Monsterland

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Monsterland, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Welcome to Monsterland - the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin's senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He's not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He'd much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she's dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn't stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires, and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

©2017 WordFire Press, LLC (P)2018 WordFire Press LLC

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Fabulous story works on two levels

This story is just fabulous. From the very start, readers are drawn into the story and kept enthralled to the finish. And then, throughout the story, a sense of dread builds ever so subtly in the background – and then knocks you in the face.

“Night came fast in the swamp, dropping a curtain of darkness, extinguishing all light except for the beacon of the full moon. It continued to float upward, indifferent to the consequences for its innocent victims.”

Author Michael Okon’s writing is engaging, and he has a knack for description and use of figurative language. Often, beautiful passages are juxtaposed against the horror of what is unfolding, which makes reading (and reading with your ears) a real pleasure. Okon also excels at establishing the mood and setting, and with the recent real-life Coronavirus breakout, the premise of Monsterland doesn’t feel quite as far-fetched; in any case, the what-if factor is unsettling.

Monsterland works on two different levels. There’s the surface level story that’s the stuff of nightmares: werewolves and vampires and zombies that live among us. And that story is a thrill ride, quite literally, as the once-human creatures have been corralled and theme parks created around the monsters. And then there is that second level.

“The vitality-challenged present a significant, expensive burden to the country as well as the world.”

If readers go a little deeper, they will find a whole other layer of meaning within the lines. Okon asks the question: what exactly does it mean to be human? And in defining who is victim and who is villain, the lines become especially blurry when the great American way of commercialism drowns out rational thought.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: The narration performed by Scott Brick was really well-done. He nails multiple character voices and personalities, younger and older, male and female and other. He delivers an extra chilling, creepy rendition of Dr. Victor Conrad and also a humorous Igor the hunchback. The recording was glitch-free and pacing was perfect; I listened at regular speed.

I highly recommend Monsterland for young adult and adult readers. If you enjoy the supernatural but also like food for thought in addition to BRAINSSSS, Monsterland is a great choice. I am looking forward to the next book, Monsterland Reanimated and plan on jumping right into it.

Thank you to the author and iRead Book Tours for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.