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Destroy All Monsters – Sam J. Miller | A Book Review

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.

Quote:

“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.


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2 thoughts on “Destroy All Monsters – Sam J. Miller | A Book Review

  1. This sounds like something my students would like. BTW, I am leaving retirement and unhappiness behind me and going back to teach at the university this fall. The really cool part is I get to write my own course (hands-on) and don’t have to require a textbook. Save the students a little money!

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