What is the effect of the language in Maggot Moon (chapters 1 and 2)?

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Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner is set in an alternative dystopian Britain in the 1950s. The protagonist (and narrator) of the text is a young British schoolboy named Standish Treadwell, and critics often describe him as dyslexic based on the way the novel is written.

In chapter 1, the text consists of a series of repetitive sentence fragments all beginning with "What if." This lets the reader know that these...

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