Maggot Moon

AuthorSally Gardner
Age: 12+

Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, MAGGOT MOON is the astonishing new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by MAGGOT MOON’s powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.

My Review
It’s set in an alternative past, during a war told from a young boy’s POV and all that matters to him is his missing best friend. So we don’t find out that much of the war; which adds to the authenticity.

The MC is immediately likeable. The language is robust and simple and reminds of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

There are many layers to this book, war, propaganda, followers. I think it’s be a very cool book to read in schools as it could be used as history; there is much overlapping with historical events.

Delighted the Tipperary Libraries has this in stock. 

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