Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon is a dark YA novel that infuses a dystopian world with an unexpectedly powerful story of love, friendship and resilience. Standish Treadwell’s dyslexia only adds to the seemingly insurmountable obstacles before him. But make no mistake; while this is a fast, suspenseful read, Gardner’s vision of a teenager learning how to survive under the constant threat of violence and repression is bleak. However, readers who can handle a frighteningly realistic dystopian world will find much to like in Maggot Moon.
Standish Treadwell is growing up in a Britain dominated by the dark, ruthlessly oppressive forces of The Motherland. Life is hard, but Standish struggles onwards - until his best and only friend Hector is taken away from him, and events take a new and more dangerous turn. an unforgettable story of courage, friendship and rebellio. This haunting dystopia (alternative history?) is written in a wholly original style that will have readers on the edge the edge of their seats from beginning to end.
Bit by bit, you realize something is terribly, terribly rotten in Zone 7, although you'll probably guess the big reveal before it's spelled out. Not really a plot-heavy work, this book relies on atmosphere and character, and does a good job with what it's got. Standish's voice is wonderful, and the claustrophobia and pain of his life is palpable. A melancholy, yet uplifting work.
I found this book to be wonderfully weird. The plot was fascinating, the writing was beautiful, and the whole thing left me just wanting to know more about the world in which the story takes place. It started on a rather mild note, and became more and more subtly disturbing as it went along. The very short chapters, and the art for each chapter (which told a whole different story) added to unsettling feeling. I loved this book and would highly recommend it.
The author manages to pull you right into the story. You worry about Standish. You cringe for Hector. You want to hold little Eric Owen. The little illustrations add to the eerie tone. Highly recommended.
Maggot Moon is a novel about political oppression. The Motherland (never officially named) controls EVERYTHING in Zone 7 where Standish Treadwell lives with his grandfather. It's full of disappeared people, tortured students, and economic/social oppression. The highlight-and what makes Maggot Moon different-is the unique narrator Standish. He captures you with his story from the first chapter and keeps you engaged to the point of reading the whole thing in one session. He's what the Motherland would call "impure". Both physically and mentally.He cannot read or write, he has one brown and one blue. He should by all accounts be exterminated but he survives. Perhaps because his perceived impurity protects him and makes him invisible. Maggot Moon tells the story of Standish and his determination to stand up to the ruthless Motherland.
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