Saturday, June 19, 2021

Munmun by Jesse Andrews


DNF @ p.60

The back of the book says "destined to be the most talked about young adult book of the year," but I hadn't heard anyone talk about it-- which is weird, because this book has one of the most "HUH? WHAT?" summaries I have ever read. Set in an alternate universe, MUNMUN takes place in a fantasy world where people's physical size corresponds to how much money they actually have, with poor people being the size of doormice and rich people being the size of skyscrapers.

I appreciate what this book was trying to do and it has a genuinely unique premise, but it didn't work for me for several reasons. First, the author has made up his own words and unique grammar style, like CLOCKWORK ORANGE, which made it really hard to read. Second, I just felt like it was a little wooden. Maybe that was because of the dialogue, but once I got over the initial premise and the novelty of that, I quickly found myself losing interest.

I could see this being a good read for reluctant readers, especially boys, who might find the novel text style and gritty world-building to be incredibly fascinating. But for me, I just didn't care for it all that much.

1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars

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