she thought it would be. However, she has no time to dwell on it, especially when she finds out that Daedalus is in trouble.

Namazi, the liberator of the moon base, seems to be in trouble and Kaitlin is ready to go out to help him with Beau, a friend from college. Little did she know that Namazi is not the only one who is in trouble! Her friends, including Van, are in trouble as they endure their own battles by living on the moon. The big guns on Earth want to get their hands on the platinum on Daedalus and nothing can stop them. With an enemy so strong, what can a girl do? The enemy is not scared of using violence against them, but Kaitlin is not holding back. What is to become of them and their future now?

Action-packed and full of juice, this novel had me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. I wanted to know what would happen next and that had me reading the novel on and on! I loved Kaitlin, she was smart, strong and not the hotheaded woman I thought she would be. The plot was smooth, it was very easy to hitch a ride with the characters and join them on their journey. I liked Beau, but there is something about Kaitlin that drew my attention. I loved her and I was rooting for her, even though she made some mistakes, which even made her more human and approachable.