Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer is an amazing read that truly crosses genre lines. It's geared toward middle grade, but anyone that enjoys a good dystopian novel will love it. Scott writes in such a way that you are pulled into the story in very few pages. When I finished the book, which was very soon after picking it up, I couldn't believe how few pages he used to weave the amazing story!
So it all starts with the exciting news that the earth will pass through the tail of a comet, leaving purple space dust in the atmosphere and coloring the moon purple for a time. As with all dystopian novels, you can assume that it has terrible consequences. All of the adults have had some sort of reaction to the dust and have died. I love that the main character, Abby, and her family live on a small island, having them even more separated from society in an event like this amped up the story in a brilliant way.
The way that Abby struggles to care for her brother and sister in this newly developing society is painted well. I did think that their would be more of a Lord of the Flies vibe, like with the Gone series (which has a slightly similar plot), but I was pleased that this story didn't read like that. It is very unique.
I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone, younger readers included.