Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Monsterland by Michael Okon + #Giveaway

Monsterland by Michael Okon
Published in the USA by Wordfire Press in October 2017.

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Being a self-confussed wuss I don't read much in the way of horror stories, but I was so intrigued by the premise of Michael Okon's Monsterland novel that I decided to give this one a try. The story does get pretty graphic in places, however it is a young adult read so I didn't find the violence too grim and, to be honest, I felt most of the scares came from Okon's clever way of drawing readers into tense scenes where I knew something bad had to happen soon and was waiting for it to burst from the pages.

Once the main characters have been introduced, Monsterland keeps up an exciting pace which suits the story well. There's a fairly large cast of characters to keep track of and we frequently see events from the monsters' viewpoints which I appreciated. I found the singled out zombie's attempts not to completely lose his mind, and therefore himself, to be particularly poignant and a good counterpoint to the anger of both the werewolves and the vampires. I was impressed by the thought Okon had put into the different areas of the Monsterland theme park. The idea of diseased and maimed people being put on show reminded me of Victorian freak shows and I think they often used the same 'education purposes' ruse to justify their exhibits.

Overall Monsterland is a fun yet dark story of misfits trying to find their place in the world, both those outside the park as well as those in it. Perhaps, personally, I could have done without so much angsty teenage romance however I do realise I'm several decades past Monsterland's target audience so this aspect would probably appeal more to readers of a similar age group to the characters. I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend the book to action story and horror fans. It's quite a fast read so fitted well as an exciting refresher between heavier literary works and I am looking forward to reading the sequel which is already awaiting me on my Kindle!

Meet the author:
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

Connect with the author:
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  1. I was pretty disappointed in the book. There was so much teen relationship angst and family angst that I was bored before we even got to the park! I thought the idea was good but wasn't greatly excited by the delivery! Sounds like you liked it better though!

    1. Admittedly the teen angst did get a bit much, but I liked the idea of the park itself and the monsters are fun

  2. I remember seeing this book a while back and being intrigued. Interesting that it's partly told from the monsters' POV, that's cool!

    1. I liked the monsters' POV aspect. This was done well.