Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Heart Wrenching Dystopian Read

Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy #1) by Scott Cramer

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.

Review: A dystopian novel with a slightly unbelievable plot, but heart wrenching ending.

I would personally call this a science fiction novel with dystopian elements since the world Abby finds herself in after the comet is more of an apocalyptic one. I can see the world quickly becoming a dystopian world. Of course, this is all just nitpicking with genres. I found it a bit silly that an epidemic from a comment only attacks people who have reached puberty. There is a decent explanation for it, but it still was a bit odd. This book reminded me of the Gone series since all the adults are gone although Night of the Purple covers more time and manages to fit it all in one book and not two or three or four.

I did find it a little hard to believe that the kids on the island could work together well enough to create a farm, ration food, create work schedules, etc, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt. The disease itself was rather nasty, especially the rash. It was painful to watch as the kids died. It was heartbreaking to read about Abby and Jordan's journey near the end of the novel.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy young adult dystopian fiction.

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