Beast Paperback – 29 Jun 2006
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I really love this book... BEAST should be a monster hit --Amanda Craig, The Times
BEAST has a tension that never lets up. Ally Kennen is a remarkably assured writer --The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"An astounding debut, exciting and humorous, about a monstrous create that lives in the depths of a reservoir." (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Beast has an intense stream of conciousness feel and Stephen is a very likeable narrator despite law-breaking tendencies. I enjoyed it very much.
The monster is very real (and an urban legedn) but also a metaphor for Stephen himself. Is he going to make a future, or become a crook like his father? How can he atone for his involvement in his brother's death? What is he going to do to his foster-sister?
The author apparently grew up with foster children, and it shows. If you're the kind of reader who gets shocked by a few swear-words, don't bother. But if you want a wonderful, well-written, realistic, seat-of-the-pants thriller about a teenager, this is it.
Stephen has been living in foster homes for years. The family he has been with the past four years hasn't been half bad, but he's reached the age limit for foster care and is about to be sent packing. He's got to get packed, find a decent job, and if that's not enough, he needs to take care of a "little" problem he's been dealing with for years.
It's the Beast - a twelve-foot crocodile he's raised from a baby. His father gave it to him six years ago for his birthday. No one knows the thing is still alive. Stephen has been keeping it in a watery cage near the local reservoir. Now that he is leaving his foster home, he's got to do something with the Beast. Its cage is becoming dangerously unsafe and finding food is an increasing problem. What can he do? Should he let someone else know about the creature? Can anyone else even help?
Kennen's early chapters leave room for speculation that soon change to a frantic, desperate tone. BEAST contains the stuff of nightmares and is sure to entertain even the most reluctant reader.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think the ending on the book wasn't that good I think Stephen and Carol should have got together and he could stay at the Reynolds. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2013 by matt scott
A brilliant book that you can't stop reading it's exiting from the very first page! Love the book keep up the good work! :)Published on 16 Sept. 2013 by Me
I think that Beast has a good amount of social realism - the dad is a good portrayal for example, but I found the whole Beast thing unfeasible - the thermal currents just aren't... Read morePublished on 11 May 2011 by Flora Cake
Surprisingly gritty - swearing and drugs - so not really suitable for younger kids.
It's an excellent, well written story though. A very enjoyable read.
A good book about a foster child who as a young child had a pet crocodile, but now the crocodile is fully grown and has escaped he needs help and goes to his homeless Dad for the... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2006 by Campbell