Hurricane Moon is a futuristic sci-fi novel set primarily on an alien world. The Earth is failing and running out of options. Volunteers are sent on a mission into deep space to find a viable planet to colonize. The people on board the ship are placed in cryogenic stasis. As they revive to an alien world fitting the basic parameters ideal for terraforming, everything seems to go wrong. First, it had taken them about 1000 years just to find a viable planet. Secondly, they were never meant to be in stasis for so long and there was significant unforeseen damage to their DNA. Third, all radio signals from Earth had abruptly stopped less than a century into their voyage according to the computers, so it appears they are truly on their own. Add into the mix the adverse effect the strange blue oceanic moon is having on them and problems abound. Can the colonists live long enough to adapt to this new world or will their bodies give out before their scientists can develop a cure?
I would first like to state that I received this from the author for an honest review. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a little of a short story I read in grade school that I adored – The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh – but with it’s own unique set of problems to overcome. I was impressed by Ms. Latner’s attention to detail. She has successfully woven an intricate tale of survival in a vivid world very different from our own and even added in a little romance to sweeten the deal. I am truly looking forward to the next installment of this epic space adventure.