Review of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

I finally settled in and read this scifi classic. The deep musings on humanity, the cultural development of the lunar settlers/prisoners, and the intricate details on the struggle for independence kept me engrossed. Heinlein reminded me why I love scifi: the construction of entirely different cultures shows what we have now is just a single possibility out of the many expressions of human society.

It was interesting to hear the side of the victims of imperialism. Those whose homeland is being literally sucked dry and shipped to far off lands. In Heinlein’s story the frustration at the face of injustice is channeled into organizing an asymmetric war.

However, I found the characters rather thin and often the story felt like a simple chronological list of events. I could not help but be reminded of Le Guin’s “The Dispossessed” due to similar plot lines, which was also written during the explosion of radical politics in the late 60s to early 70s. Both books beautifully expose the common pitfalls of revolutions and should be read by anyone interested in sociopolitical patterns and change.

What do you think?