Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Night of the Purple Moon

I was sent a review copy of Night of the Purple Moon by the author Scott Cramer in exchange for an honest review. I read this short book (177 pages) very quickly. It is a YA dystopian which I'm really into right now. Like any other dystopian there were parts of this book that were quite disturbing but it was well written and it took me on an emotional roller-coaster. (I got a little teary eyed at least twice and thought I was just going to all out bawl at the end. LOVE when a book can do that!) It was tragic and if a ray of hope was given it quickly extinguished. In fact, when you thought things couldn't get worse, they did. I thought Night of the Purple Moon was very GOOD, very sad, and very short. (And I wanted to keep reading after the final page!) 

Basically Night of the Purple Moon is about what happens when the Earth passes through the tail of a comet. This would be pretty cool because the comet/space dust stuff is supposed to turn the moon purple but it has an unforeseeable side effect. The space dust causes an epidemic, killing anyone who has gone through puberty in a matter of hours. So that means most of the people left on the planet are young teens or children, save for a few scientists that were underground at the CDC. 

I thought the age range of the kids was a little weird for such a heavy topic. They were dealing with stuff that seemed to be much more mature than their years. But they seemed to handle it well and I totally get how and why this worked. On the other hand, I kind of thought it was brilliant because puberty doesn't happen at the same time for everyone so it lends an unknown factor to the story. And there was enough "we don't understand" moments in there that you were reminded they were younger kids. I really became invested in the characters and wanted to see them survive. 

I would recommend this book to any dystopian fan or anyone interested in the genre. I give Night of the Purple Moon 4 out of 5 stars. Sooo worth the read! 

This leads me to some good news for you my dear followers and readers. There is a promo going on for a free download of Night of the Purple Moon!!! It'll be free on Amazon on Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11. This is a great deal and good opportunity to read a GOOD book for FREE!  Free y'all!! I'll even leave you the link so there is no excuse not to take advantage of this!

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