Munmun by Jesse Andrews


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

Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult Fantasy, Teen, Fiction

Reviews Munmun

  • 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
  • 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 hou...
  • Allie Singer
    Five stars nodoubt but oh dang, filled with rage.
  • Grace
    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...
  • 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 ho...
  • 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 so worth it!
  • Nate
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    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
    *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. ...
  • MsArdychan
    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
    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:
  • Ali Kiki
    DNF. I had a really hard time getting to page 53. There is too many misspelled words, combined words, and just a lot of bad grammar that I just couldn't. Come to find out this is how the author wrote the book so it isn't just errors. I don't think this book is for me since I can't get past the writing. It gives me a headache.
  • Michele
    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.
  • Veronica
    A really impressive and unique book, unlike anything I’ve read before. Super dark in its view on human nature, especially for a YA novel – I found some of the sexual violence and manipulation quite disturbing. The central concept of Munmun is unique and fascinating, but also a very obvious real-world social and political analogy. Thankfully it never reaches the limits of this big, somewhat unwieldy idea.
  • Kayla Bergeson
    Thank you to Goodreads and Amulet Books for hosting a giveaway for this ARC of MunMun!MunMun was an extremely disappointing read and definitely not the book for me. After reading the synopsis, I was super excited! It's a great concept,  the idea that your wealth directly impacts your physical size is not something I've seen before. I thought that this books focus on two of the books smallest citizens could make for a very interesting plot. The p...
  • Kelly
    *I was given an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, NetGalley!*Real youneek, thatsforsure. I have not read anything like Munmun before, and the creativity alone I believe should attract readers. It's realistic in its lightly hidden commentary on the economic situation--how money truly does run the world and everyone in it--and eye-opening for anyone who thinks otherwise.In a world where your bank account ...
  • Kirra
    Mummun is one of the most bizarre books I’ve ever read, in the most complimentary way. This book is in a field of its own with no other to compare it to. I loved the concept of it but I wasn’t sure about how the storyline transformed in the last hundred pages and I was left a little confused at the end. I also had a really hard time getting into the way it was written with the main character being very illiterate and the longer words being sp...
  • Laura
    Note: the copy I read was an advanced reader copy given to me at a conference. So my review is based on a book that is going to be slightly different (according to the author) when it comes out.That being said, this book has lingered with me for weeks. It is a Dickensian saga that touches on class and government and human nature. It also has some Swiftian humor. The basic premise is that in this future US society, the monetary worth of humans det...
  • Lauren
    I really like Jesse Andrews as a person, but I do find it difficult to get into his stories. Munmun was no different.It was incredibly weird, but deeply reflective on our society’s obsession and dependency on money, and how the classes interact and are divided. Essentially, the poor stay poor and the rich get richer. From the perspective of a littlepoor (the smallest, poorest of people) it is clear how intolerant, ignorant, and disdainful the u...
  • Laura Trenham
    I really liked the idea of this (wealth being relative to size), but I just did not like this at all. First of all, the narrator is illiterate and it’s difficult to read as the prose does not make sense. The plot is obvious (he wants to get rich and be taller), but oh it’s painful. It just doesn’t make any sense. Everything is jumbled and there are talks of all these different worlds in which the characters live and it’s just portrayed ve...
  • Nicole
    A world where your height is directly proportional to your wealth - probably my favorite bizarre book premise I’ve encountered in the past year. The language definitely takes some getting used to, but after that it’s a wild ride.
  • Emily
    Very interesting premise with good world building. There were a couple annoying loose ends, and I'm not sure if I liked the ending. But Warner was an intriguing character, and I liked the sneaky plot twists.2018 Reading Challenge: An allegory
  • Ashleigh
    I got a review copy from the Australian publisher. Not quite sure what to say about this, so review to come on or after the publication date - 28th of March.
  • Daisy✨
    This sounds like it's going to be so good!! I am looking forward to reading more of Andrew's humor!!
  • Pauline
    Review on release.