Title: Night of the Purple Moon
Author: Scott Cramer
Published: March 25th 2012
Received: Received from author
Rating: 4 of 5
The epidemic strikes everyone who has passed through puberty. Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.
My thoughts: I don’t read middle grade. Not usually, because I find middle grade is too far away from the adult fiction world for me to get engrossed in it. I understand why people write it though. Middle Grade is always full of adventure and mystery, coming of age stories and heroic children. It’s always awesome reading about young people who can take on the world.
Scott Cramer came to me a few months ago and asked me to read his book, knowing I don’t take self published titles. He assured me his wasn’t one of the bad ones. And I have to agree, his book was well written, the characters and story fleshed out. I kept wondering why the book hadn’t been picked up because it’s so good.
Abbey was my favorite character. I’ll admit with all the kids in the neighborhood I got a bit lost in the who’s who and I really didn’t like Toucan, both the name and the two year old child the name belonged to.
If you’re a fan of Mike Mullin, this book is definitely up the same alley, except there are no adults to help. The brutality that Cramer brought to the pages is what kept me reading even though it was a middle grade. He doesn’t pull any punches, and he doesn’t mind the gory details. I think the testament to that was all the kids finding their parents dead, and then Scott upped the ante when the wolves tried to take away the father’s body. You want children to bond with each other? Kill their parents and sick some wolves on them. The characters definitely got very cozy after that.
I like that they were real kids. They didn’t do anything that seemed out of the ordinary for their age. Abbey was obviously the mature one, but there were others around her who were plainly freaking out the whole time. She is one of my favorite female heroines because she was both affected by her situation, but was logical enough through it to pull herself and the group through it. Kids like Abbey get medals for their accomplishments.
Overall, Night of the Purple Moon is a fantastic, fast paced read that will have you laughing and crying, and likely scared out of your mind. If you have a chance, pick up this book!