The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Robert A. Heinlein
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Classic Tale of Revolution and Politics, with Some Flaws


The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is an entertaining story of revolution that also provides many discussions about the art of revolution and the ideal structure of a society. I may not have agreed with the views espoused, but I still found the discussions interesting. It bothered me that though it seemed that Heinlein was trying to create a Lunar society where women were empowered, he ended up creating a society where women derive power from their ability to provide sex to men.

I was also a bit disappointed by the way the deck was stacked in favor of our heroes, through the near-unstoppable abilities of the sentient supercomputer Mike and the incompetent opposition to the revolutionaries. It's certainly an exciting story, but I would have liked to see our heroes overcome a few more of the obstacles to freedom through their own human ingenuity.