Monsterland is a novel in the style of a schlock teen horror novel, with a healthy dose of Jurassic Park thrown in for good measure. It follows the downward spiral – I would say journey, but that’s probably giving the main characters too much credit – of a group of teenagers who are living in a semi-post-apocalyptic-ish world, where there are real live Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. (or undead, whatever)
And all of those monsters are coming to a wonderful horror-filled theme park in a town near you!
In a world filled with a large assortment of zombies (or vitality-challenged if you are the author with annoying pedantry), and other humanity-devouring monsters, there is always going to be some arsehole who wants to make a dollar out of it. In the novel a rich guy with an agenda sets up theme parks based around having real life experiences with the monsters.
But don’t worry, everything’s perfectly safe, nothing could possibly go wrong.
As with all good teen schlock horror movies the result is inevitable. If you’ve ever seen a B-grade horror movie there are not going to be any surprises here, there’s cliches up the wazoo. I was hoping to get more into of a carnival atmosphere before the author started whacking me over the head with the severed limb of recycled plot ideas. I must admit, it was not something I had necessarily come across in fiction before, but perhaps there’s a good reason for that – jump scares and obviously bad ideas seem to work so much better on film.
The other problem is that the main group of characters just aren’t that interesting. I finished it a few days ago, and I couldn’t tell you the names of any of them. In any case, they really are just monster fodder waiting to be eaten. With a couple of exceptions they were not granted the dignity of a particularly grizzly deaths, either.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was not particularly effective horror writing, it was more like a series of unfortunate events, and poor life choices.
Reading this would be another.