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Crow Moon Review

24/08/2015

Synopsis

Danny is a fun-loving
16-year-old looking for a father figure and falling in love with a different
girl every day. He certainly doesn’t want to follow in his mum’s witchy
footsteps.

Just as his community is being threatened by gangs intent on finding a lucrative
power source to sell to the world, Danny discovers he is stunningly powerful.
And when he falls for Saba, a gorgeous but capricious girl sorceress, he thinks
maybe the witch thing might not be such a bad idea…

But what cost will Danny pay as, with his community on the brink of war, he
finds that love and sorcery are more dangerous than he ever imagined?

Review

By no means similar to any YA dystopia we have read and
reviewed here on Delve into Dystopia, Crow Moon isn’t really like any book
we’ve read, full stop. It follows the story of Danny, a teenage boy growing up
in a witchy (yes, you read that right) dystopian society. The UK has been
divided into two societies – The Greenworld (Devon and Cornwall) and the
Redworld. Oil is running out and the Redworld is at war with Russia over the
crisis, whilst the Greenworld lives self-sufficiently, returning back to basics
by using an ancient form of witchcraft to protect the community.

One of the most unusual elements of Crow Moon is the fact
that we have a male protagonist living in a predominantly female environment.
Most of the men have left the Greenworld either to help fight to win against
Russia or to join the gangs due to the unneeded gender. You see it is the
female witches who rule the society as they hold a power that no ordinary
citizen has, least of all the men. It brings into question the issue of
feminism, or quite the opposite, as the men appear to have no say or work in
the founded society.
It is this in dystopias that we love, as they take issues
that are very prominent in today’s society (feminism has been on the rise for
some time now) and transform them into a subtlety within the story. This is why
having a male protagonist is so interesting. We learn his place in the new
world and his journey to understanding not only the meaning of being a witch,
but what the temptations of power can bring.

As with all YA dystopias, there are some similarities
between others in the genre including our protagonist finding not only one, but
multiple “love” interests. We find him conflicted over his attractions, however
he ultimately only has one girl in mind, as is the case with many. But this is
where the comparisons end – by having a male voice, we see this convention in a
new way, giving the book yet another refreshing edge over the typical YA
dystopia. Instead of seeing the females as the ones with many admires, we see
the male in this role which creates a balance within the situation.

Witchcraft is a big part of Crow Moon and is something not
found particularly in today’s fiction, at least not realistic ones. Yes, there
are plenty of books with teen witches, wands and spells, but what Crow Moon has
which no other does is a realism that fits perfectly with the dystopia created.
Subtlety is a big strength in this book, as Anna McKerrow lays the way for our
imaginations to run wild, from simple descriptions of the savage, bleak
Redworld, to the back-to-basic lives of those in the Greenworld.

As this is a fairly unconventional YA dystopia, there are a
million and one things that we could talk about, but that would mean that this
review would be pages and pages long. So, instead of writing an essay, we think
that it would be best if you picked up a copy and read it yourself, else you
will never see what made it tick for us. Look out in the near future for the
release of Anna McKerrow’s sequel to the fantastically original YA dystopia,
Crow Moon.

Age recommendation – YA

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