Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
I finished this book a number of days ago, but it took me some time to work out my issues with it.
The Gone series (which ended a couple years back) was about a bunch of kids trapped in a dome. All the adults were ejected from the area, and slowly the kids gained superpowers, and soon enough the whole area went all Lord of the Flies-ish. As time passed, the kids went to war with each other, many died, tortured each other, dark stuff.
By the end of the series, we learned the cause of the dome and the superpowers: A meteorite hit the Earth, one carrying an alien virus.
In Monster, more and more of those meteorites started falling; what happened in the dome was now happening worldwide (other than the whole adults being tossed out part).
In the beginning, I loved the book. I had loved the Gone series so much, and it was good to get back to that world again. But as I read, I started having more and more issue...
The main character is a black lesbian woman. Another main character is a trans woman. Another main character had a ("cool") mental issue.
And the bad guy? White corporation man. A man who, after being thwarted a grand total of twice by women, decided he hated all women. He tended towards homophobia, too (called the lesbian character "lesbian" instead of her name).
Representation in media is good, but in this case it felt like the author was checking off boxes. Especially when the bad guy went from reasonable man to rabid woman-hater for really no reason at all...
I'll probably read more books if he continues the series, but this sure did leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Currently reading: Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky.