Monsters by David A. Robertson
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Summary from NetGalley:
Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer, but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to bubble to the surface. Can Cole learn the truth about his father’s death? Why won’t Choch give him a straight answer? Where the heck is Jayne? Oh, and high school sucks.
Monsters is the second novel in The Reckoner series, following Strangers
ARC received from Portage and Main Press via Netgally for an honest review.
You can read my review for book one here.
Wow, the ending of this book is something that I was not at all expecting. It will be very interesting to see where the story goes from here. While this one is a continuation of the story from the first book, it is really about Cole facing his monsters both real and the ones he faces everyday within himself. Cole suffers from anxiety and a lot of what happens to him is because of this. He often reacts to situations with out thinking and then suffers the consequences.
Cole continues his quest to find out what really happened in his town ten years ago and what happened to his parents. Most of the townspeople don’t trust him and want him to leave. But he has a strong base in his friendships with Eva and Brady and some newer friends such as Pam. His aunt and grandmother also come back to town and at time are supportive and understanding of him, but really struggle with how to help him.
The overall plot continues to have a supernatural element to it, although we are beginning to see that perhaps there was something the drug company did that was not beneficial. There is a new monster from first nation mythology that is pretty scary and Cole needs to find it and destroy it before it harms anyone. Coch is back as well, he is a sort of minor god that is suppose to be helping Cole, but he is often causing Cole problems than helping. There are some humorous moments and lots of pop culture references that sometimes added much needed moments of lightness in the darker parts of the story.
A good second book in the trilogy. It has moved the story along, although maybe a bit slowly. That ending certainly makes up for the slower parts though. Highly recommend that you pick this one up.