Title: The Girl They Sold to the Moon
Author: Chris Stevenson
Narrator: Kelli Winkler
Eighteen-year-old Tilly Breedlove’s father has sold her into a form of modern day slavery on Luna – the Tranquility Harbor Mining Company, 240,000 miles from home. Family Trade and Loan, an unscrupulous company, is more than willing to take her on and exploit her talent. Forced to be an exotic dancer, she performs risqué shows for the filthy but filthy rich ore miners – a far cry from her classical and modern dance training. If she isn’t resisting obscene advances from bearded “Prairie Dogs,” she’s fending off jealous head-liner acts who view her as a threat to their status – and when those jealous showgirls say “break a leg,” they aim to cause it. The only reprieve she finds in this shop of horrors is a few close ward friends, a sympathetic dance coach, and Buddy Gunner Bell who just might become the love of her life. It’s just enough to stem her psychological meltdown.
In this story, American society had digressed to the point where parents can “loan” their children for money for a short period of time. If that amount isn’t paid back, the children basically become slaves. The moon is a popular place for the slaves to be sent since it is a popular spot for rich people to frequent.
An interesting sci-fi/dystopia. The story deals with a lot of topics like friendships and what it truly means to stay yourself. I bounced back and forth about how I felt about the MC because I felt she was strong in places that didn’t call for it, and weak in the places where she needed to show strength.
Worldbuilding was done in an interesting manner. With a book like this, it had to be. Between the worldbuilding and the introduction of our MC, it’s easy to get reeled into the story.
Narration was crisp and very pleasing to listen to.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.