‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’
Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.
But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …
From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan tells the story of Ed Moon, who has been sent to Death Row with a conviction of murdering a cop. His brother, Joe Moon, goes to visit him before his upcoming execution date and does everything he can to save and comfort his brother in such a troubling time.
I’ve read most of Sarah Crossan’s other books including One, The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain, and Moonrise is definitely my favourite! It’s great to read a YA book which focuses on the close ties in a family, especially with such a unique and challenging situation. I also really liked the various flashbacks to Ed and Joe’s childhood which allowed us to gain a better insight into their relationship and personalities.
I’m not usually a huge fan of romance within a novel but I feel the relationship between Joe and Nell added an interesting aspect to the book which later raised the issues and morale of the death sentence, especially when there is a corrupt system in place and the difficulties this brings when trying to get justice. To get an insight into how complicated and hard it is to get the answers in the legal system, yet written beautifully in free verse which captures the emotions and turmoil surrounding the situation is an amazing feat!
Moonrise is a very moving, heartwarming read and Sarah Crossan never disappoints. A lyrical masterpiece that I highly recommend!
(Also this cover is gorgeous!)
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*