Monster by Michael Grant

Monster

In the stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series, Michael Grant continues the story of the teens who morph into superheroes—and supermonsters—when they ingest an alien virus.Four years after the events of the FAYZ, new meteorites are hitting Earth, and the whole world is exposed to a strange alien virus that gives humans unique superpowers. As some teens b...

Title:Monster
Author:
Rating:
Edition Language:English

Monster Reviews

  • Casper

    WHY? HOW? WHAT? WHYYYYY?

    This was legit the first series I've ever read so it kinda feels like a classic to me and it really doesnt need anything added to the story... Im excited that this is going to happen but it better be as good as the originals or else Ima shoot something, preferably with beating heart.

  • ♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤

    OH MY GOD. OH MY FUCKING GOD. I AM NOT ABLE TO AIR RIGHT NOW. HOW DO I WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DEKKA WAS LIKE MY 5TH FAVOURITE CHARACTER

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LIVE FOR THESE BOOKS. HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT THIS LONG?????????????????????????????????????

    OH MY GOD. OH MY FUCKING GOD. I AM NOT ABLE TO AIR RIGHT NOW. HOW DO I WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DEKKA WAS LIKE MY 5TH FAVOURITE CHARACTER

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LIVE FOR THESE BOOKS. HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT THIS LONG??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? THIS IS MY NEW LIFE'S DEVOTION BUT I'M KIND OF SCARED AND EXCITED AT THE SAME TIME OH MY GOD

  • Ricky

    A follow-up to

    at last?

    YES. PLEASE.

    Four years after Michael Grant seemingly ended the series with the sixth and final novel

    , here beginneth a new trilogy that takes the FAYZ and its alien virus and all its ramifications and brings them to a more global stage. Well, so far a lot of the action is confined to the US, and especially to California (there's a lot of Bay Area action scenes, including one of the most inventive spins yet on Golden Gate Bridge destruction), but there are sprink

    A follow-up to

    at last?

    YES. PLEASE.

    Four years after Michael Grant seemingly ended the series with the sixth and final novel

    , here beginneth a new trilogy that takes the FAYZ and its alien virus and all its ramifications and brings them to a more global stage. Well, so far a lot of the action is confined to the US, and especially to California (there's a lot of Bay Area action scenes, including one of the most inventive spins yet on Golden Gate Bridge destruction), but there are sprinklings of worldwide action as more pieces of the space rocks that first brought us the gaiaphage are starting to show up around our planet. Though Grant's indicated a few times in recent months that he might be quitting the YA biz, the events of this book are only the first taste of things to come, so I'm still hoping that he brings us

    and

    to wrap up this new story arc.

    I was a little surprised by how much the early information about this book kept changing. First there was the working title

    , then the assertion that Dekka would be the protagonist. Elements of both of these show up in the final product, with Shade being one of several new characters through whose POV we witness the apocalyptic horror (and body horror) with which Grant gifts us like back in the old days of

    , especially, and Dekka being the sole original-series character whose POV we get here. Our other major POV characters are Justin, who's got a seriously monstrous streak that helps give this book its name; Tom Peaks, who to my mind feels like a mashup of Nicholas Lea's best-known characters, Alex Krycek from

    and Tom Foss from

    ; Cruz, who is genderfluid (said to be "multiple choice in a true/false world") and becomes very good friends with Shade and her ex, Malik; and Armo, whose Oppositional Defiant Disorder is, if I'm not mistaken, something he shares with Grant himself. There are so many characters to follow here, and it's clear that Grant focuses more on some than others - Shade, Cruz, and Dekka get the most attention, I think. But even though not every POV character gets equal page time, that doesn't terribly undermine the book's central theme - the extremely blurred lines between monster, villain, and hero. No Golden or Silver Age comic book stuff here, kids.

    The original

    series, dark though it was, proved very foundational for me as a YA reader - and also as a YA writer. I'm sure there are many who would side-eye me for saying this, but a lot of Grant's old heroes and villains - especially Sam, Quinn, Edilio, Dekka, Sanjit, and even Caine and Diana - have been quite influential on me.

    takes the darkness of the old series up a few more notches, really ratcheting up the psychological scare and body horror factors. And also the in-universe bigotry factor. It's nothing new for this series - racism, in particular, flew thick and fast coming from the original series' worst villains. A lot of our heroes in this book have to put up with aggressions both micro and macro - Dekka hearing people frequently talk about her "the black lesbian," reductive as that is, Cruz having to put up with a ton of transphobia (including repeated use of her deadname, which is still her legal one) and getting asked what she's got in her pants, etc. There's also inclusion of mental illness among the good guys and the bad both, though, like I said, the lines between good and evil are extremely blurred here. Think Netflix Marvel as opposed to ABC Marvel (not that

    doesn't blur the lines a lot itself.)

    isn't quite the five-star read I was hoping for, but then again, I only gave

    four stars too and came to super-appreciate the series as it went on. That said, though, it really harks back to the days when

    and sequels were among the darkest books in YA, and this one's even more thought-provoking than ever. I bet there are many who'll give it a miss for precisely those reasons, but that's okay. Everyone has their own preferences.

    Oh, and one more stray observation...that scene where Shade and Cruz sing along to some good old Tom Petty. "I Won't Back Down." Never let it be said that Grant's good guys and gals and enbies don't have great taste in music.

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    I've not made it a secret in the history of my online book blogging presence that I was a big fan of the Gone series as a kid. I read the series toward the end of primary school, and I really loved it then. It was my favourite series and it got me into reading. Those memories are really fond for me still

    but

    I'm an adult now, and it's been brought to my attention recently that the series is problematic in many aspects of it's characterisation of minorities. I will be providing links to own voices

    I've not made it a secret in the history of my online book blogging presence that I was a big fan of the Gone series as a kid. I read the series toward the end of primary school, and I really loved it then. It was my favourite series and it got me into reading. Those memories are really fond for me still

    but

    I'm an adult now, and it's been brought to my attention recently that the series is problematic in many aspects of it's characterisation of minorities. I will be providing links to own voices reviews below.

    I've also been really ..... put off ... the author because of his online presence on Twitter and Facebook. Recently, the author has been attacking other marginalised writers and reviewers, being very rude to and outright attacking people who pointed out some flaws in his books, and posting Facebook comments which are disturbing at best, and often outright racist/homophobic and generally nasty.

    The Gone series will always have a special place in my heart, because I do have good memories of loving the characters, and the fact it got me into reading will always be with me. But I have no interest in supporting this author any further.

    Books are not perfect, no one is consuming pure media. If authors make mistakes, thats human. But denying you made them, refusing and attacking those you hurt, and ignoring criticism is not good. I don't want to support authors who won't even try to do better. I don't want to support authors who attack teenagers, who attack minorities, who harass people on social media - including my personal teenage friends.

    So I'm done. I'm not going to finish this. At the end of the day, I have my good memories, I know the situation now. And I'm choosing to just .. not continue on this path. I would rather support different authors with my time and money.

    Thankyou to the publisher for sending me an arc. I appreciate that so much.

    SOME LINKS:

    this

    SOME REVIEWS:

    ---

    Now, I think you can like books that have problematic rep. I do. As long as you criticise them

    But I want authors to do better. I want authors to go "okay. I messed up and hurt the people I wanted to represent. What can I do to do better?"

    And I'm not seeing that.

    PSA: So far this book has trans rep, which I already have highlighted as being

    eg. asking about deadnames, misgendering, asking about genitals/sex

    AGAIN, Thankyou to the publisher. This is a personal decision I hope you can all respect.

    I have good Gone memories, and I also have Gone criticism. And I think I'll just leave that in the past and not bring it into the future.

  • Rebecca

    16/10/17 MY COPY HAS JUST COME, YOU ALL BETTER BE READY

    19/03/17 THIS IS GOING TO BE A TRILOGY, IM SO EXCITED I CANT AHHHH

    20/02/17 IM CRYING, THIS BOOKS HAS A COVER AND A REAL SYNOPSIS. THIS SERIES LITTERLY SAVED MY LIFE, I CAN'T HANDLE THESE EMOTIONS, I CANT WAIT TO RETURN TO THE FAYZ (although not literally because that would fucking suck)

    Im also kind of scared...I love Michael and the series but bringing the gaiaphage worldwide is big and he really needs to do it right..

    13/11/16 MICHAEL UPDA

    16/10/17 MY COPY HAS JUST COME, YOU ALL BETTER BE READY

    19/03/17 THIS IS GOING TO BE A TRILOGY, IM SO EXCITED I CANT AHHHH

    20/02/17 IM CRYING, THIS BOOKS HAS A COVER AND A REAL SYNOPSIS. THIS SERIES LITTERLY SAVED MY LIFE, I CAN'T HANDLE THESE EMOTIONS, I CANT WAIT TO RETURN TO THE FAYZ (although not literally because that would fucking suck)

    Im also kind of scared...I love Michael and the series but bringing the gaiaphage worldwide is big and he really needs to do it right..

    13/11/16 MICHAEL UPDATED US A BIT ON TWITTER, APPARANTLY MORE OF THE GAIAPHAGE ROCK FALLS TO EARTH, I'M DEAD, I'M ACTUALLY DEAD, SOMEONE REVIVE ME FOR THIS PLEASE

  • Emily May

    Woah.

    . I was hesitant about picking up

    , thinking that it would be an unnecessary attempt to extend a series that had already been wrapped up well-- but it isn't at all. This is the seventh book I never knew I needed. I can't wait to see what happens next!

    I think fans of the

    series will eat this up and be longing for m

    Woah.

    . I was hesitant about picking up

    , thinking that it would be an unnecessary attempt to extend a series that had already been wrapped up well-- but it isn't at all. This is the seventh book I never knew I needed. I can't wait to see what happens next!

    I think fans of the

    series will eat this up and be longing for more. I know I did. Grant pulls out many of his trademark dramatic (and kinda gory) action scenes - perhaps even more tense and well-written at this point in the series - and I love how the overall sci-fi mystery just got so much bigger and deeper. After reading this book, I cannot see how the world isn't totally screwed, but I look forward to finding out.

    If you don't know,

    and its sequels introduced us to a world where a huge dome suddenly appears over the town of Perdido Beach and everyone over the age of fifteen disappears. What's more, some of the kids left behind develop strange supernatural powers. And, of course, not everyone uses them for good. It's a modern-day

    and still one of my favourite YA series.

    Things got bigger and bigger until

    , where Grant sort of wrapped everything up. Turns out we were all wrong to think it was over. The cause of the Perdido Beach dome and the superpowers is back in

    . Space rocks carrying a genetically-engineered virus come crashing down around the globe and it's a mad dash for governments to be the first to seize these rocks and prevent them getting into the wrong hands.

    Those looking to get reacquainted with old characters will see Dekka taking the wheel now. Grant's books have always been fairly diverse, but it was especially great to see the group of five protagonists include the black and gay Dekka, Malik who is also black, trans latinx Cruz, and Armo who has ODD. I have always really liked how Grant

    of each of his characters, and that is no less true here with the new additions.

    I was hooked from the prologue through to the end. Grant, for me, is just an excellent storyteller; expertly combining characterization, action and intrigue to create a story that keeps me invested. It would be possible to start

    without reading the other books, as most major things are explained, but I don't recommend it. I think the story that develops over the course of the first six books helps us understand just how HUGE the events of this book are, and also the delight in seeing Dekka again would be lost on new readers.

    It's not often these days that I find a YA series that is just plain, action-packed, end-of-the-world fun AND still well-written, but it seems I can always rely on Michael Grant.

    |

    |

    |

    |

  • Paris

    Michael Grant's 'Gone' series is one of my all-time favourite series so when I found out that 'Monster' was a follow on I knew I HAD to get my hands on a copy.

    I had extremely high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. IT WAS AMAZING!

    I loved how some of the main characters from the FAYZ were present and I found it really interesting to see how they were living their lives after their nightmare. The interweaving of the new characters with the older ones was very well done, and their vo

    Michael Grant's 'Gone' series is one of my all-time favourite series so when I found out that 'Monster' was a follow on I knew I HAD to get my hands on a copy.

    I had extremely high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed. IT WAS AMAZING!

    I loved how some of the main characters from the FAYZ were present and I found it really interesting to see how they were living their lives after their nightmare. The interweaving of the new characters with the older ones was very well done, and their voice was portrayed beautifully causing you to feel all their emotions and form your own judgements about the villains/heros.

    I hope this is the start of a new series?! Because I literally cannot wait to find out how the story continues.

    In summary, 'Monster' is a must read for anyone that has read the 'Gone' series....and if you haven't read the 'Gone' series then seriously WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! GO!

  • Cassie James

    I am a really huge fan of the Gone series, I devoured all the book in 4 days with almost non stop reading. I was really excited to hear about Monster because I really missed the series. It was really great coming back into this disturbingly wonderful world. The writing is top notch as usual and easy to get absorbed with. This is what drew me to the series in the first

    I am a really huge fan of the Gone series, I devoured all the book in 4 days with almost non stop reading. I was really excited to hear about Monster because I really missed the series. It was really great coming back into this disturbingly wonderful world. The writing is top notch as usual and easy to get absorbed with. This is what drew me to the series in the first place, the easy flow the book has that just keeps you coming back for more and more. Monster is a continuation of the series and it tells the story of Shade, Cruz, Dekka, Armo, Malik, Justin and Vincent, teenagers mutated by the meteorites (ASO's). This time, it's unlike what happened in the FAYZ because it's not just special powers they gain. They also gain the ability to morph into terrifyingly powerful monsters, kinda like shapeshifters but more dangerous. Shade is a brilliant girl whose mother died the day the FAYZ dome came down. With her father headlining the research of the ASO landsites, it was easy for her to know all the details surrounding it. When she realises the world as we know it is about to came to an end with a new age heralding the coming of super powered people who could either be good or evil, she vowed not to be helpless again. With the help of her new friend Cruz (a gender fluid fascinating character), they are able to acquire a piece of the rock. Subsequently leading to them ingesting it and mutating into super powered teens. The government when they learn of their existence unleash their wrath on them making them fugitives, they go on the run with the sexy Malik who is Shade's ex boyfriend and quite a resourceful guy. Dekka, who is also from the previous series Gone is also a main character here. It's been 4 years since the dome came down and things have changed for all of them and mostly not for the better. Things change for Dekka when she is recruited by the government and tested on thus emerging with new powers quite different from her previous one. She begins to realise things aren't exactly as they seem.

    All this different characters with their various backgrounds come together to form a very engrossing story with a nice pace and flow that just keeps you going. The powers are expertly portrayed as usual, the writing is as good as ever. The fans of the Gone series are absolutely going to love Monster. There is still a lot of gory, disgusting parts (not in a bad way but a nightmare inducing terrifying one). My imagination got filled with so many scenarios that had me gulping in terror. The villain of the story is also a complicated part I wouldn't like to spoil so all I'll say about that is that it is handled very well and no one will be disappointed.

    One strength of this series (plus the previous one) is the many characters, and Monster capitalises on that aspect to make a compelling story. Another thing I always love about Michael Grant's books is the diversity and he does not disappoint at all. The ending didn't resolve too much but this only leaves me even more excited for the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what's next for our heroes and villains.

    Monster is a masterpiece of brilliantly crafted storytelling, compelling characters, adventure, SciFi goodness, danger, a little bit of romance, cool powers, awesome camaraderie, really terrifying monsters, diversity and a beautiful cover. It will be a shame for anyone to miss it, I recommend this book to anyone looking for their next great read.

    P.S: I purposely left this part for last, YES some characters from Gone make an appearance in Monster. Both good and bad (I'm being vague on purpose), it was really great seeing them again. But I love the fact that the best was kept for last (You'll figure this out when you've read it).

  • Patricia Crowther

    4.5* - Well that was one hell of a ride, I was literally exhausted after finishing!

    eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review!

    So, going into this I'd only read the first in the Gone series so was aware of what the Fayze was but obviously had no idea about how it all ended. If you're at all inclined, even slightly, to read that series then definitely go do that before you get to this one. Monster goes straight in with what I assume is an account of the happenings at the end of the

    4.5* - Well that was one hell of a ride, I was literally exhausted after finishing!

    eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review!

    So, going into this I'd only read the first in the Gone series so was aware of what the Fayze was but obviously had no idea about how it all ended. If you're at all inclined, even slightly, to read that series then definitely go do that before you get to this one. Monster goes straight in with what I assume is an account of the happenings at the end of the Gone series from the perspective of Shade, someone outside of the Fayze. It also recounts some of the Gone plot throughout the book, so major spoilers are involved!

    Equally, this can also be read from this point without having read the Gone series as it provides everything you need to know.

    Monster had all the feels of Steelheart (by Brandon Sanderson) at certain points and had me engrossed from the very start. The writing was great, it was humorous and it flowed really well even with its many POVs and little sub plots.

    I love superhero stories and I especially love seeing how characters acquire and adapt to their new abilities. We certainly saw some of that but I think my only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen a bit more experimentation to see the characters master their abilities more rather than the crazy hot mess it accumulated into at the end.

    I also found that some of the characters went along with certain things way to easily but I suppose when you read a story like this I recommend you forget the realms of realism and just enjoy the ride for what it is.

    One of the things I really liked was the diversity of the characters. I read a fair bit of the YA genre but this is possibly the first book I've ever read with a gender fluid character, albeit not an MC but definitely a prominent sidekick. And the characters identity issues were not just mentioned once as a token gesture, it was integrated throughout, always present which I thought was great. As for the representation in this respect I wouldn't really want to comment and recommend you try to find an own voices review for that. There was also PoC and lesbian rep included too.

    Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fun and frantic ride into superheroes, villains and monsters. Forget about about how realistic some of it is and I'm sure you'll love it too.

  • Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)

    Actual Rating 3.5 stars

    Spoiler Free

    Well, that was one hell of a freaking rollercoaster ride. Action-packed the entire way through, it definitely wasn’t a boring read! I have mixed emotions on my view but i will divulge into that in a second.

    For everyone who has already read the gone series a long while ago, don’t worry! Michael grant starts this book with rewriting the last scene in the dome from a new character’s POV to help remind us how it ended. Throughout the book, it does mention q

    Actual Rating 3.5 stars

    Spoiler Free

    Well, that was one hell of a freaking rollercoaster ride. Action-packed the entire way through, it definitely wasn’t a boring read! I have mixed emotions on my view but i will divulge into that in a second.

    For everyone who has already read the gone series a long while ago, don’t worry! Michael grant starts this book with rewriting the last scene in the dome from a new character’s POV to help remind us how it ended. Throughout the book, it does mention quite a few big details from the previous 6 books which is a lot of help, since i read this series 5 years ago. HOWEVER if you have not read the gone series before and have been interested, i highly recommend you finish them before starting this book due to all the spoilers revealed. If you don’t care then go right ahead with Monster. It is a completely different story set 4 years after the other books events! Now to my actual review…

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters, the setting and the story. Everything flowed well together to create this crazy modern apocalyptic adventure! And once again Michael Grant has done a fantastic job. We come into the story right off the bat with a major problem! Mutagenic asteroids are raining down on earth from the same space body that originally created the FAYZ. Sounds bad? It gets even worse when the government fails to control the rocks falling into the wrong hands (obviously).

    Grant has this very dramatic, brutal writing style. We have seen it in his previous books and let me tell you, he did not hold back in this one. There is so much death, gore and just utter creepiness encased in this book: i can’t believe he fit it all in. I feel like he may have improved in his “storytelling” and i really enjoyed the way he made all the perspectives work together in making a global catastrophe feel so close to home.

    The characters are made up of a diverse group of adults, teenagers, races and sexuality. When i say diverse i mean VERY diverse. While i mostly liked all the characters i do feel like because there were so many perspectives that some people weren’t heard from enough and i hope in his next releases he lets them shine a bit more. Also, the characters didn’t get enough time to fully develop. While i liked them, i don’t feel like i really know them all that well, apart from maybe Shade Darby. I just wish that each perspective had more of a focus on who they are, why they are making these choices and doing the things they’re doing.

    My main problem with the book is that it feels like Michael Grant tried too hard to make his characters. Every one of them has some sort of issue, whether it be mentally or physically. Personally, i like a book that has diversity in it and can help the readers to have one character they can relate to. Unfortunately, i just don’t think this worked in Grant’s favour. it would be fine if he made these characters and continued on in the story/character development with them reacting in certain ways due to their illnesses. However, it seems like every time we switch perspective we have to be reminded again that this person has ADD or is confused about their gender. Maybe its due to lack of character development, but it seemed like everyone is a walking issue instead of a person.

    The powers and transformations are cool and i love the way Grant incorporates the when and where the change takes place to affect the morphs. Totally brilliant. He definitely knows how to write a Superpowers book! So glad i got to read this, it was really entertaining and it makes me want to reread the gone series all over again.

    Thank you to Electric Monkey for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review. This in no way affects my opinions or review on the book.


Books Finder is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.