Title: Maggot Moon
Author: Sally Gardner
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Standish Treadwell can’t read or write but that doesn’t make him stupid. Stuck under the thumb of a ruthless regime where people can disappear – be erased – without a single word, he and his Gramps are just trying to survive. But when his best friend Hector and his family are taken, Standish knows its time to take a stand.
What’s good about it? Everything. The characters are wonderful – Standish, brilliant, brave, Standish is an incredible character and his relationship with Hector is beautiful.
I loved the nods to the conspiracy theories surrounding the moon landing and the world building here was utterly fantastic!
The chapters are the perfect length, not a word is wasted here.
What’s bad about it? The cover on the teen copy (pictured above) doesn’t do it justice. The adult cover is better.
The Verdict? This might be the shortest review I’ve ever done, and it’s simply because everyone should read this. This book hurts, it hurts in the way all good books do when you’re so engaged with the characters and their situation. It hurts so much and the ending…
Just, just read it. You won’t regret it.