Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Standish lives in the fantasy world of Croca-Colas and ice-cream coloured Cadillacs, but he must step out of his imagination and into the real world in order to save humankind from the almighty power of the Motherland and it’s deceptive plans for civilisation as everybody knows it.

As an avid chick lit reader and self-confessed Austen obsessive, ‘Maggot Moon’ didn’t strike me as the kind of book that I would generally pick when browsing for new reading material. With its bold black and white cover featuring an illustration of a boy, my first impression was that it was a book for boys, perhaps between 8 and 13 years old.  The further I got into the book, the more my suspicions were confirmed, however this did not deter from the fact that it was an intriguing read. Wonderfully descriptive phrases such as ‘cascades of rage’ paint perfect pictures of the emotions of characters in the story- particularly Standish Treadwell, who is the hero of the book.

I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoyed the Hunger Games minus the romance, as this book has the same ingredients (loyalty, rebellion and friendship) without the love story of a male and a female, but the love story of a blossoming friendship between Standish and best friend Hector, which makes for a beautiful story and a fascinating read.

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