Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Review: Maggot Moon

Imagine a world where the Allied troops were not successful in Europe during World War II. Nazi Germany has control over Europe, and life is not easy for anyone who is different or other. This is the world of Standish Treadwell.

Living in Zone 7 means he's nothing. Most of the homes around him are empty. Neighbors all taken away by the Greenflies, Standish and his grandfather are the last two left. Standish can't read, he can't write and he's lucky to be in school, and alive. But that doesn't mean he can't understand, or imagine things.

The bright spot in his life was Hector a neighbor, now taken away. Now Standish is one left with the truth: that the moon landing planned by the Motherland is not real, and somehow Standish needs to stop it.

Maggot Moon is a challenging read that will keep your mind working out "what ifs". Each detail is presented in Standish's own non linear way of thinking, and as a reader you will see that he is much brighter than he lets on. Author Sally Gardner paints a bleak picture of a world hinging on one boy, who really has nothing to lose.

Maggot Moon paints a dystopian alternate reality that will keep readers thinking. Read a likes include The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Ship Breaker.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Orleans by Sherri Smith)

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