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Matt Archer is your ordinary 14 year old kid. He's a freshman in high school, with a crush on the beautiful girl who's dating a star basketball player. He idolizes his uncle, is protective of his sister, and has your ordinary sibling rivalry with his older brother.
Until... On a camping trip with his uncle they're attacked by a monster. Which Matt kills with the help of a magic knife. which works, amazingly enough. It turns out there is a monster infestation on Earth and only people carrying the magic knives can kill them. And since the knives choose who carries them this is a duty you can't escape.
The author does a great job at balancing the duties and responsibilities of a monster hunter with the ordinary life and cares of a teenage boy. Matt may be able to kill two monsters in a single night, but he still can't talk coherently around the girl he likes. It's actually believable.
This was a fun, easy read. I'm glad I took a chance and read it.
There are a lot of things I love about this book:
1) It's young adult, and there's no swearing. It may not mean much these days, but I was glad to read a story where even the adults manage to curb their language around the kids. I certainly try to.
2) The action doesn't stop. Seriously! I was up until after 1am because I couldn't put it down! And it's not all monster-violence, either - a lot of the book is about Matt and the people around him.
3) Perhaps my favorite aspect - the book flows smoothly. If there's dialog, it's smooth. If there's a segue of two months, it's smooth. I never had to wonder if I had missed something because the author didn't edit it correctly.
There are some very dark, but within-the-book realistic moments, so it isn't all action and fluff. Matt has a lot of emotional growth moments.
Mild spoiler ahead -
When discussing the origin of the monsters, I did worry slightly about a religious overtone to the book. It doesn't go there, though. There are a few references to the potential of the dark forces being from Hell, but it comes across as a more generic, all religions included, battle of good vs evil. I actually really appreciated that.
Matt Archer heads off on what he thinks is another normal camping trip with his uncle Mike, but things quickly go downhill when they're attacked by a monster. Worse still, his uncle's hunting knife - the one Matt pulls out to defend himself - seems to have chosen him as its new owner. Things are about to get interesting ...
Overall I really enjoyed this. I liked how everything seemed to be realistic - the protagonist, Matt Archer, doesn't start off as an amazing, buff hero. He's a weedy, short little 14-year-old kid, but over the course of the book you really get a sense of him changing both mentally and physically as a direct result of what he goes through and not 'just because'. The whole book is peppered with awesome references too: "Seriously, the monster looked like a resurrected Wookiee made from spare parts." (one of my favourite lines!). Also, Matt Archer himself was a pretty awesome character - I particularly loved all the times he goes off daydreaming about Ella, the gorgeous girl from class. It was a nice aside and did its job reminding me that he isn't just a monster hunter but also a relatively normal kid.
I definitely wasn't disappointed by this book and am going to happily foist it onto my younger relatives. Read this book if you are looking for a good YA read or are the primary book-buyer for younger readers - I think this is one you'll enjoy :D
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