The Charon Covenant by Brenda Munday Gifford

30 Dec

Favorite lines: “I can’t believe you can be so calm. It’s not only your wife in there somewhere, but now they’ve locked us up like criminals. What does it take to get you angry.” (p. 55)

Ms. Gifford had a great concept when she began this book. The premise is that people on earth have caused the planet to become unlivable and some of the surviving humans have set up a new civilization on the moon.  A few generations later and humans are living under the authority of the Circle.

The Circle is made of old government leaders determined to create a better society and avoid the mistakes of the past. The problems arise when a couple gives birth to a son and are later told he died. Not believing the doctor who told her the child died, Dara Drew begins demanding to see her child. When that request is denied, she begins a quest to find out what or who is in charge of the many negative changes on the moon.

As I said, I enjoyed the idea behind the book. There were several technical things that irritated me though. The first thing that bothered me was the typos. For example, “her father past away.” My next problem was the paragraph  that began in third person and jumped to second person before flowing back to third person. I also think that the chapters should be broken up differently.

There are three major couples in the book: the Drews, a doctor and his girlfriend, and the Sands. Throughout the book the story flips randomly (from paragraph to paragraph) from one couple to another. So, I may be following the Drew’s conversation in one paragraph and then (with no warning) be reading about Mr. Sand wanting to talk to Mrs. Sand. It is controlled chaos.

I don’t read a lot of science fiction. I tend to stick to romance and fantasy books right now, but I can’t honestly say that I’d recommend this book. I say that not because the story was horrid, but because it is not a cleanly finished product. Read other blogger’s opinions here and here.

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3 Responses to “The Charon Covenant by Brenda Munday Gifford”

  1. T.C. December 31, 2007 at 12:21 pm #

    As you said, it doesn’t sound like a bad book from the concept. But typos really bug me, and lack of consistency on the telling of the story also bugs me. I may give it a shot, but chances are I won’t, even with a cool sci-fi plot like that.

  2. J. Kaye December 31, 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    I was getting some hits from this blog and decided to pop by. I love your blog as well as your taste in books!

    About the above book…

    Since I am a walking typo, I can’t say anything negative about that. 🙂

  3. scooper December 31, 2007 at 1:26 pm #

    T.C.- It was a great idea, but the technical flaws prevented me from enjoying it as much as I might have otherwise. I’m not huge on technicalities usually, so for me to notice means a lot.

    J.Kaye- I’m not the best speller in the world, but I think that the typos could have been prevented in a quick and thorough read of the book prior to publication. I wasn’t looking for errors either, well until they began popping out at me. I like your site, too!

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