Review | Among Monsters by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

27 December 2015


Pages: 173

Being thirteen has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.

Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad’s weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad’s wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.

Among Monsters is the companion novella to Red Hill, both exploring from different perspectives what many broken families experience every other weekend: What if your children aren't with you when the world ends? What would you do to get to them? What would they go through to get to you?

For Jenna, seeing her mother again is worth everything. Determined to keep her promise, she is faced with experiences and decisions that force her to leave her childhood behind.

Among Monsters is a companion novel to Red Hill, a book that tells the journey of Scarlet fighting to get to Red Hill, the place her and her daughters always said would be the safest place to be if anything bad happened in the world that they needed to hide from.

Among Monsters is told from the perspective of Jenna, her eldest daughter, and her journey with her sister and father to Red Hill and a reunion with their mother. Their story starts on the day the outbreak hits the USA and the fight to stay alive with the help of their father.

I loved Jenna so much! She was so strong and capable, becoming a mother figure to her baby sister and doing all she could to get to her end goal. At some points, she's so grown up it's hard to believe she's a teenager in the midst of an apocalypse. She teaches her dad key things he needs to know and he teaches her skills too.

I loved reading this book and I balled my eyes out at the end, those of you who have read Red Hill will know why. Jenna having to go through that broke my heart completely and I just wanted to hug her.

We also see glimpses of people we remember from Red Hill and even though it's been a while since I've read the book I remembered people and when you realise how close the girls were to the mother at one point it's so frustrating! Like with Red Hill, the idea of watching the start of the apocalypse and people adapt to a changing world was one of the most interesting thing to read, especially from the point of view of a teenager. 

I found the ending to this book more emotional than Red Hill, I think because I was reading it from the perspective of someone so young who had been through so much in the short space of a few months.

If you haven't read Red Hill yet you can read this one first but I think reading Red Hill first will make more sense. 

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