My Rating- 4 STARS
Synopsis- Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will
soon kill off older teens and adults. She 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 Review- Night of the Purple Moon was a sweet, endearing and yet brutal story of children surviving a world where space dust has killed the majority of adults around the globe.
Abby is a thirteen year old girl who, along with her brother and baby sister, have been forced to move to Castine Island when their father gets a job in the small, local library and Abby instantly misses her old life. She hasn't made many friends on the island and neither has her brother, Jordan. Though her brother has adapted well and loves to sail.
The world is excited about the Night of the Purple Moon, a unique event that happens when Earth's orbit takes them directly in to the back end of the comets tail and scientists predicted space dust consuming the atmosphere, though no one knew just how deadly it would be. That night, the
majority of the parents and adults around the world are found mysteriously dead. Abby, her brother and sister, and many other children on Castine Island find a way to build a community and survive, though it is not without its hardships.
The beauty of this book is reading about the strengths of the children, how they come together and take on adult roles, they teach each other how to survive, they try and keep their education going and they work hard to keep their family fed. When they discover why the space dust is killing adults
the children become fearful, because when they start changing, when their bodies transition from childhood to adulthood, time runs out and they succumb to the space dust germs.
Night of the Purple Moon was full of heartwarming moments, sad moments and sometimes truly brutal truths about death and the savageness of survival. It was a pleasure to read and I am sure I will be
seeking out book 2 in the series. The only thing I am unhappy about is how long I have had this book on my kindle and not read it