Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recommendation: 'Maggot Moon' by Sally Gardner

Maggot Moon. Imagine a dystopian society, ruled by an oppressive regime that relies on propaganda to segregate society into the chosen and the underclass. In a sense this book  could represent any country or time period where those in power feed the general populace a rhetoric about national pride  and the benevolence of the motherland. Hidden from view are the reviled degreed as underclass by those in power whether that is on the basis of ethnicity, gender or a myriad of other things.

Standish, the protagonist of this book, lives with his grandfather after his parents were taken away by the state. Constantly monitored and living in perpetual fear, he has no idea where those that are removed are taken. All he knows is the propaganda churned out by the Motherland about its splendid glory and the much hyped moon landing about to be telecast to all citizens.

Except Standish knows something is afoot. Hiding in their underground cellar is one of the 'moon men', traumatised and unable to speak of this supposed moon mission because his tongue has been brutally cut from his mouth.

Brilliantly described and powerful beyond measure, this book grabs you from beginning to end. The themes of the book are disturbing and uncomfortable and certainly leave you questioning how oppressive regimes maintain power and create fear based divisions within society.

reviewed by: Sue W (Central City)

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