The Compulsive Reader: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Monday, October 19, 2015

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Standish Treadwell lives in a cruel world where the Motherland rules all. He has missing parents and a rebel grandfather and one friend named Hector. One day, Hector goes over the wall--the wall that is hiding all of the Motherland's secrets. Standish decides to go after him, but doing so puts Standish, Hector, and everyone in the Motherland at great risk.

To be honest, I'm not sure what I can say about Maggot Moon without giving away too much. So much of the appeal of this book the mystery of the characters and the setting, and how the narrator Standish reveals his world through fragmented, puzzle-piece chapters that skip around in time. Standish's voice is powerful and his fascinating perspective on the bleak world that he lives in draws readers into the story quickly.

The artwork (by Julian Crouch) that unfolds across the chapters like a twisted little flip book also helps to set a dark tone to the whole book. Coupled with the narrative, you can't help but get a sense of action and consequences and inevitability to the story, even as Standish's tale tilts towards tragedy. And even though story swells to a satisfyingly large conclusion, I can't help but wish there had been more to this strange story to grasp on to. It definitely warrants multiple readings and discussions.

Overall, Maggot Moon is a fascinating, intelligent, and chilling read, with bizarre layers and a strong emotional undercurrent. I highly recommend you read it (and then come find me so we can talk).

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