Title: Moonchild (Moonchild
Author: Kate L. Mary
Narrator: Heidi Drennan
In a world fueled by greed and corruption, where airships rule the skies and coal mines have been turned into prisons, Scarlett Moon has one goal: survive. Being tough and looking out for herself is the only way to stay alive, but when her best friend, Rory, is arrested and returned to the mines, all of Scarlett’s carefully built walls threaten to crumble.
After being rescued by an airship full of pirates, led by the sexy and irresistible Asher Kimura, Scarlett finds herself surrounded by cons and fugitives, and thrust into the middle of a coal-smuggling business. When they take her to Columbus, the one place she never wanted to set foot in again, she wants nothing more than to get away. And her discomfort only grows as she becomes increasingly drawn to Asher.
But everything changes when she discovers there may be a way to rescue Rory. Enlisting the pirates’ help, Scarlett sets out on a mission to save her friend, praying that her overwhelming attraction to Asher doesn’t mean the end to her freedom – in more ways than one.
Scarlett’s goal is to survive. After escaping from the coal mine where she was a prisoner, she learned that looking out for herself was her best chance to stay free. Somewhere down the line, she ended up banded to a group of outcasts like herself. When her best friend is kidnapped, Rory winds up on a mission to save not only herself but her group of friends from certain doom.
Kate L. Mary has a way of weaving suspense into her dystopia tales, of creating characters that you want to root for, and writing twists that leave you on the edge of your seat. This was an interesting mix of steampunk and dystopia. While I don’t read a lot of steampunk, I have read some, and I loved the way the author was able to mix those vibes well with dystopia to give an almost but not quite apocalyptic feel to the story.
Scarlett had a very down to Earth personality, and I loved the way the author surrounded her with secondary characters who are all wild contrasts of that. Some are bubbly, some are flirty, but all of them are loyal. Every time a new character was introduced, I loved to see the way they were effortlessly found their place in the story.
The narrator did a great job. Her tone was even and calm though in the dialogue she did a wonderful job of expressing emotions. Entertaining performance overall.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.