Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Title: Moonrise
Author: Sarah Crossan
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

'They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn't. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.'

Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think...

It's always a delight to receive Sarah Crossan's latest YA novel, and this time was no different. It came in a beautiful slipcase, and the cover art is breathtaking, as usual. I was so excited to read it. If you pick up a book by Sarah Crossan, you know it's going to be fresh - something different - because, unlike the majority of YA out there... it's in verse! And if you like an emotional read, Crossan will always deliver.

Unfortunately, this one was too much for me. If you know me, you'll know I'm cool with having my heart broken by the books I read - I even expect it. It's a well-known fact that authors love to kill their people, after all! But the topic of this book was just too sad for me. I have a line, and for some reason Moonrise crossed it. Maybe it's the sense of hopelessness? I can deal with sad books as long as there's some tiny shred of hope, and in Moonrise I couldn't find any. And I get that. It's an accurate depiction of a death-row situation where there is very little hope, if any. It's realistic. So that's not to say it's a bad book, because it isn't, not at all - the writing is beautiful as always. For me, however, the sadness managed to suck out all enjoyment I might have had.

I'm fully aware that that's my own issue rather than one with the book, but hey, a book review is about how you were made to feel as well as how the book was crafted, right? And I have to say, I really liked the concept of this one. It provided raw insight into a horrible situation and gave a lot of food for thought. I liked the characters too, each one with a lot to give. Unfortunately, I just couldn't enjoy it. I hope that makes sense.

A lot of people have enjoyed this, and you might too - I really recommend One, her first book in verse. Sadly, as wonderfully crafted as it was, this one just wasn't for me.

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