This near-future sci-fi adventure sends humankind back to the moon, this time to make first contact with an inscrutable alien race. And when Earth’s new acquaintances become new neighbors, humanity might not be done with the moon yet — and it might not be done with Earth. Fortunately for humankind, it has Conn Garrow. They said Conn wasn’t qualified for astronaut training. To prove herself, all she’ll have to do is outwit alien races, escape from prison, run a huge business, survive assassination attempts, engineer impossible rescues — and walk on the moon. Never tell Conn there’s something she can’t do.
This review is going to seem overly critical, so I want to start by saying that I liked Girl on the Moon, by Jack McDonald Burnett. There are a lot of heated dialog on both sides of the indie versus traditional publishing argument. Kindle Press, and its slush pile, Kindle Scout, are a great hybridization of both worlds. I missed the Kindle Scout campaign for this book and would’ve readily nominated it had I seen it. I did pick up Girl on the Moon through the Prime Reading program through Amazon.
A review compared this to Andy Weir’s The Martian. While they both have a person stranded on a celestial body with little chance of rescue, the stories are nothing alike. Girl on the Moon tells us of the trials and tribulations of Constance “Conn” Garrow, who wants so bad to be an astronaut. The story fills in much back story, and after the opening scene continues beyond Conn’s stint on the moon.
When I say ‘tells,’ I mean it. There is very little dialog, with the author info-dumping large swaths of text. For some reason though, it seems to work. I did find some of the various solutions throughout the story to be a bit coincidental, and unlike The Martian, where the Watney character overcame adversity with intelligence, stubbornness and a witty snark, Conn seems to persevere through outside forces.
Here and there I had trouble suspending my disbelief, and Girl on the Moon doesn’t have the hard sci-fi angle that other stories like this have, but overall, I enjoyed the read. I would definitely look for more sci-fi in the future from Jack McDonald Burnett. I’ll bump my fractional rating up to four stars, and recommend this story to any sci-fi fan or an indie fan. Plus, it’s free with Amazon Prime membership, so get it.
Jack McDonald Burnett is an attorney living in the Atlanta metro area. In former lives, Jack was a freelance writer, an editor for a small, niche publisher, and communications director for a software company. Jack’s short fiction has appeared in the anthology Defiant, She Advanced: Legends of Future Resistance, available from Amazon, Ama-Gi Magazine, and firstwriter.magazine. His nonfiction work has appeared in such diverse publications and venues as Mortgage Lending Compliance Alert, American Builders Quarterly, Mortgage Technology, Economic Opportunity Report, and Puck Daddy. His first novel, Girl on the Moon, is newly available in the Kindle Store. He is writing the sequel, Girl on Mars, and two other novels.