Full disclosure – I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author or their representative but have voluntarily provided a review.
Monsterland – Horror Lover’s dream
Wyatt Baldwin just wants to lay low and let his senior year pass peacefully. If dealing with his parents’ divorce and trying to get used to his new stepfather was not bad enough, he has also garnered the ire and attention of Nolan, and his group of football bully friends. Not even the tried-and-true discussions including all things Monster with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker seems to help. Only the excitement of the impending opening of a new theme park in his little town keeps him going. As one of several similarly themed theme parks scheduled for simultaneous opening “Monsterland” is everything Wyatt and his friends have envisioned. Interacting with real zombies, werewolves and vampires seem to be a dream come true, but with the opening guest list restricted to high profile dignitaries and the press only, Wyatt’s chances of attending opening day seem to be nonexistent. But when a mysterious stranger and his entourage visit the burger joint where Wyatt and his besties work, his luck seems to change. Coming face to face with none other than the mastermind behind Monsterland himself, Wyatt becomes the recipient of coveted opening day tickets to the theme park. Wyatt and his friends set out for an adventure of a lifetime, but as they step in the monsters’ domain will Monsterland be all they expect, or have their nightmares come to terrorize them in the flesh?
As a horror lover, and as a former theme park worker at a world-renowned resort, I was very excited to get the opportunity to read Monsterland. Sadly, my only regret was that it took me so long to work through my TBR pile to finally get to it. Within the pages of Monsterland, author Michael Okon has created a fast-paced, imaginative read that will delight and gross-out horror enthusiasts everywhere. His descriptions of the main areas of Monsterland are so vivid that it was easy to imagine me among the crowd as they experience the park for the first time. But Monsterland is not just a distraction for the public and a place to safely house the plagued and monsters of the earth, something far more sinister is at play, and when that plot is revealed it is nothing short of brilliant. The climax of the book is a veritable splatter fest that had me reading through my fingers at times and eagerly looking forward to reading the second book in this series. For any horror lovers, Michael Okon’s Monsterland is an action-packed read that you will find hard to put down.