Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Moon Beam by Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye

Title: Moon Beam

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye

Genre: Middle Grade to Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Publication Date: July 4th 2017 by Baen

Format: e-arc

Source:   I received this book on edelweiss in exchanged for an honest review.





What happens when you get the one thing you wanted most in life? Lonely 16-year-old farm girl Barbara Winton has been following one reality show for years. Then in an instant she goes from fangirl to participant when the call comes from Dr. Keegan Bright: She’s been selected out of a horde of applicants to join him on the Moon.

She’ll be one of his Bright Sparks, six students with expertise in STEM and plenty of their own ingenuity chosen to work with Dr. Bright and given big responsibilities to undertake new projects important to the growth of the colony. Her first task? Build a radar telescope using an entire crater on the far side of the Moon.

But Barbara soon learns that life on a burgeoning frontier outpost like the Moon is a far cry from safe, civilized Earth. The loner from farm country must find a way to weld a functional team out of fiercely independent thinkers. Not only are they a bit trickier to work with than farm robots, not only is the working environment incredibly dangerous—she also has to perform this miracle in front of millions of fans….

*** I received this book on edelweiss in exchanged for an honest review, thank you so much for Baen publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review Moon Beam! ***

I thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything in Moon Beam it is a middle grade too young adult book, but it is absolutely great for kids too read this great book. Now Moon Beam is really, really sci-fi that I literally got confuse and my head was spinning a mile a minute while reading all the scientific technology and terms. I am not a major sci-fi person if you are than you will easily understand it, but at first I didn't understand the scientific technology and terms but the author explains everything too you carefully and easily that you can totally understand 100%. There are also some pictures that are like diagrams to me there are the plans that the kids were working on a special project they did for a difficult mission there where going on in Moon Beam. I really don't want too go into any details about Moon Beam because you all should experienced reading this book and see if you like it or not. As you can tell I loved everything about this amazing book. The world building was so complex and amazing that I wish that I lived it that world. The plotline was very unique and refreshing to me that I never read anything quite like this book before. Except maybe I have read a book about a city on the moon before but not quite like this one. The characters ohh the characters are all well rounded and very developed that I love each and every character in Moon Beam, especially there are characters that are diverse which I immediately love that aspect in the book I am all in for diversity in books. The writing style was very descriptive and expressive like I said the book is very sci-fi, but everything is carefully and easily explain to the readers if you are not a big sci-fi person like me that you will be very grateful how the author explains everything for you in the book. The only problem I had with Moon Beam I wish there was an epilogue in Moon Beam because this book is a stand-alone as far as I now. But I just wish it ended with final epilogue if you know what I mean. But other than that, that's my only complain about Moon Beam. I will most definitely try too check out more books by both these authors Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye in the near future!

Travis S. Taylor 

Travis Shane Taylor is a born and bred southerner and resides just outside Huntsville, Alabama. He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master’s degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the Univ. of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama.

Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He is currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies and systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He is also involved with multiple MASINT, SIGINT, IMINT, and HUMINT concept studies.

He has published over 25 papers and the appendix on solar sailing in the 2nd edition of Deep Space Probes by Greg Matloff.

His first science fiction novel is, Warp Speed, and his second is The Quantum Connection published by Baen Publishing. He is also working on two different series with best-selling author John Ringo also by Baen Publishing. He has several other works of both fiction and nonfiction ongoing.

Travis is also a Black Belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, races mountain and road bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives with his wife Karen, his daughter Kalista Jade, two dogs Stevie and Wesker, and his cat Kuro.

Jody Lynn Nye 

Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.

Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.

For four years, she was on the technical operations staff of a local Chicago television station, WFBN (WGBO), serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements.

Over the last twenty or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago. She also runs the two-day writers workshop at DragonCon.

Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer, military historian and book packager, and a black cat, Jeremy.

No comments:

Post a Comment