Author(s): Jesse Andrews
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" comes a social novel in the tradition of "1984, " set in a mind-blowing world where every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.
Jesse Andrews is best known for his hilarious YA books The Haters and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. But his most recent YA novel, Munmun, is a gritty, dystopian read about money. It’s set in an alternate world in which people are different sizes according to their wealth. So, the squirrel-sized poor (littlepoors) exist among the skyscraper-sized richest of the rich (bigriches).
Every day is a struggle for 14-year-old littlepoor Warner and his older sister Prayer. They must avoid being trampled by much bigger people, run over by enormous cars and eaten by cats. They know they must scale up, but how?
Andrews' quirky humour is back in this gripping satire about the world’s reliance on the dollar. A mix of Swift's Gulliver's Travels andthe language of Orwell's 1984, it’s a little bit gruesome, but great for fans of sci fi and Michael Grant’s Gone series. 14+
I've always enjoyed science fiction, and when it makes social commentary at the same time I'm really hooked. On top of that, this book has a completely new premise - the people in it are literally big or small (or anywhere in between) depending on how much money they've got. This is the obscentiy of extreme wealth and extreme poverty put into an excellent novel about 2 littlepoors (narrated by Warner, the brother) trying to find a way out of tiny.
- Kathleen @ Dorothy Butler Childreb's Bookshop, April 2018.
Jesse Andrews is a novelist, screenwriter, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University. His books include Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012) and The Haters (2016) and his scripts include the Sundance Grand Jury-prize winning adaptation of his book Me and Earl. He currently lives in Brooklyn, along with roughly 95% of America's novelists.