Moon and the Mars by Kia Corthron

Moon and the Mars

Kia Corthron

585 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction historical emotional sad slow-paced


The highly anticipated new novel from the winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize examines NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the civil war through the eyes of a young biracial girl. “Rarely does one enco...

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Community Reviews Summary of 37 reviews


emotional 76%
informative 57%
adventurous 52%
hopeful 52%
reflective 47%
challenging 42%
sad 42%
dark 33%
funny 23%
tense 23%
inspiring 19%
relaxing 4%


medium 60%
slow 35%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 61% | Character: 33% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 94% | It's complicated: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 55% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 16%

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