Day Moon

Tomorrow's Edge Book 1
March 26, 2017
Votes: 4

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Ellie Isenhower
Cover design by AM Design Studios
Formatted by Clean Reads
Published Through Clean Reads
Distributed by Amazon

The Rundown

Set in 2039 A.D., in a not-so-distant world of self-driving cars and artificially intelligent storekeepers, seventeen-year-old Elliot could have been just an ordinary university student sketching illustrations to his heart’s content and eating lunch with the girl he adores. Except he’s not just any ordinary teenager.

Taking a degree program in the computer science, he works on Project Alexandria, a global initiative his deceased grandfather helped build that aims to provide the entire world secure and equal access to the vast knowledge mankind has accumulated throughout its existence. Thus, all forms of print are destroyed. And the not-so-ordinary Elliot owns a book—a very special book gifted to him by his grandfather. The book is a collection of Shakespeare’s complete works and in between its pages, there lies something peculiar. One sonnet in the book, “Day Moon,” does not match the one in Project Alexandria.

There is much to enjoy in DAY MOON. The premise itself will hook you and pique your interest. This may be a futuristic sci-fi novel but the world in which the protagonist Elliot walks on is quite close to the present one. It is a chillingly plausible near-future which makes it so believable. And referring to current trends in technology and pop culture as “old school” or “classic” by that time will definitely bring a smile to your face.

However, for an action-adventure novel, it is lacking. The plot is dragging for most parts and there is no sense of urgency that can propel the reader to know more of what is going on. It is this page-turner feat that helps action and adventure stories like this one feel more immersive to the reader and DAY MOON is running short. The characters were okay but there is little emotional connection to create with the reader. One will not feel attached to any of the characters after reading. And the fact that most of the first half of the novel was spent inside Elliot’s head, ruminating on his life and the world around him in wordy paragraphs, certainly didn’t help.

Despite all this, Armstrong must still be credited for an intricately crafted novel and his palpable knowledge on both technology and literature—something that he has admirably integrated into and made significant in the novel. There is no doubt that DAY MOON is an interesting book and a good introduction to a world worth delving into.


The Recommendation

Despite its slow pace and a cast of characters you might not feel emotionally connected to, this is a novel worth checking out for its amazing world-building and its exploration on what makes up truth in the digital age—unsettlingly, something the world is experiencing right this moment.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars

3 Stars (out of 5): Pretty good. Sure, there were some issues, but it was still worth the read.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Believable, Strong World-Building
Cons: Character Developement, Slow, Wordy

The Reviewer

Day Moon

In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global software initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare’s complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled “Day Moon”. When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it.

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Author’s Summary

In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global software initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare’s complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled “Day Moon”. When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it.

Short Description

AD 2039: Project Alexandria is an initiative to give all humanity safe and equal access to all recorded knowledge. But one teen knows something is wrong. There are dark intentions behind Project Alexandria and the key may lie in a sonnet titled, “Day Moon”. All of history depends on it.

Catchphrase

Eluding authorities, one teen holds history’s key.

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