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The Moon at Noon (The House Next Door Book 3) Kindle Edition
A door in time. A visitor from the future. A girl determined to save the boy she loves.
The third book in the mind-twisting dystopian time travel series, 'The House Next Door'
Mathew Erlang travels north through an England overrun by violence and sickness. Accompanied by a new friend, he finally makes it to his grandmother’s house, but all is not as it seems in this childhood place of safety. Meanwhile, Clara makes an uncanny pact with Mathew’s peculiar neighbour and finally learns the truth about Mr. Lestrange.
˃˃˃ Author Q&A
Q: What made you want to write YA time travel fiction?
I love books like the Hunger Games and Divergent. I also love books like Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking and Chuck Wendig’s Heartland Trilogy. They are all exciting, deeply engaging dystopian action adventure series. They all make you stop and think. So I wanted to write something similar. But I’ve been reading about futurology and climate change for years and they have seeped into my subconscious. I liked the idea of exploring possible futures based on the non-fiction I’d be reading. To do that I needed Mathew Erlang, my main character, to be able to jump forward into the future to see how things turn out.
Q: Why specifically write teen dystopia? Why not write for adults?
I’m not sure I am specifically writing just for teens. I read a lot of young adult fiction and I’m certainly not a teen! But when I built the world and the much bigger story that Mathew’s tale exists in, he happened to turn out to be a teenaged boy at the beginning of his series.
Q: You describe your books at cli-fi. What does that mean?
Cli-fi means climate change fiction. It’s a spin on sci-fi, of course, but it’s a type of dystopian science fiction or speculative fiction that specifically deals with the impact of climate change on the people of the future.
Q: Why did you want to write about climate change?
It’s the big issue of our times and the biggest challenge we’ve faced as a civilisation. There’s a huge scientific consensus about the fact that climate change is man made and that it is likely to massively disrupt our lives in the future, but lots of people don’t believe in it. I read an article a while ago in The New Scientist (which is my favourite magazine) saying that the climate change lobby needs more artists and writers to go and spread the message. Frighteningly, young people, who are likely to suffer the most in the future, are particularly not engaging with the issue.
Q: Is this it for Mathew? Are there no more stories?
This is the last book in the 'House Next Door' trilogy, but I am already working on the first book in a new series. It tells the story of the Kind and the Lamplighter, characters that appeared at the end of 'The Boy Who Fell from the Sky'. Plus, I don't think I'm quite done with Mathew yet. We'll have to see.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B018SFRHCM
- Publisher : Mean Time Books (December 22, 2015)
- Publication date : December 22, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1152 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #987,328 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Owen is a very talented author and her gift of imagination should delight almost everyone.
First, her vision of the future is absolutely clear in her mind and vividly rendered. Few SF novels have seemed so possible to me a real future arc. The combination and contrast of advanced technologies with a new social order and politics driven by extreme climate change seem more relevant than anything else I have recently read. As I read the books, I watched news pieces of both war and climate change that made the books seem eerily prescient.
Second, each book held more of the new, even within the schema set out in the original book. Credit Jule with creating a rich enough environment that she was always able to use that structure to create and reveal things that were novel to the reader.
Third, the final book came with revelations that were intricately woven through the first two. The plots of these books were not made up as they went along. From start to finish, this trilogy felt like a single well-conceived book.
Fourth, there are complexities that arise from the plot (especially in this third book) that made my head swim a little. Jule handles these moments deftly. She is a smart writer, giving a smart product that has a measure cleverness without being smug.
Well done. I hope to read more from Jule Owen.
Top reviews from other countries
This book and the previous two were really well written, enjoyable, fast paced enough so that you don't get bored, yet detailed so that you are immersed into a post-apocalyptic London 2055. The technological descriptions are not far fetched, and the language used is not too localised to the UK (as is the case with other UK-based sci fi writers).
There is an obvious political message, which may or may not find the reader agreeable, but it is presented in such an objective way that doesn't really annoy you, but rather induce emotions about the future to come. This in my opinion is one of the great achievements of Jule Owen; creating this cyber-post-apocalyptic dystopia, where the current western civilisation is collapsing although technology has clearly advanced.
I won't give away any spoilers (although If you've read the previous two books, by now you probably have a good idea of whats going on) but I will say this: for the first time after years, I was left yearning for more books in this series.
By the time I got to this third book in the trilogy, I was so eager to find out how it would conclude but at the same time was left wanting to read more. I am encouraged by the fact that we are told it's not the end of the story. And of course, it isn't. The details of the story may fade in our memories - I read this a few months ago already - but the important message vis-à-vis climate change remains intact.
For me, the author's writing skill and proficiency develops along with the plot. The characters grow to the extent that we see an older and younger version of them and I became fully absorbed in the twists and turns as we are all moved from one year to another. Good guys, bad guys, gadgets with a hint of magic, suspense, emotion and the complexity of human behaviour and its motives: it's all there.
Looking forward to more from this writer who I'm sure has a lot more in store.