Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
HarperCollins – Standalone
“Everyone lives three versions of themselves; a public life, a private life and a secret life.”
Detective Gabi Versado is investigating a series of murders in the city of Detroit, murders that are more gruesome and creative than anything she has seen in her career. She searches for the killer slongside a host of other characters searching for their desires—fame, meaning, love, a fresh start.
Broken Monsters is a tense and creepy combination of supernatural horror and crime thriller, populated with complex, flawed characters and unforgettable murder scenes. The beginning is like the opening to an episode of NBC’s Hannibal*—aka, with a memorable, incredibly disturbing, but artistically rendered murder tableau. Turning death into art, and tapping into the strange fascination and appeal death can have, is a major theme of the book—both with our artistically inclined murderer leaving behind beautiful and horrifying bodies, and through the plotline of journalist Jonno, who hopes to turn images of the dying, recession-hit Detroit into art.
Also, each book I read by Beukes seems to be getting progressively more disturbing. I can’t wait for what’s next!!
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Review: Feed by Mira Grant
Post-apocalyptic / #1 of 3, Newsflesh Trilogy
“This is the truth: We are a nation accustomed to being afraid… Fear justifies everything. Fear makes it okay to have surrendered freedom after freedom, until our every move is tracked and recorded in a dozen databases the average man will never have access to. Fear creates, defines, and shapes our world, and without it, most of us would have no idea what to do with ourselves. Our ancestors dreamed of a world without boundaries, while we dream new boundaries to put around our homes, our children, and ourselves. We limit our potential day after day in the name of a safety that we refuse to ever achieve. We took a world that was huge with possibility, and we made it as small as we could.”
Feed is the story of Georgia and Shaun Mason, a brother and sister team of bloggers who have lived all of their lives in the zombie apocalypse. They get their big break when they are assigned to report on the American presidential campaign, but in reporting the campaign they uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of their lives. The setting of is atypical of a zombie novel in that humanity has adapted its technology and culture in order to (semi-successfully) manage the zombie outbreak. For example, people use a variety of security and field testing procedures to try and prevent the spread of zombification, and only those with the proper permits are allowed into unregulated danger zones.
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