involving transformations and fantastic powers. On the back, the book is labeled as the follow-up to the bestselling Gone series, but don’t feel that you don’t have to have read the series to read the book. On the contrary, that’s one of my favorite parts of the book- you require absolutely no knowledge of the series to enjoy the book. Grant does a great job of introducing the characters, who are interesting and vibrant, and face actual life issues (aka identity and gender). Additionally, the powers that show up in the book are a notch above any typical powers in books. That’s to say that you shouldn’t just be expecting solely super strength and super speed (though they might show up somewhere), but amazing powers fitting of the coauthor of Animorphs. The plot isn’t shabby either, with the world facing yet another catastrophe (who’s really surprised?) but the best part isn’t that the heroes receive all the powers and save the world, oh no it’s quite the opposite. While the heroes do get cool powers, the villains get arguably even better ones. In short, the alien virus from Gone is back, and it’s better than ever. The people get even stronger powers than what they had before, and it’s no longer constrained to the dome where children were trapped and eventually were given power. It’s a whole new kind of battle in Monster, and the book really lives up to its title. I look forward to the sequel, if there is one, because I’m excited to see where the series will go next.