DOUBLE FULL MOON LIGHT by Gentry Lee

DOUBLE FULL MOON LIGHT

KIRKUS REVIEW

Lee’s sequel to Bright Messengers (1995) comes with a solid synopsis: eight years previously, engineer Johann Eberhardt, some Martian colonists, and a number of saintly Michaelite nuns, previously tantalized by particle-ribbon beings that the nuns regard as angels, entered a strange spacecraft and were whisked off into the unknown. Now Johann and his young daughter, Maria, live on an island in a sea inside a vast spaceship—until, forced to leave by the threat of the squidlike, perhaps intelligent, nozzlers, they find other survivors on another island, and exchange histories. Johann explains about his visions: the particle-beings have re-created his beloved Beatrice, who died in childbirth, as a glowing simulacrum that occasionally visits to offer advice. The island’s other intelligent inhabitants, the small, furry maskets, ask Johann to help dispose of a troublesome predator. But soon the nozzlers grab everyone and confine them in a grotto. Glowing Beatrice appears, telling Johann that they’re all traveling to a new planet with two moons. Here, years later, Beatrice reappears to warn Johann that something bad will happen on Double Full Moon Night, and what to do about it. He informs the others, but most don’t believe in his visions and refuse to help—these are captured by insectlike bronkers, and vanish. Three decades pass; Johann falls off a cliff and must be abandoned to the bronkers. Only two teenagers survive, to be whisked away by yet another spaceship. Their daughter, another Maria, is eventually picked up by the alien, Eagle, aboard spaceship Rama. Eagle takes Maria to visit the particle-beings, who re-create Johann; he tells her about her family. Neither the desultory plot nor the plodding prose generates much narrative tension: imaginative, sometimes, but this unengaging space odyssey’s mostly just pointless.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1999
ISBN: 0-553-09007-0
Page count: 320pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999




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