Friday, July 5, 2013

"Monster" by Mirriam Neal - A Book Review

The year is 2053, and the world is recovering from Morbus, a plague that swept across the globe, destroying millions of lives. Eva Stewart is a promising young WorldCure scientist assigned to a facility in Alaska where she is made a Handler and given her own Subject for research and experimentation. What she believes to be a step up in her career becomes a nightmare when she discovers writing on her Subject's cell wall: I STILL HAVE A SOUL.
    Soon, Eva is drawn into a horrific plot kept quiet by WorldCure and as everything she knew collapses around her, she must discover the truth behind her Subject, her beliefs, and herself.

Wow. Just... wow! I cannot remember the last time a book was so good that it shattered me emotionally. I am not even exaggerating. This book brought every emotion you could possibly think of; love, sadness, anguish, hatred, rage, sorrow, joy, fear, and still more!
    I don't know how I can even write an actual review when this book is so far beyond words! Miss Neal did an INCREDIBLE job capturing the reader. She brought me in from the beginning and immediately cause me to sympathize with Mir's horrible anguish from the very beginning. Never have a hated a villain so much! I am still in awe of Miss Neal's incredible ability to weave everything together. This book is a dystopian thriller with romance, action, intrigue, danger, and faith. She wove the message of humanity in so well, all while keeping with the thrilling theme of what makes one human.
    This book confronts issues of humanity. It forces the reader to ask themselves what qualifies a person as being human. It confronts issues of abortion, prejudice, discrimination, and experimentation on live subjects perfectly!
    Well, now that I'm done (I think) raving about Monster, I guess I'll delve more into the broader aspects. *sigh*

    Sexual Content - it is discussed about breeding between Subjects; affairs are mentioned, two people kiss which brings the question of physical/emotional boundaries. All in all, there is little to no sexual content.
    Language - None.
    Violence - Mild; A subject has lapses of violence, sometimes discussed in detail.
    Scary Images - This book can be quite intense at times... and I love it!

Now that the review part is over, I just want to say one more thing before I reveal the official rating of this book (even though it is deserving of so much more): THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! BUY IT!!!!!! READ IT!!!!!!!! *composes himself* Okay, I'm done.

5 of 5 stars!!!!!! (Really, though it's 100/5!)


  1. *flail* THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU FANTASTIC PERSON. I know I'll love Paradox just as much!!

  2. I FINALLY got my own copy! I almost fainted with glee. I have began it and have to be careful when I pick it up because I find it hard to put down, and I don't think my boss would accept me not coming into work because I'm in the middle of a good book.

    Also, hello. I'm a new follower. I found your blog through Mirriam Neal's favourite book list on goodreads. I've actually added your book to my to-read list. It looks VERY good.