Genre: MG Science fiction
It was just supposed to turn the sky purple for a little while, but the comet passing close to Earth introduces germs into the atmosphere that kill anyone who’s hit puberty. Thirteen-year-old Abby Leigh and her brother Jordan are trapped with their two-year-old sister on Castine Island, Maine. There are no adults. No cops, no medical personnel.
The Night of the Purple Moon is a “what-if” scenario that will terrify anyone over the age of thirteen. What would happen if a comet passed through our atmosphere and deposited hormone-attacking space germs into the air? What would happen to those left behind? Scott Cramer seeks to answer that question, and the result is almost The Lord of the Flies-esque. Abby, her neighbors, and her siblings attempt to reestablish a sense of order on the small island during an otherwise chaotic time. The book does not hold back. Abby’s group experiences awful losses, from the chickens and cows that helped their group stay fed, to some of their own. For Abby, puberty is a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode.
Cramer understands well how to ratchet up tension and suspense all the way down to the “OMG WILL THEY SURVIVE” ending that kept me turning the pages, scared to death for the characters as it practically came down to the wire for them. Overall, Moon is a powerful story about the will to survive and the strength of family. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good science fiction story with heart, and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel.
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