Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson

Red Moon
by Kim Stanley Robinson

When Fred Fredericks takes his first trip to the moon to install a communication device, he becomes witness to a murder and goes into hiding with the revolutionary Chan Qi.

The story I thought I was getting into when I started reading this book was very different from the story I got. What seemed like it was going to be a thrilling tale about a man who witnesses a murder on the moon was actually a book about Chinese politics, government surveillance, and Feng Shui. To be fair, a man does witness a murder on the moon, but that’s just a lead into the political statement the book is really making.

Most of the story doesn’t take place on the moon, and all of the action happens at the very beginning and the very end. Maybe if I had known what the book was really about before I started reading, I might have enjoyed it more. While I think the book was well written, the subject matter was just not for me. I’ll probably try another one of Kim Stanley Robinson’s books in the future. If you’re into sci-fi and politics, you’d probably enjoy this book a lot more than I did.