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Broken Monsters (Reading Group Guide) Paperback – June 16, 2015
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"This one has a vivid sense of place and a colorful and interesting cast of characters . . . I will be looking forward to whatever Lauren Beukes does next. She's a major, major talent."―George R. R. Martin, BookBub
"Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled . . . An enormously satisfying novel that employs the best attributes of multiple genres to dramatize big ideas about art, the Internet and urban decay."―New York Times Book Review
"Captivating . . . A thoroughly modern, supernatural thriller."―Karolina Waclawiak, Los Angeles Times
"Remarkable is Beukes's ability to blend genres, seamlessly incorporating horror, fantasy and traditional crime in ways that highlight the best parts of each. It feels new--unprecedented, in a way."―Madison Vain, Entertainment Weekly
"It's hard to overstate how ambitious Broken Monsters is, maybe because Beukes somehow manages to make it look easy. Her prose is unhindered, exuberant and something like addictive. . . . Broken Monsters is one of the most remarkable books of the year, and one of the best suspense novels you'll read in quite some time."―Michael Schaub, NPR
"Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down. . . . I'd grab it, if I were you."―Stephen King
"Dig it: what a brilliant crime-phantasmagoria novel this is!!!!! This splendid novel is THE new primer on urban decay to the nth degree. I unhesitatingly urge you to buy it and read it now!"―James Ellroy
About the Author
Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She's the author of the critically-acclaimed international bestseller, The Shining Girls, about a time-traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, and the neo political thriller Moxyland. She worked as a journalist, a show runner on one of the South Africa's biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
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One of the things that I loved most about this book is all the extraneous detail. There are subplots that don't mean too much to the main storyline, but that doesn't matter, because they really show how messy life is. I also really enjoyed the setting -- the description of a decrepit Detroit -- and Beukes brief discussions of racism, rape culture, and art vs "art."
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the very end, which seemed so climactic it veered very slightly toward cliché. With that being said, it didn't fully take away my enjoyment of the book, and I still recommend it to anyone who enjoys either genre. I really hope that the rumours that this will become a movie prove to be true!
Started: October 4, 2014
Finished: October 12, 2014
Broken Monsters is about a killer in Detroit who turns his victims into grotesque works of art. But there’s something mysterious fueling his vision, as he’s possessed by an eerie force that has inhabited his body – a force that’s driving him to create a masterpiece that thrives off of being seen and threatens to invade our collective conscious.
If that sounds weird, it’s because it is. But Beukes manages to keep the story grounded enough in reality that it never feels silly. Her characters are believable, interesting and each relevant in ways that gradually become apparent.
Ultimately, Beukes has created a fresh thriller for the social media generation: a desensitized, fame-obsessed culture of clickbait headlines, virality and 15 seconds of fame. There are those who believe that art is meaningless without an audience, and Broken Monsters uses this concept as a sort of commentary on our culture, challenging us to weigh the potential consequences of being seen.
Beukes clearly has a talent for suspense and horror, but also has a keen eye for detailing the real-life horror of a deindustrialize city. Detroit, itself, here is a monster of it's own... a city haunted by poverty and violence. This is one of the best Urban Gothic novels in many a year!