Title : Night Of The Purple Moon
Author : Scott Cramer
Pages : 186
Published : August 19th 2013
Source : Bought Audio
Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that deadly bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults.
The lightning-fast epidemic sweeps across the planet when the germs attack the hormones produced during puberty.
On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her - adolescence.
My Thoughts :
I've had the eBook of this on my kindle since it came out and have wanted to read it since but never found the time. When I saw the audio book, I grabbed it and started it straight away.
When a comet enters earths atmosphere and moves across the moon, it creates a purple moon. Everyone is excited to see this once in a lifetime event and there are parties planned. Abby is going to watch it with her family in their back lawn. The comet passes and it looks so pretty but Abby has school the next day and goes to bed. When she gets up in the morning she finds it odd that it's so quite, and why is there a van crashed in their neighbours lawn with no one around?? She calls to her dad but gets no answer, where is he? She wakes her brother and younger sister and they all debate what's happening. Next thing they know, their other neighbours kids bang at the door saying their parents are dead. Abby faces up to the fact that all is not well, she looks out the back where she was watching the comet, and sees her father dead. With every adult dead and kids dying when they reach maturity, Abby and the gang have to learn to survive.
With the plethora of Post Apocalyptic books out there, it's often hard to find a truly unique one but I think the author has managed it. I loved the idea that the comet introduced the pathogen which attacks the hormones of adults. I also loved that it changed the moon to purple, how cool is that!!!
The fact that the characters are all young kids helps as well. Everything they went through and accomplished felt that much more than if they were adults. They all have to grow up so quick. Also because they are so young, there are pleanty of heart wrenching moments and some quits scary situations too. I cried a few times during the story.
The plot was fast paced too. From the moment they wake up to see every adult dead to the very last page, the kids are put through their paces. They have some hard decisions to make but they do so as a team and that's what I loved the most. This isn't just a Post Apocalyptic book, it's a story of survival, it's a tale of overcoming the worst things possible and it's also a tale of how a group of kids work together to live.
The audio for me was what made the book that much more. Deanna Moffitts voice really pulled you in and made you experience the heartache much more than you would while reading. She did an amazing job and I can't wait to listen to more from her. I also can't wait till book 2 of this series comes to audio because after the ending I need to know what happens next. Where will the author take the gang?