- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Electric Monkey (19 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405284838
- ISBN-13: 978-1405284837
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Monster: The GONE series may be over, but it's not the end of the story (The Monster Series) Paperback – 19 Oct 2017
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About the Author
Michael Grant is the evil genius of Young Adult Fiction. Among his biggest fans is Stephen King who called the Gone series ‘A driving, torrential narrative’.
Michael’s life has been similarly driving and torrential. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her less than 24 hours. Michael and Katherine were running their own cleaning business when they were working on their first book. Since trading in his marigolds, Michael has now written around 150 books (with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter). He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
The Gone series has sold over a million copies in the UK alone, meaning that Michael has terrified a lot of people. Something he particularly likes to do. You can find him here http://www.michaelgrantbooks.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @MichaelGrantBks.
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You have new characters that you sympathise and grow to love and old ones which had my childhood self doing backflips in my head because of how much I missed the story and its characters.
The reason why I gave it 3 stars and not 4 cause in some eras I thought the story lagged a bit and some chapters were missing that certain spark which I dunno what...I know I know I shouldn't compare the two but the gone series seemed more put together but with connection with the 'Monsters' storyline this seemed all over the place. And the descriptions of SOME monsters were so ridiculous It was kinda hard to imagine lol.
Neither the less a great story by a great author and even though it wasn't what I was expecting it was still entertaining in it's own way.
The Gone Series had six books:
In Monster it has been four years since the events at Perdido Beach.
Four years ago, a meteorite hit a Nuclear Power Plant, an invisible dome was created and all the adults disappeared. The children and teenagers that remained trapped inside the dome had a lot to deal with including an alien virus that gave some of them powers. Some used their powers for good and others for selfish or cruel purposes.
Now more pieces from the same meteorite are starting to fall to earth from space.
This time the alien virus make even more dramatic changes to people whom come into contact with it. They are much more powerful than those in the Perdido Beach dome ever were. They will be able to morph into monsters with astonishing powers and then be able to de-morph back into human form. But for each of those infected with the alien virus, one question trumps all others: Will you be a Hero, Villain or Monster?
Most of our main characters are new. Shade Darby saw her mother murdered by Gaia when the Perdido Beach dome came down and barely survived herself. Her father works for the Government studying pieces of the meteorite in space and he has calculated the exact position of the pieces landing.
Shade was powerless when her mother was murdered and is determined never to be so again. In fact, quite the opposite, she wants to gain power to become a hero. Malik Tenerife is in love with Shade, but their relationship ended due to Shade’s obsession with gaining power.
Shade meets Cruz Martinez Rojas at a bus stop. Cruz is a trans character, although physically male, he dresses feminine and feels neither male nor female. Grant explained and dealt with this gender issue expertly. This didn’t come as a surprise, after all The Gone Series had gay, lesbian and bisexual characters.
Justin DeVeere is a promising art student with delusions of grandeur. He is going out with Erin O’Day. Justin comes in contact with one of the pieces of the meteorite and develops powers. In panic, but with some pleasure he makes some mistakes that harm people.
But Justin makes a choice to murder. He decides to name himself Knightmare and tries to make it a persona. He is aiming for people to think of him like The Hulk. Justin is Bruce Banner and Knightmare is the Hulk, something he has no control over. Only he does.
Armo (his nickname, actual name: Aristotle Adamo) is an Adonis, who happens to have Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). He has his whole life a head of him, being just 17 years old. That is until the accident and his nonconsensual exposure to one of the pieces of the meteorite.
Vincent Vu hears voices in his head. He possibly has bipolar or schizophrenia. He is exposed to the largest piece and amount of the meteorite an undergoes the most dramatic change. But does this make him unstoppable?
Dekka Talent makes a welcome return and offers fans of The Gone Series the opportunity to find out what happened to other characters from the series. Tom Peaks from the US Government recruits Dekka to help, but all is not what it seems as Dekka quickly discovers.
Whenever any of the characters use their powers, they are aware of being watched by Dark Watchers. These Dark Watchers appear to be using them as a form of entertainment and love death, destruction and devastation.
The description was superb and brilliant. The plot was action packed and compelled the reader to read on. The pacing was ultra fast-paced.
I would highly recommend Monster to anyone and everyone. It’s a crucial and necessary read for any fan of The Gone Series. Those who haven’t read any of The Gone Series could still pick it up, know what’s happened, understand what’s going on and get full enjoyment from the book.
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