Friday, January 25, 2013

Night of the Purple Moon

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!

Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy)

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.

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