Katlin and her father have escaped the moon after their harrowing adventures, but now they find themselves facing new threats in a world that Katlin doesn’t fully understand. How is she supposed to protect her friends on the moon when she has trouble dealing with Earth’s gravity? Meanwhile, her friends have problems of their own. Not only must the nexgens deal with the decaying systems left by their parents and leaders, but they also have to figure out how to maintain their independence when it seems everyone on the planet below is fighting for control.
There aren’t many sequels you can pick up and thoroughly enjoy without reading the first in the series, but this is one of the few. The book integrates backstory seamlessly into a roller coaster of a novel, as the narrative moves from one disaster to another. The only real critique of the story itself is that one or two instances of tech solutions were a little hard to understand for a non-techie, though hard science fiction readers are sure to appreciate it. This issue didn’t compromise the story’s quality, or a reader’s ability to enjoy the novel overall. Moonstroke II is clever, fast, and a fantastic example of quality YA action/adventure.