Title: Destroy All Monsters
Author: Sam J. Miller
Genre: Contemporary (Young Adult)
About the book: Ash and Solomon both experienced a traumatic event when they were younger and try to remember what happened in order to work through it together.
I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first, I had no idea where the story was going.
Characters: Ash and Solomon are interesting protagonists. As I learned more about their pasts, they grew on me. I liked their friendship. I also appreciated the LGBTQ representation with Solomon being gay.
“We are not our trauma.”
Writing: The chapters alternate between Ash’s point of view and Solomon’s perspective. The latter has created a world of his own with human and animal monsters in it, so there are two different but similar storylines happening at the same time. Miller tackles important issues such as mental health and trauma.
Final thoughts: I enjoyed seeing the plot unfold. The ending is my favourite part of the narrative. It’s well-written and wraps up loose ends.
I recommend Destroy All Monsters to anyone looking for a contemporary, fantasy hybrid about art and friendship.