No Spoiler Book Review
Moon Hunters is a difficult book to sum up in a tidy blurb. This is one of those unusual books that doesn’t follow a standard plot trajectory. Conflicts don’t resolve the way you think they will. It meanders. It doesn’t go where you think it’s going to go. It’s different.
The story centers on Leilani Ani. She is the descendent of an eccentric millionaire movie star who colonized a remote island during a global pandemic. They have always lived under the assumption that the “old world” was dead. After a catastrophe Leilani and her husband leave the island in search of resources.
So, that’s like one tiny part of the story. There’s also Leilani meeting her husband. Leilani working at the library. Leilani being a “Virtue”. Leilani and the creepy King. And Leilani going to jail. All of which is recounted to the woman who rescues Leilani at sea (not a spoiler, this happens on the first page). So then, there is all that too. There is a lot going on in this book.
My favorite thing about this story is the Island culture and history. It’s exactly the kind of aesthetic, misogynistic religious cult you would expect a rich movie star to dream up while he’s high on “Sacred Fruit”. It’s awful and terrifying and way too realistic! Love it!
The ad for this book says for fans of Hunger Games. While I think that fans of Hunger Games would like this book, it’s not like that book. It’s really not like any book. This is best for adult or teen fans of Young Adult dystopian or apocalyptic fiction. This book is so unusual that I don’t feel like I can get any more specific than that! Follow the link below to purchase.
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For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Gender Game comes a captivating new story like no other.
The Pestilence sweeps the globe with terrifying speed. A group of survivors finds an island sanctuary.
Three generations later, no one has heard from the outside world in years. The old radio only crackles with static. The Pestilence either finished its job or the world tore itself apart.
In the Village of Lehom, Leilani has been called to court as a Virtue by the King. Going to court means losing her independence and self-respect. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a choice.
Leilani decides to take a stand; the King be damned. She plans a daring escape and sets in motion a series of events that will shake the foundation of her village and the island to its core.