Review: Outrun the Moon

This is a perfect example of a rare phenomenon: The digital cover is gorgeous and the physical cover is…less gorgeous.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Rating: 3 Stars

I really liked this but I didn’t love it. It was just so… underwhelming.

This started out great. I really liked Mercy and her goals and I loved the setting – Chinatown in San Francisco. Mercy wants to go to a private school so she can earn the credentials needed for a Chinese woman to open her own company. It was fun to watch her exploits and scheming as she tried to get into the school.

And then she did…and it got kind of boring. I still liked it but I stopped caring about the characters. They just weren’t real enough for me to truly care about. So when the earthquake and the aftermath happened…I didn’t really care. And the ending was rushed and way too happy. And I have a cold heart. I guess it was just unrealistic, given the circumstances and everything else that had happened.  Which is too bad because the rest of the book was really good, though not super great.

So, it was good; the writing was solid, the setting was wonderful, and the characters were fun. I truly did enjoy it. It just wasn’t amazing.

Synopsis – Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

No content besides some light period language.

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