Munmun

Munmun

In an alternate reality a lot like our world, 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.   Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer peop...

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Title:Munmun
Author:Jesse Andrews
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Edition Language:English

Munmun Reviews

  • Jesse Andrews

    i know i'm probably biased, but i really do think that this is by far my most recent book. in fact, it's not even close

  • Olivia

    I need to collect myself before writing anything about this book. BUT, I was almost about to cry at the end. I've never almost sad cried because of a Jesse Andrews book before! What is this?!

    Seriously, pick this up when it comes out!! It's at times confusing, but

    worth it!

  • Allie Singer

    Five stars nodoubt but oh dang, filled with rage.

  • Janet Slipak

    In an alternate reality a lot like our world, 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.

    Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones buil

    In an alternate reality a lot like our world, 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.

    Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter—there’s no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?

    A brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking.

    Out April 2018

    MY THOUGHTS:

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

    I’ve heard so much about this author and his work that I needed to get a copy of this book to review. I’m glad I did.

    Andrews has managed to create something that hasn’t been done before in the YA genre. If you can get past the syntax, acronyms that are spelled out, and a whole new style of grammar, then you’ve unlocked the door to the world of “Munmun.”

    Although incredibly weird and even deemed odd by many, Andrews has created an amazing world that mirrors many of the social and economic struggles of our own world. This is what makes his writing a well-written masterpiece!

    I did struggle with Warner’s story being told in first-person, but that’s just me, I’m not partial to first-person narrative. However, Andrews pulls this off without deflecting from the story pace. I still remained engaged and eager to see what he’d written next. The best advice I can offer someone considering reading this book: stay open-minded and receptive to a writing form you’ve not seen before.

    Some may call it juvenile, others may call it a disaster– I call it BRILLIANT!

    There are surprising gems of humor found when certain characters interact which I thought to be creative tools used by the author to keep the reader engaged when plot and pace slowed slightly. These moments ushered the reader forward and back in to the action and gave the character another chink in its arc development. Truly clever!

    Fiction mirrors reality during some of the more brutal and awful moments in the book, and Andrews most certainly refuses to hold your hand through them, but the voice of the author and overall ‘feel’ does manage to soften the impact somewhat, allowing the reader to digest the information presented and move forward. Another masterful technique used by the author to push the plot along.

    The impact of the social and political bards are beneficial to the story in that they show a direct statement about what is often poo-poo’ed by society today. Although done in a caricature fashion where the poor are tiny, overlooked and ignore, the rich are larger than life itself and achieve everything, you can’t help but see the irony in the author’s use of said imagery.

    Satirical yet brilliant! The author has taken how he sees the world and used this reflection to voice his own sardonic aptitude in a book delivering a loud message. There are far more ‘minions’ than giants and if united… one has to wonder about the outcome. Reminds me of the blockbuster children’s movie, “A Bug’s Life,” where a colony of ants were bullied in to gathering food for a nasty band of grasshoppers who were too lazy to gather their own (like the children’s nursery story too). When the ants united and refused to allow the grasshoppers to continue bullying them, the grasshoppers didn’t stand a chance because they were out numbered, hence — united we stand??!! lol who knows.

    This book is many things, some positive and some not so much, but it certainly doesn’t conform to what is considered ‘proper’ when writing fiction. Rather, it’s a dynamic, original breach of fiction normalcy worthy of becoming a classical paradox about a pariah in a fantastical world.

    Because of the complexities of the main character, Andrews obviously realized he needed to keep the other characters ‘down.’ In other words, he needed to keep the developing arc of the main character the center of the story without adding distractions created by other arcs. I believe this to be an ingenious structuring ploy, and because of the writing complexities, it manages to keep the focus where it needs to be. I think if he created complex character arcs of the secondary characters, these arcs would take away from the writing. The story-line continuously develops through the driving force of the main character’s growing arc, and in doing so, drives the story forward to it’s conclusion. I don’t think the story would work if done any other way. The developing character arc is almost a living entity of its own, and in effect, takes on the job usually reserved for secondary characters–that of pushing the MC along to achieving his plot goals.

    Because the whole story is laced with satire, I think if anything, it’s here where the author fell short in achieving his goals. At times, one could say the satire becomes too much or drags on, however, I didn’t really see this as a huge hindrance worthy of demoting the book. I think what the author did achieve far surpasses any huge criticism anyone may have about satire and its use.

    Lots of tongue-in-cheek references that could mirror today’s political ‘giants’ are seen here and there throughout the story, and I laughed out loud at how the author had fun with these particular satirical moments, shading the inferences enough to keep things funny and not turn the reader off or feel their own political views were being slighted or attacked.

    “Kick em while he’s down” is definitely how Warner is treated, an interesting paradox that also reflects how many minorities are treated in our own society. Andrews cleverly shows social viewpoints on caste systems that make the ‘whole picture’ absolutely horrifying. His mirroring world is also governed and driven by the motto, that the amount of money you own decides your value to society.

    Andrews driving wit, charm and clarity along with his classic method of storytelling oozes from the pages of Munmun, and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for all to read this book, or, you’ll miss out on something unique.

  • Emily Mitchell

    jesus christ, jesse

  • Riley Redgate

    this book is my new favorite bong joon-ho movie

    it’s a joyfully genre-bending, frequently brutal satire with a big, beating heart. like anthony burgess and chaos-walking-era patrick ness and jonathan swift all co-wrote a take on great expectations.

    eat the rich

  • Carrie

    Munmun by Jesse Andrews is a young adult fantasy set in a world similar to ours but all of the occupants are different sizes based on how much money they have. The main character, Warner, and his sister Prayer are littlepoors, the smallest size. Their family are about the size of an average rat leading them into dangers that the wealthy and middle class could never imagine.

    Warner’s father was killed when a middle child was pushed into their house stomping on him. Then Warner’s mother was also in

    Munmun by Jesse Andrews is a young adult fantasy set in a world similar to ours but all of the occupants are different sizes based on how much money they have. The main character, Warner, and his sister Prayer are littlepoors, the smallest size. Their family are about the size of an average rat leading them into dangers that the wealthy and middle class could never imagine.

    Warner’s father was killed when a middle child was pushed into their house stomping on him. Then Warner’s mother was also injured leaving the family even more destitute. The trio come up with a plan though for Warner and his sister to make munmun and size up sending them on a quest across the city.

    The first thing I’d mention with this one would be that there are sexual situations and adult content in here so it probably should be for more mature audiences. But with that being said it’s also a pretty wacky fantasy world including a lot of made up words and some pretty far out there action in the story. Readers definitely need to know the author is about as far away from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl that he is famous for before stepping into this crazy world.

    I have to say I’m not a huge fan of made up words in stories, especially with an ARC copy that I stop and wonder if things are meant to be that way or am I reading through typos. I didn’t actually even realize the title is one of those words, munmun = money in the story. I think that for me was the one thing that kept me from really falling in love since the action was actually quite unique. There was always something going on to progress the story forward and a lot of it was really a creative take on our own upper, middle and lower class. In the end I found it all fast paced, fun and a unique read and would probably rate this one at 3.5 stars.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️

    Clearing another blog on my to-do list.

    Another book I'm not totally sure about. I downloaded this with the idea that as people had been comparing to Douglas Adams there would be some humour in this but I didn't really spot that.

    I got quite bogged down in the language and complexity of dream world and the characters themselves. I couldn't quite gel with the writing style but others may enjoy it. Possibly I'm not the target audience for this one.

    Free arc from netgalley

  • Kayla

    This was just incredibly weird and not the good kind...

    The book has such a great plot and a massive potential but it fell flat-faced for me and it was just boring for me.

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