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Laura's July 2019 pick, 2 of 2
If I could give this book 11/10, I would. Sam Miller has such an exquisite mastery of prose that not only are you instantly transported to the worlds within Destroy All Monsters, but you feel your heart breaking anew every time you find a repeated line. You, like the main characters, may lose the ability to tell the difference between reality and fantasy, between make believe and Truth, and if you're lucky, you'll find that the line separating the two is never as clear cut as you've been taught.
As wonderful as this book is, it does include mention of some pretty atrocious hate and sex crimes, though it doesn't go into graphic detail, and nothing is without consequence.
A crucial, genre-bending tale, equal parts Ned Vizzini and Patrick Ness, about the life-saving power of friendship.
Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve.
Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters . . . in both animal and human form.
As Solomon slips further into the place he calls Darkside, Ash realizes her only chance to free her best friend from his pain is to recall exactly what happened that day in his backyard and face the truth—together.
Fearless and profound, Sam J. Miller’s follow up to his award-winning debut novel, The Art of Starving, spins an intimate and impactful tale that will linger with readers.
Sam J. Miller is the Nebula Award–winning author of The Art of Starving (NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (Nebula finalist, John J. Campbell Award winner). A recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He lives in New York City.
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