Even though she is on Earth, Phaet can’t hide from the evil, totalitarian Lunar government for long.
Months after Phaet and Wes’ desperate flight from the Moon in Dove Arising (2015), they’ve taken refuge at his home, Saint Oda, where Phaet’s become a member of the island community. Still, they cover up what actually happened on Wes’ mission as well as the fact that Phaet’s from the Moon—the highly religious Odans, who’ve previously suffered unprovoked Lunar attacks, call Lunars “demons.” But when a representative from Pacifia, one of the two large, rival Earthbound powers, shows up with video footage of the Lunar forces torturing Phaet’s imprisoned brother, Phaet covertly uses Odan technology to contact one of their Moon spies. She learns that Lunars have allied with Pacifia, located her and Wes, and will attack Saint Oda shortly. Her identity unveiled, Phaet’s sent on a suicide mission against Pacifia to halt the attack, only to have Wes join her and decide instead to take them to Pacifia’s enemy, Battery Bay, for help. The narrative moments that explore the Earthbound civilizations are interesting but over quickly. When the attack comes, Phaet sneaks back to the Moon to rescue her brother but finds she has become a symbol of the resistance. The slow Lunar plot culminates in elections for the all-powerful council. Glaring weak spots include secondary characters’ unconvincing motives and tacked-on romantic plots.
Its protagonist of Asian heritage aside, it’s a standard-issue dystopian middle volume. (Science fiction. 13-18)