Oct 242013

Review: Night of the Purple Moon

Review: Night of the Purple MoonNight of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy #1) by Scott Cramer
Published by Trainrenoir Publishing on May 28, 2012
Genres: MG, Post Apocalyptic, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: four-stars

Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence.

This was a natural disaster story aimed at MG or young YA readers. There is plenty for older readers, but I think the emotions generated would be quite different for the different aged readers. As an adult, and a parent, I find the story very sad. Just thinking about children having to survive without anyone helping and supporting them breaks my heart.

The science of the story was explained quite simply, and in a believable matter. I really appreciate that it wasn’t dumbed down for younger readers. In fact, none of the story had any of the lacking that is present in many MG/young YA stories. The characters were well developed with unique personalities, and the plot had no major holes.

Overall, I was quite impressed at the story, even with the cliffhanger ending. It was exciting and very well developed, with believable science. I’m very happy I had the second book to start reading right away.

  4 Responses to “Review: Night of the Purple Moon”

  1. I have a hard time reading books with children that are placed in extreme difficult situations too. I have a couple so I can’t help but imagine them when I read.

    This book sounds like something I’d enjoy reading, however.

    Great review, Sarah.

    • Even with my heart going out to the poor children, there was enough going on in the book that I didn’t dwell on it all the time. Just when I stopped and thought about it.

  2. Wow, this sounds like such a science-y and original read! I’m really intrigued, though a bit put-off that you say it might be aimed for a certain age group — like maybe older middle graders. I have nothing against MG, but based on the books in that genre that I’ve read, they seem to be lacking in some ways compared to YA books. I’m still glad that the book managed to touch you so much, though.

    I really appreciate that it wasn’t dumbed down for younger readers.” — Oh, this, definitely. A lot of MG books tend to have some simple explanations for what’s going on, which I do NOT appreciate. But that’s just me, as a teen, who probably shouldn’t even be reading these kinds of books in the first place, ha! It’s also such a relief that the characters were so well-developed. You’re right: a lot of MG/YA novels these days lack characterization as well as plot. Those are the worst. 🙁

    Great review, Sarah, and thanks for putting this book on my radar! It definitely does sound very interesting, and I’m glad that most of the things were satisfactory, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the time to cram it into my reading schedule. I’ll still keep an eye on it for sure.

    • This is definitely a book that while aimed at younger readers, as a lot to offer older readers too. I think it is mostly due to the detail and complexity of the story and characters. It’s enough to capture the attention of older readers while not too much to put off younger readers.

      The book itself isn’t too long, so if you ever get the time, I’d highly recommend it.Especially if you like disaster or survival stories.

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