The new book Artemis, by Andy Weir (the author of The Martian) comes out on Nov. 14.

It's near-future (2080 or so) techno-thriller set in Artemis, the first and only city on the Moon, owned and managed by the Kenyan Space Corporation (KSC). How the KSC comes to create and run the first colony on the Moon is among the most interesting part of the book.

Also interesting, the Artemis economy and its electronic currency "slugs" (soft-landed grams). While the slug isn't a currency but a company scrip, it's used as currency in Artemis and can be converted to national currencies.

The book doesn't inspire much sense of wonder, not like for example Arthur C. Clarke's Earthlight or other golden age science fiction novels set on the Moon, but gives a detailed and plausible description of the Artemis lunar outpost, the technology used for mining and manufacturing, and the Artemis economy. Andy Weir thinks settling the Moon is the next logical step in space because business cases can be made (google recent interviews).

The book seems written directly for film, and of course the film is in the works. Since most action scenes take place outside, I think the film could recover the sense of wonder missing from the book.