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But that is only one aspect of Monsters, the other aspect of this thrilling tale is that there are actually Monsters.
A comet has caused significant changes to the Earth, not only atmospheric changes, that change the weather conditions, meaning that Humanity destroys most of the books in an attempt to stay warm, but it also causes Gigantism in most of the animal species, resulting in most of the animals to grow to huge sizes, and all of a sudden, Humanity is no longer the dominant species on Earth.
So with the changes to the weather, and the subsequent effects to the Earth’s climate, humanity suffers. Humans turn on Science and Technology as they believe it couldn’t save them. And in the meantime, the Monsters rise and start to prey on Humans.
Cawdron has created an utterly extraordinary dystopian world for this book, and then filled it with some exceptional characters. The story follows Bruce Dobson, who, in his travels, meets a woman, Jane, and discovers that she is a reader. Bruce is somewhat different to the rest of the population, and wants to be a reader himself, and thus begins his exploration of a wider world, and the start of an incredible story.
In the middle of this, there is the story of the actual world around them, the struggles of a world without all the modern technologies at war with Monsters – animals like Wild Dogs, Wolves, Bears, even the big Cats that have all grown to huge sizes and hunt Humans.
As with all of Cawdron’s tales, there is a real depth to this story though. The title does not just elude to the creatures that stalk you through the woods. The title refers more to those that walk with you. For as Humanity devolves due to the loss of its technology, so too does the moral compass that guides Humanity, and it is quick to see that it is not just the creatures that are the Monsters.
Cawdron is such a powerful writer, the story he conveys with ‘Monsters’ is one that we miss on a daily basis, that it is so easy to get lost in various causes, or beliefs that we can get swept up in things, and soon become far worse than what we were once fighting against.
As with all his stories, the characters in this tale are wonderful, beautifully created, from the quite, but worldly Bruce, who has seen too much of some things, but not enough of others, to Jane, who is the true embodiment of don’t judge a book by its cover, through to James and Lisa, both young at heart and full of adventure, wanting to change the world for all the right reasons. There are many other characters that I don’t want to give away, but they are all equally brilliant.
This is a truly exceptional book, one that you will not be able to put down, compelling and creative in its story telling, and totally riveting. An absolute must for any Cawdron Fan, fans of dystopian or Sci-Fi, or anyone who just loves a good story.
A couple parts of the book were mildly unrealistic. I can't see someone the day after having had their arm slashed open and part of their muscle ripped out, with no pain medication to speak of, being up and around laughing, punching someone in the arm, and riding a horse as if nothing had happened. Maybe there are just people out there a lot tougher than me.
If you like distopic/survival type stories this one is definitely worth the read.
I've read several of Cawdron's books and no two are alike. The only thing they all have in common is a streak of wit and evidence that the author has a very interesting mind. Yes, "Monsters" is highly recommended.