Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

click meHow did I get the book?  StorytellerInc Book Club – Book 4

Genre: Dystopian

First Impression: Yes!
(I actually cheered when I found out this was our choice for the month. I’d been eyeing it for ages.)

Synopsis: When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever present oppressive forces of The Motherland.
Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing in this original and spellbinding book.

200words (or less) review:  I had incredibly high expectations before I started reading Maggot Moon and when it comes to storytelling and writing Sally Gardner delivered without fail. For me, while I liked Standish, his grandfather and all the other characters I wasn’t as emotionally attached as I expected.

Maggot Moon is full of amazing moments. Events that will most certainly haunt you and plenty of things to make you think and want to talk about afterwards. There is swearing, which I didn’t have a problem with, and violence; again for me both these worked with the story and made sense but I can appreciate how others might disagree with that.

This book is told quickly in short chapters, some of these no more than a page yet the amount of crammed into that short space of time is impressive. I was never bored and read Maggot Moon in one sitting, unable to put it down. I also loved the picture story that accompanies Standish’s narration.

This was my first Sally Gardner book, it most definitely won’t be my last.

Recommend it?


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