Awards & Reviews

Night Owls has captured my heart! I may not be as huge a partygoer or as knowledgeable about music as Ethan and his crew, but I can safely say I will follow those Owls to the ends of the universe (or for as long as this series continues!).


★★★★★ – Literary Titan

“Envisage a future where the moon, Luna, becomes a nexus of societal division and clandestine exploits. The year is 2195, and amidst this celestial body’s barren landscapes, two disparate classes – the affluent and the destitute – jockey for their respective agendas. Enter Ethan, a charismatic thief and the unexpected hero of Stephen Gay’s enthralling novel, Night Owls.
As the head of a vibrant, colorfully eclectic crew of misfits, Ethan navigates through a daring narrative, expertly meshing the adventuresome spirit of “Guardians of the Galaxy” with the shrewd ingenuity reminiscent of “Ocean’s 11.” The Night Owls, however, are no mere accessories to Ethan’s escapades. Each member brings a wealth of emotional complexity, elevating the stakes as the peril enveloping Luna gradually unfurls.

Stephen Gay’s narrative commendably intertwines razor-sharp dialogue and meticulously choreographed action, all whilst endearing us to an antihero who could give Han Solo a run for his money in charm and audacity. The triumph in Ethan doesn’t solely lie in his leadership but, notably, in the enchanting lure of his rebellious spirit, which is apt to entice even the most law-abiding reader into his lively, lunar underworld.

The intrigue doesn’t end with heists and hairbreadth escapes. Darkness shrouds Luna, quite literally, as unexplained power outages beset the colony, the occurrence of which bears an uncanny correlation to the unfolding drama. Ethan, discerning a connection, propels the Night Owls into a race against time, where each revelation threatens to rupture the very foundation of their alliance.

Night Owls is far more than a standard sci-fi adrenaline dash. It excels in orchestrating a moral symphony, where the lines between heroism and villainy blur into a mesmerizing gray. Readers find themselves ensnared in a delicate dance of ethics, perpetually reassessing the purity of motivations on both ends of the moral spectrum.

Stephen Gay doesn’t just tell a story; he invites readers into a robust, moral contemplation, cleverly ensconced within layers of thrilling technology, audacious expeditions, and convivial camaraderie. The Night Owls don’t merely traverse through adventures; they sweep the reader along, enticing them into a world where the dichotomy between virtue and vice is as elusive as the dark side of the moon.

Night Owls is an exploration of the moral cosmos, where each star shimmers with ambiguity and uncharted potential. It is an unequivocal must-read for those who seek heart-thumping adventures that do not shy away from posing philosophical quandaries amidst the enthralling chaos.”

★★★★★ – Reader Views

“Night Owls: A Moon Colony Sci-Fi Adventure” by Stephen Gay is an out-of-this-world science fiction thriller that takes readers to the moon and back. Twenty-year-old Ethan Keller and his friends, who dub themselves the Night Owls, are famous for throwing some of the best parties on New Luna, a fast-growing human settlement on the Moon. His biggest worries are saving enough credits each month to help his mom pay the bills, making sure that the Night Owls’ unsanctioned parties remain under the radar of the authorities, and not getting caught when engaging in various missions involving petty theft.

Tension on New Luna has been thickening, however, as blackouts have been increasing in the districts. While those in the Silver District relax in their mansions, drink expensive liquor, and never have to worry about the quality or quantity of their air, the rest of the citizens of New Luna are suffering, some even dying, because of the power outages. After accidentally witnessing an act of corporate espionage, Ethan and his friends become wrapped up in a deadly game of cat and mouse as they try to discover what this has to do with the problems in New Luna. Can they help catch the culprits and help New Luna? Or will they become yet more collateral damage at the hands of a greedy power-mad corporate executive?

“Night Owls” was a true thrill ride. Fast-paced, full of flashy, futuristic gadgets and technology, and equipped with a cast of quirky, diverse characters, the book has all the makings of a literary blockbuster. Ethan is a gritty, headstrong narrator who grows from a slightly frustrating, thickheaded, and impulsive young man to a young man who, while maybe still too impulsive for his own good, has had his eyes fully opened to the demons of his world, and how they not only impact his life but those of the world around him.

He shakes off the remnants of innocent ignorance left over from childhood and instead starts thinking more about how to help the world suffering around him, rather than focusing solely on his own gains. Petty rivalries, resisting authority, and working out his anger by getting drunk in his room pale in comparison to having his family and friends threatened, harmed, and used as pawns by those who should know better.

“Night Owls” took me a while to get into. The book had a slower build-up than I had anticipated based on the synopsis. I kept waiting for the big shoe to drop, but the first half of the book seemed to focus a lot on Ethan’s attempts to steal specific objects either to score a lot of credits, to make up for losing out on a deal in the opening chapters, or to find new locations or gadgets for the parties he and his friends throw. I kept waiting for the urgency of the main conflict to kick in, and that did not really happen until at least halfway into the book.

It was not until Ethan and Aysha were forced to go on a rescue mission to Earth that it seemed like the storyline fully focused on the main conflict. From there, however, the book was impossible to put down. I read the last 180-200 pages in one sitting. Once the real emergency kicked in, the action was non-stop (not to mention the danger!). By the end, I was fully hooked on Ethan’s ragtag group.

“Night Owls” is a phenomenal read for older teens and college-age readers. Adult readers who love space science fiction, dystopian novels, and books about groups of ragtag and misfit heroes would also thoroughly enjoy it. I am certainly looking forward to reading the next two books in the series! “Night Owls” by Stephen Gay is sure to be a hit.