Trust no one, no one trusts - that is the way of Lunar City.
When Aurelia Cole gets hired by Lunar City Hospital, the last thing she expects is that her shuttle will be attacked on the way to her new posting. With her new found Clone friend Nicholas, Aurelia manages to rescue Jonathon Hansen, who might just be the next Earth Empire president. But when Aurelia is forced to choose between Nicholas and Jonathon, she has to decide whether her love for her job is more important than her desire to do what's right.
Head hunted by the Resistance movement, Aurelia has the chance to overthrow a manipulative dictatorship. But in Lunar City, who can she trust and who really trusts her?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Reading Deals' Review Club in exchange for an honest review.
At times I really enjoyed this book and the world that was created, but sometimes it felt overstuffed with information. I knew exactly how Aurelia felt about not knowing what was happening and then feeling frustrated and overwhelmed with all the information because I felt the same way. I skimmed over the long explanations of politics and hierarchies and how they were set up and running in society because they were unnecessary. We had Jonathon to exemplify and explain it but we also got what Aurelia knew about it as a narrative ahead of that. It was too much and not needed. The reader understood that there was a difference between the working class and the elites, it didn't need to be stated so many times in the exact same way by different characters. The conversation Aurelia and Jonathon had at dinner could have been him saying "what you know about this is wrong here are only the additional facts" not restating everything Aurelia had already told us (twice) and then adding in the extra details.
I didn't like the insta-love but I'm never really a fan of it so that was to be expected. I think Aurelia is too perfect though. Like of course she has no bias or prejudice against the Clones even though it is apparent that in this society, children have been taught to think of themselves as better than the Clones. I would much rather have seen Aurelia have to come to terms with the fact that she is prejudice against them rather than being so loving and accepting of everyone from the start. It didn't fit into society because EVERYONE would be a little prejudice or bias against them in some ways even if they didn't realize it outright. It would have made for a much more interesting dynamic to have the heroine have to come to terms with her racism through her arc than to have her be so willing and accepting from the beginning.
Jonathon is a strange character to me. It is obvious that he is older than Aurelia but how much older? Like do I need to be concerned that this 17 year old has "fallen in love" with a 30 year old? I do like the rest of his personality though, even if I do think he is sketchy and some of his actions are a little iffy to me. But I am glad he will get the character arc that I think Aurelia should have, I hope it is well written.
There are a lot of interesting dynamics in this one and I love the political play but I would like less history lessons and more present time assassination plans.
Overall: 3.5/5 because it was interesting and well thought out but at times could be dry.