Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Monster by Keith Ferrario [2.5 stars]

From the Description:

They're the only humans. But they're not alone. Adam Hayes pilots a small team to a remote Antarctic research station. Their mission: to investigate the loss of communications. Once there, the group of five find the station deserted, the radio smashed, and several strange piles of empty clothing. Forced to stay the night by a blinding snowstorm, they set out to solve the mystery of the missing crew. Eventually they will learn the horrifying truth-the station is not empty after all, and something unimaginable, dug up from the deep ice, roams the complex. Now they must fight for their lives against a cunning, thinking monster-and those who would unleash this terror on the rest of the world.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Monster was a hard read for me. The first part should have been great since I love the whole trapped in a hostile environment with something trying to eat you thing. The setting was there, the monster was there, but then we get to the characters. In most stories like this you have at least one kick-ass character who's ready to save the day. With Monster you get characters who are more focused on the big, scary guns than the fact that something is picking them off for lunch. The characters refusal to get over their aversion to guns in order to protect themselves was just ridiculous to me. It's like a ripped off version of The Thing without Kurt Russell. Part two was totally different from part one. You don't see any of the characters from part one until the last few pages. It focused on three children and a doctor at an experimental clinic. The children all have terminal illnesses that the secretive staff at The Hamline Clinic are trying to cure. But of course their really doing deadly experiments. I can say that I enjoyed the writing in part two more  than the first part but only by comparison. I can't really recommend this 2.5 star book.