Bauerle’s The Blue Moon is a sci-fi adventure that paints an interesting world of tyranny across galaxies, strange, alien creatures (lame joke, I know) and travel across the universe.
It’s simply written, littered with scientific facts, gravitational laws, and theoretical physics. The main character is nineteen-year-old Emmy Whitewood who lives on the island-planet, St. John’s. What makes this world interesting is the presence of the Blue Moon, where Emmy’s mother, Dr. Dorothy Whitewood, works.
Why? What’s she and other people working on in the Blue Moon?
Apparently, the miracle of life has stopped working, and the Blue Moon has disappeared.
Of course this is a big thing, what with engineered human beings and creations that are obsessed with their creators (humans), taking pictures of them, serving them, and even the occasional editing of their videos (which many creations have).
The story has an interesting premise – what happened to the miracle of life? What happens when people don’t pro-create and reproduce naturally? What if you needed a license to create a child? What if flora and fauna can’t reproduce either? That is one interesting and scary thought to entertain.
Emmy is an adventurous bookworm, who constantly looks up places on a travel guide her mother gave her. The Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System, seemingly a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, shows the beauty of the Solar System to people outside the Earth.
There are amazing characters in the story – a sloth named Walky Talky, an engineered King Arthur II and his wife, Honey Tiger, and a silver-boy/robot named Kokopelli, who just happens to be my favorite. Funny, resourceful, and unique, Kokopelli’s antennae eyebrows are pretty cool and useful.
There is, of course, the unasked question of the moral and the divine throughout the story, which can make you giggle (or smile? Frown?) at the Higgs boson’s special participation in saving the entire universe.
Although Emmy had certainly gone a long way from student to traveler to fugitive to hero, but her character development leaves a lot to be desired. It would have been great to see a transformation – from coward to brave? From bookish to adventurous? Emmy is a smart and resourceful girl, but aside from her assertive personality, there isn’t much going for her.
Even the villains could’ve done better with a more intriguing and sinister exposition to bring the story – and the characters – closer to the reader; to make them seem more tangible and real.
Since the story revolves around a mystery, as most scientific discoveries tend to do, elements of intrigue, suspense, and surprise would have gone a long way to add to the novel’s appeal.
Should You Read It?
Oh, definitely. It’s a fun adventure and there are humorous moments across the chapters. Plus, the characters really are interesting. The novel, though, would greatly benefit from much expansion and evolution into a bigger world (it’s the universe, of course) or a series that could be more epic in scope and scale.
Also, with the cover art, this story could certainly have potential as a manga or a graphic novel.