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Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.  

The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC's goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened.  

Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the governor of Kansas, is considering a run for president. 

©2020 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • catnipRN
  • 2020-07-18

5 stars is not enough!

I have waited for this book since I finished The Fated Sky back in 2018. The author is the narrator, and she is awesome! She has the ability to make you feel like you are there, living the story, experiencing the same emotions. While listening, I laughed, cried, gasped and had anger toward characters to the point that I felt like I was part of story. I look forward to more of her stories, both her own stories and those that she narrates.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-23

Outstanding.

I’d originally been disappointed when I read that this latest novel in the Lady Astronaut series wouldn’t focus on Elma Yorke, the central character so far. How wrong I was.

This instalment of the series is a bit different in tone, in some ways feeling a good deal darker, as tensions escalate and characters face life or death consequences. This book a tightly plotted, close quarters espionage thriller on the moon; how can we say know to that?

Nicole Wargin is a fascinating and rounded character whose true depths are slowly revealed over the course of the novel, and the story is thrilling, heart-breaking, and exultant in all the right places.

A word should be said about the author doing her own narration: it’s amazing. Before listening, I had no idea that Mary Robinette Kowal is also a voice actor, now I’d rank her among my favourite audiobook narrators. She does an incredible job bringing the multinational cast of the book to life, and her performance as Nicole moved me to tears once or twice.

I can’t recommend this enough.

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  • Eric
  • 2020-08-10

Good listen

This series is an excellent story-line that I highly recommend. The characters are exciting, and the story has a subtle forceful type of energy that will keep the listener engaged. 😀😀😀😀

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  • Kate
  • 2020-07-17

Awesome

Another great addition to the series. Really well written. I couldn't stop listening. Only sad that now I have to wait for the next one.

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  • Gary Roelli
  • 2020-10-26

Great continuation of the Lady Astronaut series

This is a great series very well performed by the author. It's an alternative history version of the exploration of space that was caused by the arrival of a meteor that will eventually kill all humans on earth. Very enjoyable characters among them Elma York and Nicole Wargin. This book "The Restless Moon" set in the early 1960's details the problems of going to space at a time when many on earth think they should concentrate efforts on earth alone. Nicole Wargin uses her experience as a spy during World War 2 to stop "Earth First" efforts to turn away from space. There's great tragedy and deceit. I hope very much the story continues in a 4th novel.

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  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2020-07-22

Happenings on the moon during the Mars expedition

This covers what is happening on the moon during the Mars expedition. It does not all go smoothly as you could probably guess. I hope there is a book about what is happening on earth during the same time period.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-03-02

Thrilling third book to a fantastic series

There are very few great historical sci-fi books. Especially so, with female leads. This book just does that and keeps you hooked through to the very end.

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  • A. A. Baldwin
  • 2021-02-13

Fantastic science fiction and alternate history

I admit I was disappointed at first the the protagonist wasn’t the same as the first two books in the series but it ducked me in and kept me interested from beginning to end! Fantastic!

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  • Alex
  • 2021-01-24

is it over.. aleary?

I loved this saga! I am marveled with the fascinating and accurate details that the Mary uses to paint every scene.
The characters are very well developed, human and professional, going through every moment with complex emotions and significant struggles that play a major role in the plot.

I... would love if it was possible for they story of exploration to keep going.

Thank you Mary Robinette this has been an amazing voyage!

and Thank you "Smarter Everyday"'s Destin for telling me about The Calculating Stars through his Rocket Factory videos.

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  • Michael C. Babb
  • 2021-01-20

Fantastic book and awesome performance

I loved the first two booked in the series, and Mary Robinette is an excellent narrator adding richness and life to each character through her performance.

I think this book is the best of the three, and I enjoyed every minute of it.