Munmun by Jesse Andrews

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 people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to thei...


Details Munmun

TitleMunmun
ISBN9781419728716
Author
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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Reviews Munmun

  • Jesse Andrews
    2017-12-06
    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
  • Carrie
    2018-03-31
    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 hou...
  • Riley Redgate
    2018-04-12
    this book is my new favorite bong joon-ho movieit’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
  • Allie Singer
    2018-02-21
    Five stars nodoubt but oh dang, filled with rage.
  • Janet Slipak
    2018-03-26
    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 ho...
  • Kayla
    2018-04-29
    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.
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    2018-07-02
    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.Fr...
  • Emily Mitchell
    2018-04-17
    jesus christ, jesse
  • Olivia
    2018-03-27
    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 so worth it!
  • Grace
    2018-01-07
    This book was deeply weird, but pulled it off so well that I'm honestly shocked.I went into reading Munmun with trepidation because the premise reminded me a lot of that movie that just came out where Matt Damon shrinks himself, which looks horrible, but actually this book is good. It's very odd -- even the syntax, where punctuation is mostly thematic and words like prettymuch and notsogood are stuck together, acronyms are spelled out (PA becomes...
  • Steve Heglin
    2018-05-01
    If I were developing a required reading list for a class of high school students socioeconomic issues, this book would make the top of the list. I loved how well Jesse Andrews was able to portray economic and class differences using size as the metaphor. It was so effective at demonstrating how powerless and small one feels growing up as a lower class citizen, and at describing the milieu of challenges and obstacles they face in daily life. Using...
  • Michele
    2018-03-18
    The amount that I loved this surprised me. it is dark and weird and awesome and depressing and thought provoking. And also just really, really COOL.I loved the writing and language. The plot expression is intricate and fascinating. the characters! how much do I love Warner?! ugh, so much.
  • Nicole
    2018-06-04
    DNF at 38% Im disappointed:( I gave both of his other books 5 stars so I expected another hilarious book. But this book didn't do it for me at all..
  • Jessica
    2018-05-28
    This is finally the book to break me out of my reading rut! For the past year (thanks to my own choice to upend my life) I haven't really been able to concentrate on anything I read. In general, I liked nothing except re-reads. (Thank you Grasshopper Jungle and Eleanor & Park!) Even audiobooks were not a pleasure; I had too many voices in my head that another voice was just too much. But this book! Thank you Jesse Andrews! He is clearly a man ...
  • Nate
    2018-03-07
    2.5 starsMunMun by Jesse Andrews is about a satirical world where a person’s size indicates wealth, running from people the size of rats to giants. Our protagonist, a tiny boy named Warner, makes his way through life with some serendipitous turns, but all the while, he is still in his mind a little. The book is not so much character or plot driven, being a straight satire or allegory for the way Andrews see our world. For example, he showcases ...
  • MsArdychan
    2018-02-28
    I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.This was a wildly imaginative book! Author Jesse Andrews creates a world of the absurd that is sagely mirrors the current state of inequity in America, today. This book is alternately strange, funny, and ultimately, quite moving.
  • Terri
    2018-02-27
    My review of this book will be available at the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE website under "ALAN Picks" for February, 2018: http://www.alan-ya.org/alan-picks-feb....
  • Sarah
    2018-02-17
    Warner's life has been rough since his father was squished and his mother was mauled by a cat. These are the risks faced by littlepoors, people so broke they are no larger than rats. Billionaires, on the other hand, are as big as skyscrapers. Only in dreams are all people the same size. Desperate to scale up, Warner and his sister make an epic trek to a nearby law school so she can snag an enormous husband. Naturally calamity strikes, and never s...
  • Erin
    2018-02-13
    *An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*I love Jesse Andrews for writing this book. While it has Andrews signature wit and humor, it's also completely unique and unlike anything else you'll find in YA. The premise, the method of storytelling, the characterization, and the language and syntax are ridiculously clever and all of it together creates a pretty epic picture of a "Yewess" that is terrifying. ...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    2018-05-30
    Jesse Andrews’ newest novel, MUNMUN, is set in a thinly veiled alternative America called the Yewess. In this world, a person’s physical stature is directly influenced by the amount of munmun (money) in their bank accounts. There are people the size of skyscrapers, people the size of rats and people of all heights in between.Our narrator, Warner, is a littlepoor --- that is, the income class which are the size of rats. Being a littlepoor mean...
  • Trin
    2018-05-19
    Three stars for execution, infinite stars for ambition, so we're averaging, kind of. (This kind of work would not enable me to pass the Mathy exam.)The concept is beyond brilliant: in the world of Munmun, a person's physical size is directly related to how much money they have. So the poor are rat-size and trying to not get murdered by animals or stepped on, and the rich are monstrous giants who gobble down whole herds of cattle and roasted hippo...
  • Erin-Elizabeth
    2018-04-15
    I really enjoy getting ARCs of new books and I always try to do them justice by giving them as much of my attention as I can spare. There are very few books that I can’t finish, but unfortunately, this is one of them. This is such a good idea for a book, it really is. Set on the premise that your monetary wealth directly determines your physical size, the protagonists are littlepoor, meaning that they are around the size of a rat. After their f...
  • Hope
    2018-05-17
    This book is marketed to the wrong audience. The cute title and bright cover is trying to appeal to younger readers however, the content is unnecessarily sexually explicit and crude while the characters have no depth. This book could have been such an interesting commentary on society if the plot was more engaging rather than trying to shock readers with offensive language and the use of unconventional grammar and spelling. This book should be ma...
  • Adele
    2018-06-04
    This book is very well-done satire. The satirical device is spot-on, making some parts of this book painful to read actually. The story also works when read literally, with characters I come to care about. There were a few sections that felt over-long and the ending wasn't completely satisfying for me, but overall, I give Munmun a thumbs up.
  • Liz
    2018-04-22
    Took me longer than I had hoped to finish this one (life gets in the way, you know?) BUT I thoroughly enjoyed it. All the classic, weird Jesse Andrews humor you love from Me & Earl and The Haters, plus the book version of his angry tweets at Donald Trump and other first degree shitheads. The satire is obvious and biting. Yeah-capitalism really does treat the poor like they're rats deserving of being crushed by the rich. Others have criticized the...
  • Danni
    2018-04-22
    I was totally taken with this premise and found myself eagerly explaining it to everyone: A world where rich people are really really big in size, and poor people are really really small. So imagine being the size of a squirrel living in a normal-sized world. You can't even talk to rich people because you're so small they can't hear you and you might get stepped on or have your house destroyed! Oh and also there's a dreamworld where everyone is t...
  • Angie
    2018-07-02
    No money no power. No money no stature. This is our society. In this wholly new universe that Andrews has created you literally have no stature. No money and you're the size of a rat. How could you possibly ever get ahead in life. Warner and his sister Prayer scramble and scrabble through this awful life in hopes of a better one. Classic underdog tale, the hero is under the size of a dog. Cats are the enemy. It was an interesting journey. A bit d...
  • Nina
    2018-05-03
    Definitely a read alike for A.S. King fans. People are different sizes based on how much money they have and it obviously affects everything in their lives... oh, and also everyone dreams together... whaaat. I loved the metaphor. I loved Warner and Sis and Usher especially. I did not mind the weird writing, it felt appropriate, although it did slow me down a few times while I tried to unpack words. The plot did feel a little randomly thrown toget...