Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Synopsis from Amazon
Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?
I picked this book to read something different. I like to read the odd piece of horror genre, but I am not a massive fan and usually seek dramas, thrillers and romance so this was something a little different.
In this huge age of romanticizing vampires and werewolves I enjoyed reading the other side of the coin, to see what happens when these creatures aren’t all loving and nice and, well, human.
Wyatt and his friends receive VIP back stage tickets directly from the man behind the theme parks, Vincent Conrad. The whole world’s economy has been destroyed by a strange explosion and a virus that turns people into zombies (or ‘vitality challenged’ as the government likes to call them).
Without giving too much away, on the day of the opening, everything goes wrong, people die, monsters go wild – but not all is as it seems. There are nice twists and turns at the end of the book that might be a little predictable but still make the story good.
I felt the book was written well and had the right length so the story didn’t become tedious. There are some pretty gory parts, but I was expecting that from a horror story. It was easy to understand and read and it became a nice distraction in a busy life.
The characters of Wyatt and his step-father Carter were very likable and I could easily see them running around with a silver axe fighting for the people they love. This book would undoubtedly make a good movie or TV series.
Thank you to Michael Phillip Cash and NetGalley for letting me read this book in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3/5