Monster: Gone, Book 7

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Mutant mayhem gets a little repetitive in fast-paced sci-fi.

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Educational Value

Monster is more concerned with providing narrative action than with scientific accuracy. The novel raises questions of what it means to be human. It also deals with transgender issues.

Positive Messages

People have the ability to choose between good and evil, even in the most harrowing circumstances. Teamwork and bravery can defeat malevolence and brute force.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shade Darby has been traumatized by her past and the loss of her mother, but she retains her ability to empathize with transgender teen Cruz and care deeply about her old flame, Malik. She's also willing to risk her life to protect humanity from the mutant monsters bent on destruction.

Violence

Monster is full of grand-scale mayhem, in which battling behemoths kill many bystanders. The monsters themselves unleash terrible trauma on each other, but since they are largely invulnerable to whatever is thrown their way, the emotional impact is diminished.

Sex

Shade and Malik are former lovers, almost ready to rekindle their romance.

Language

The characters swear infrequently but use profanity while under stress: "hell," "damn," "bastard," "bitch," "s--t," and "bulls--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens gain mutant powers by ingesting ground-up meteorites.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster continues the sci-fi series began in Gone by Michael Grant (Front Lines). It features teens who transform into superheroes and giant monsters, thanks to an alien virus. There's plenty of large-scale violence that kills many innocent bystanders. Characters under stress use profanity: "hell," "damn," "bitch," "bastard," and "s--t." There's only a hint of sexual content and little alcohol/drug use.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bynaym2124 June 20, 2018

Tried so Hard.

I absolutely adore the Gone series. It has great characters, buildup and story. However, I didn't get the same vibe that I got from The Gone Series. The ge... Continue reading

What's the story?

Set four years after the removal of the mysterious invisible dome over Perdido Beach, Monster presents a new collection of teen mutants and monsters. Virus-laden meteorites are falling to Earth, and those teens who encounter them are physically changed beyond recognition. Shade Darby gains super speed, while her friend Cruz develops a kind of invisibility. They are on a collision course with other, less benevolent mutants -- ones bloodthirsty and indifferent to human suffering.

Is it any good?

Offering more than just punch-ups between teen superheroes and giant monsters, this fast-paced sci-fi tale has an exuberant X-Men-meet-Godzilla vibe. Although not completely self-contained, Monster is a reasonable jumping-on point for the Gone series. The multidimensional cast of heroes and villains is suitably diverse, with cisgender, transgender, and lesbian characters at the fore.

Unfortunately, the climactic battle goes on a bit too long and does not resolve much of anything. Nevertheless, fans of the series are likely to enjoy this installment, as are readers seeking a new series of sci-fi thrillers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Monster presents a battle between good and evil. Are people only one or the other?

  • Raised as a boy, Cruz now identifies as transgender. What kinds of issues do transgender kids face in real life?

  • How do people learn to feel empathy for each other? What traits do all humans share?

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