By Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Genre: YA Fiction/Poetry(Verse)
From Carnegie Award-winning author Sarah Crossan comes a poignant and thought-provoking novel that explores life, death, love and forgiveness.
Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn’t seen his brother in ten years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s something more brutal.
Ed’s locked up—on death row.
Now his execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with his brother, no matter what other people think … and no matter whether Ed committed the crime. But did he? And does it matter, in the end?
This poignant, timely, heartbreaking novel asks big questions: What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?
Have you ever read a book that you pick up and discover you are halfway through before you even manage to stop for a breather? Moonrise is one of those books. Told in verse over the course of 400 pages.
This is a story of life and loss. It follows the family of a convicted murderer sentenced to death and dares to ask, “What about them?” Pending the execution of his older brother Ed, Joe attempts to reconnect with him and use the time they have been given. He wants answers. He wants to understand if they even matter at this point. And more than anything, he wants more time.
“What can we forgive?
If that’s what we choose.”
What I appreciated..
- A poignant tale that challenges the reader’s emotions.
- The narrative provided in verse allows for easier processing of a difficult story.
- A raw and honest approach that tackles flaws found within the judicial & criminal system and how they affect those of different social and economic standings.
- The harsh reminder that there is and always will be more than one victim.
- The nonlinear narration allows for a complete and personal encounter that successfully accomplishes the truth without the need to spoonfeed statistics or arguments. It’s just real and effective.
“Time travel me back.
Let me say good-bye again.
A minute more,
a chance to see. . .”
Challenges some may encounter..
- This is an emotionally charged read that is not about feel-good moments and happy endings.
- It will challenge many readers on their current opinions or thoughts.
Moonrise is an affecting look at difficult themes that remain ever relevant but often under-discussed. Evocative and fully immersive, it offers a stirring and unique approach to the subject that is not likely to be forgotten any time soon. I recommend setting aside an hour and reading this one straight through. I cried, a lot.
*I would like to thank Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books & Netgalley for this advanced copy. The above review is my own, unbiased and honest opinion.
Pairs well with a nice cup of calming chamomile to cry into.
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