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59083226._sx318_She is not who she thinks she is. Her true identity is a mystery.

Trapped in a cellar by a man she does not know, a young girl is forced to act out the life of someone she has never met to stay alive. When she escapes, she finds herself on the run, confused about her past, and hunted by a sinister corporation.

With the help of Bobby Houndstooth, a teacher she once knew, and Nutt, an android who loves to dance, Silon begins to unravel her true identity. She must decide if she will be the person others expect her to be or if she can become a person of her own making.
Even if it kills her.

A Sci-Fi Biopunk Thriller for fans of the Ghost in the Shell, Klara and the Sun, and the Murderbot Diaries

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Storytellers on Tour eARC 222 indie Sci-Fi Biopunk Thriller November 2nd, 2021

CW: Mild references to sexual abuse, violence, and graphic language

Sweet hot damn, I would watch this book on TV. As a movie. Also- I now want to read every other Weisman-written book. Yeah, Moon Rising was good! Is good! Read it!

I read the word ‘biopunk’ in the synopsis and knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to read Moon Rising. Sue me, I’m a total whore for funky words like biopunk. And, I loved that the synopsis was wonderfully vibing on a level of mysterious that just could not be ignored. Basically, you have NO idea what you’re getting into when picking up this title. How magnificent.

Moon Rising starts out in a rather chilling manner. There is a young girl, in a basement and you’re reading her thoughts about her stay there. It has been 30 something days and there lives a man upstairs who comes at the same time every evening… All she knows is that she must somehow fit into the role that the man wants her to be… and thinking so, or the act of thinking at all, seems to be what triggers the chain of events in this book. I know this is super vague, but there is a scene of abuse (which isn’t graphic as such and slightly vague, but still present) and what follows after is as surprising as it could possibly get for me.

Yes, this book is intended for mature audience. No, there is no serious graphic sex scenes as such, but there is some violence (in addition to the aforementioned abuse scene) and there is abuse in other ways – mental manipulation – and I guess the question of ethics which sometimes can raise more questions than answers. Oh, and there was a couple of mentions of ‘boy parts’ – yes, literal quote and which I found slightly cringey and awkward but, hey… that’s how the data flows! beep-boop-boop

We have Bobby Houndstooth, a lesbian scientist, who has been nicknamed Teacher by her workplace and her, well, students. She has a soft-handed approach and a heart in the right place. Last thing she expects is to make a decision that puts everything at risk – her career and lives. But for what’s right, she could not decide any other way.

And thus it is that the reader is flung into fast-paced action where stakes are high and twists and betrayal lurking at every corner. Definitely kept me on my toes and the pages of the book flew past at breakneck speed. As I said, I would totally watch a movie based on this book. It’s totally my kind of entertainment. Jackpot!

But then, for the thinking man wanting a bit more depth than a simple chase and race, there is the subtle hint of ethics and moral code hanging over the whole story like a shadow, and it’s great. Because then nothing is as straight forward. And as I turned the last page of the book – the ending by the way: chef’s kiss! – I was left there, sitting, with all these possibilities still to be explored and it made me very happy. I can’t wait to read more! So… Boom! Daniel Weisbeck well and truly delivered!

Daniel WeisbeckDaniel Weisbeck is the award-winning author of the bestselling series Children of the Miracle, a dystopian adventure. Daniel is a native US citizen but has lived in the UK for over twenty years working in the technology and software fields, bringing a unique and authentic voice to his speculative science fiction. Daniel is an openly gay author who has been happily married to his partner for over twenty years. When not writing about androids and hybrid humans in the future, you will find him taking care of his three dogs, two rescue racehorses, and thirty rescue sheep who all live in the South Downs of England.