Book Review — My Name is Monster by Katie Hale

I am not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book but what I got was substantially different. The story is set in a post apocalyptic UK and focuses on the viewpoint of one primary protagonist: Monster.

There are a lot of things to like about this story. I liked how you found more out about Monster’s past and the events of the apocalypse as the story progressed. I think that this was done at just the right pace to keep you interested throughout.

I also liked that it didn’t give you all of the answers. Those unanswered questions are what make you think about the book weeks later and I like to see them in a book. I recognise that this is something hard to do as a writer and that it is even harder to do it well.

I also liked the ending. Without giving anything away I will just say I am often disappointed by endings but in this case I was not.

One thing that I would have liked is more character growth. Although I am comfortable with morally grey characters some of the things that Monster did go beyond this for me. I wonder if it is just me that feels that way or if others would come to the same conclusion. If you have read this story I would like to know your thoughts in this respect.

In summary, I would give this story a solid 8/10

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