Monsterland by Michael Okon
Published by: WordFire Press
Publication Date: October 13, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count: 214
Source: eARC from Rockstar Book Tours
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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?
I’ve received an eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
“The gate loomed before them. The first thing he noticed was the ‘Monsterland’ logo, a large M in the center of the vampire teeth.”
Picture Disneyland with a Jurassic Park twist, and you’ve got Monsterland. This over-the-top thrill ride will appeal to the fantasy and horror lover who is looking for the next unique read. Monsterland amplifies the fear factor, so watch out!
As a plague paralyzes the world, the market, and all the countries, Vincent Konrad, philanthropist and businessman, finds a solution to the ever-growing problem: to build a worldwide theme park teeming with monsters. And Wyatt, who is given passes to attend opening night, cannot wait to walk through the front doors. But what can happen at an amusement park filled with werewolves, zombies, and vampires? Everything.
So I had to read this book when I first heard about it. There was no chance I could pass it up. Come on now. I adore Jurassic Park (and World), and I’m a huge fantasy fan. So I instantly signed up for the book tour. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and I wish I spent more time focusing on the book. However, I enjoyed this intriguing story. Michael doesn’t leave out any beasty that readers have grown to love reading. But he brings a new approach to the horror genre.
What sparks my interest in the book is the backstory. Governments are crumbling when Vincent steps in with his extraordinary scheme. This theme park will bring back the jobs, stabilize the economy, and create a solution to the plague and the other monsters. But it puts into question the rights of these once human beings. Human rights play a strong role in this book, and I enjoyed that a lot.
Monsterland also reminds me of the movie Saw, in the sense that, since we haven’t seen this attraction before, it scares us, and we want more, even though it goes against what we are as a society. We want something that terrifies us, frightens us, and is bigger and flashier, yet we can’t look away. We’ll always want the better scare, no matter the cost.
The strong point in this story is the characters. Wyatt is your typical teen who loves the girl who is dating the school jock. But he must deal with cooperating with his step-dad, brother, weird friends, and the prospect that his life has changed for the worst since his dad died. The relationship between Wyatt and his step-dad, Carter, is strained at best, but you get a real sense of their character development later on in the book. Wyatt’s friends and love interest and the other secondary characters are a lively cast and brighten this dark story. But they don’t take away from the horror.
I feel that Monsterland is somewhat disorganized by the end. A lot of scenes are taking place, and the plot twist throws off the overall storyline. And at times, I felt that the story takes off at a prolonged start and slows down much more than I liked, and I hoped for more action in a few scenes. However, Michael stays true to the story and gives you a horror-filled adventure you’ve been waiting for. He isn’t afraid to bring more dark elements to fantasy.
So if you’re looking for a story that is totally out there and that you haven’t read before, pick up Monsterland. Horror lovers can rejoice in this wild ride.
About 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.
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