Review: Dead Moon by Peter Clines

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead.

The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past.

But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance.

An enemy that is already dead.

Now Cali and her compatriots must fight to survive. Because if they don’t, everyone on the Moon may be joining the dead.

And maybe everyone on Earth, too.

Dead Moon by Peter Clines. Book #3 from the Threshold series. Narrated by Ray Porter. Published by Audible Studios February 14, 2019. 11 hours and 23 mins.

Space. Zombies. :O YES and thank you! I mean, come on! There are zombies on the MOON! If that doesn’t grab you right off the bat, I don’t know what will… Seriously, as soon as I first read the plot blurb, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book. Yes, I am already a big fan of zombies, but I thought the whole premise of there being graveyards on the moon would be an interesting twist to the typical zombie story.

There is another reason I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dead Moon… I really like Peter Clines and I very much enjoyed book one, 14, and book two, The Fold. I was very excited when I saw that there was a new book coming out in that series. I drooled over it for a few months while waiting for it to hurry up and come out.

Now, the fact that this is a book 3 in a series seems to be a hot little issue for some of the people. When I finished the book and looked to see what everyone else was saying about it, I was really surprised to see so many negative reviews. 😮 A lot of people seemed to have issue with it being part of the Threshold series because they felt like it didn’t address any thing from the previous two novels in the series. There were no little green bugs. There was no portal. Several people complained that they didn’t see any connect to the other two novels at all. Well, that is flat out not true… There is a pretty big connection to the other two novels, but I admit it does take all the way to the end of the book before it is fully revealed! But boy what a reveal. 😮 It is worth the wait. Very creepy and kinda on the gross side! From reading some peoples reviews, I get the feeling like they might have missed what that connection was.

Some people seemed to be pretty turned off that it was a zombie book. Well, it was definitely not your run of the mill zombie book. The reason for being re-animated was pretty different. On top of that you add that they are on the moon… You could feel the hopelessness and desperation of the situation so much more because there was literally nowhere else the survivors could escape to. You have one small city that is more tourist trap then city, and then thousands and thousands of graves. A key element to a zombie story is the feelings of isolation for the human survivors… Well, being on the moon makes that isolation become crystal clear and very creepy feeling.

Clines always has fun characters and it was the same with Dead Moon. I really enjoyed the back and forth banter of the main cast of characters. I enjoyed that they were flawed and not nearly perfect. Some people complain about the characters being too two dimensional, but I didn’t really see that problem. I mean, did we get a sweeping backstory on every single person introduced? No. But everyone had their own personality and spark and you could feel the camaraderie between the people in this story and that really works.

The narrator is one of my faves, Ray Porter. I love this guys voice and emotion he puts in to his reading. Porter is a perfect fit to the kind of characters that Clines comes up with. It is seriously a match made in heaven. I 100% recommend the audio for this book (as well as 14 and The Fold!). Ray just has the perfect amount of sighs, grumbles, eye rolls, pauses and sarcastic wit that just is a perfect parring.

This book was such a blast to listen to. I’m so sadface to see that there are so many negative reviews of it. It feels like people are just upset because it didn’t answer their questions from the previous book and didn’t have a huge obvious connect. Or they were upset that it had zombies. Some people just flat out missed or refuse to see the connection to the other two books all together. Such a shame! I highly recommend it. It is fun and unique. Haters be hating I guess. *shrug* Ray Porter does another excellent job on the audio. Don’t let the negative reviews scare you away from giving this book a try. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


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