‘Moonrise’ by Sarah Crossan [Book Review]

One of my most anticipated releases of the year was Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. When I heard they were giving out proof copies at YALC, I hoped beyond hope that I would get my hands on one, but sadly it wasn’t to be and I had to wait until its official release date to read Sarah Crossan’s latest masterpiece for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Title: Moonrise
Author: Sarah Crossan
Released: 2017
Pages: 385
Category: #65 A book written in free verse
Rating: 8/10


“you can know all the facts you want about
a person
– height, weight, the way they like their eggs –
but you’ll never know for sure what’s
driving his heart.”

When Joe’s brother, Ed, is convicted of murder, he is placed on death row. Despite not having seen his brother since he was incarcerated ten years previously, Joe views it as his final opportunity to connect with Ed.

Told in free verse, this is a beautiful, poetic novel with an incredible protagonist, and an all too relevant and disturbing plot. Once again, Sarah Crossan expertly delivers gut-wrenching emotions through poetry.

As with other Sarah Crossan novels I have read, I am at a slight loss for words when it comes to summing up this incredible book. The characterisation was wonderful, and the conclusion was devastating and profound. I cannot praise the author highly enough for tackling some incredible scenarios and issues in her works; and long may they continue!

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