The scenario depicted is entirely plausible and makes for a compelling story that grapples with the fascinating opportunities offered by science and the enormous risks that come along with it, often overshadowed by the undue trust placed in progress. At the same time, Waiting for August’s New Moon is also a tale of awareness and inner liberation centred on an intelligent and idealistic but highly naive young woman. The terrifying experience that she undergoes brings about a profound psychological transformation, turning her certainties into doubts and her fears into courage. The author’s distinctive style is once again on display in this, his second work. The deft and spare prose goes straight to the heart of the issues at hand. With a light touch, the reader is guided through the events of the book without ever losing the thread and without being weighed down and distracted by minute and redundant descriptions of facts and situations along the way. Waiting for August’s New Moon is a delightful novel, deep yet delicate at the same time, which can be read in one sitting.