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.
With an exquisite style to her writing, Gardner has done it again. Maggot Moon is a beautiful tale about two boys who have had difficult lives but are both determined and strong characters that lead not only themselves to an adventure, but the reader too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I believe that it will become a future classic. At the first page I was hooked into Standish’s world and I didn’t want to let go until I had read the last word. I endeavoured Maggot Moon in one sitting and although I found some parts quite strange and unrealistic, I enjoyed the book. This is an easy book to plough through, as it was light but heavy at the same time. The chapters are quite short and as they are told through the eyes of a young boy who can’t read or write, the sentences are quite simple too. However, this is no book for the faint of heart. It has suspenseful cliff-hangers, a tension building plot, scenes that will make you gasp, cry and laugh and stimulating characters. Do you think you are strong enough to take on this escapade?
In my opinion, despite Maggot Moon being a terrific thriller, I found that some parts are definitely not suitable to its intended readership: a child. There are some violent scenes that had me cringing – a fourteen year old. There are also some unnecessary swearing parts that I think was overdone.
Furthermore, there are some beautiful literary phrases that are breath-taking – but are they worth putting in for children? I think most of the clever metaphors will not be understood and not appreciated.
Overall, I loved Maggot Moon. If you enjoy unique, original and books that will leave you awe-struck then this is the book for you!
Thank you to Hot Keys Books for review and Love Reading for sending me this for review! :)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 6th September 2012
Edition: ARC Paperback
Source: For Review
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