Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Night of the Purple Moon Brought Me to Tears.

After reading this book I am simply speechless. I was contacted by author Scott Cramer and was intrigued by his dystopian storyline. Usually books of the dystopian genre consist of a world that has aged after a worldly disaster. In Night of the Purple Moon you read what happens the very next day. I was put into a world where no adult survives an epidemic that comes forth in a blink of an eye, and was emotionally vested in these children who had to learn to survive. You are taken through this journey with the Leigh family, Abby, Jordan, and their two-year old sister Toucan. I was completely floored by how strong these kids were and amazed at their ability to strategize and think on their toes. There is a tremendous amount of drama and heartache in Scott Cramer’s newly published eBook, that it will have you shed a tear. Night of the Purple Moon is a rollercoaster packed with emotion that I could not put down. Everyone should seriously read this book.


Summary provided by author:

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.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, a group of teens and children struggle to survive in this new world, but all the while they have inside them a ticking time bomb — adolescence.

Abby Leigh who is thirteen-years old, has a motherly nurturing side to her, maybe because she is the oldest. She seems high strung at times but it is never annoying because by doing this she shows how much love she has for her friends and family. The space dust that spreads across the planet because of the passing comet attacks hormones that are produced after puberty. Abby being thirteen has to go through the entire book wondering when the germs will attack her own body. She witnesses death after death but always has hope that a cure will be discovered.

Jordan Leigh is a leader that I would follow without question. My heart broke for him when the coyotes come looking for food near their home. Jordan shined in the entire book, he is always willing to take a risk and at times I forgot how young he was while reading. His best little moment for me was when he hears the voice of a three-year old boy on the phone at the police station; he is scared because his mommy won’t wake up. Jordan has no idea of how to find the boy. The next thing you read is Jordan driving up to his house in a squad car with the boy. He is a very determined hero.

I loved this book because of Scott Cramer’s writing. He is absolutely wonderful because he has a way of evoking a protective emotion from readers for his characters. I don’t remember being this attached since Hunger Games. So many little stories of survival are laced within his work. Mandy, who is brought in much later in the book did this for me. She has such a big story yet it’s told in few words. When I found out her terrible secret I gasped because I thought of only the innocence that was lost, both in her and the victim she speaks of. Scott Cramer is a grand author who I hope to read more of.

I want to say so much more about this book but don’t want to spoil it. The kids in this book are amazingly unique. A young reader could identify with anyone in The Night of the Purple Moon. Kevin Patel who is the brains of the group, Colby is the protective muscle and Emily and her innocence will have readers picking their favorite characters. I highly recommend this book, it's something I could honestly see as required reading in schools because of the powerful lessons. Because of the detailed description of Castine Island, the location of the book, I would love to see this as a movie as well. This book contains no hard-core romances, so I can safely say boys and girls will appreciate it. If you read any book this summer please read Scott Cramer’s The Night of the Purple Moon.

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