Monster

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.
 
Review by: Lucas H.

Review:
"Monster" is a sequel to Grant's "Gone" series. If you haven't read that series, it is recommended that you brush up on it before reading this review and the book.
 
The dome over Perdido beach has been gone for four years and most of the survivors are living boring everyday lives. However, scientists have now figured out why mutants developed within the dome. A small meteor hit the nuclear reactor at Perdido beach and caused all these powers to develop. Now, such meteors are poised to strike multiple locations around the world, giving superpowers to those that ingest it.
 
The book follows two main characters, Shade Darby, the daughter of a government astronomer with the power of super speed, and Dekka Talent, one of the survivors from the dome with the new power of an ultrasonic voice capable of shredding steel.? They meet with other mutants such as "Knightmare", a human lobster hybrid with a razor sharp sword, "Napalm", a book version of Te Ka from Moana, Cruz, a mutant with invisibility powers, and Vincent, a human starfish hybrid that can regrow and shoot acid. More powerful mutants "Vincent" and "Napalm" have ingested much more than the others.
 
Unknown to most people, the mutants are influenced by the "Dark Watchers", which are mysterious beings that talk in their minds. The "Dark Watchers" are alien creatures that want the mutants to cause destruction and death. They cheer when "knightmare" destroys the Golden Gate Bridge and when "Napalm" trashes San Francisco. Ultimately, the main conflict of the book is between people (Shade, Dekka, Cruz, Knightmare) who want to save ordinary people, and people (Napalm, Vincent) that want to destroy the world. This book has great action sequences, ethical arguments on the role of government in a mutant infested world, and large amounts of suspense that keeps readers on their toes.
5/5 Stars

Review by Joshua Y.
 
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