Title: Making Monsters
Author: Joe Turk
Making Monsters is an apocalyptic horse race. Ozark reluctantly participates in a half-baked conspiracy to overthrow the United Corporations of America. But time is running out. Manmade earthquakes create sinkholes that devour the landscape. Engineered sterility devastates crops and plant life. Chemically induced insomnia spreads like a virus. Scorned militants indulge dark desires. And ancient, subterranean nightmares will compete to bring the era of man to an abrupt and unmerciful conclusion. The end is near…and it’s corporately sponsored.
Joe Turk is an amazing artist and author. Not only did he paint his own cover (which I found to be brilliant), he used his words to paint a story as well. With all of the apocalyptic novels out there, I thought that this novel might not be as original as it could be, but I was very wrong.
Turk’s story and ideas are something that I have never seen before in a novel, and I enjoyed thoroughly the idea that humans are creating their own death traps. Even though this novel follows the idea that the government and corporate officials are the ones creating man made disasters to destroy life, I felt that this was also a metaphor for how we as a race are destroying the earth and writing our own death sentences. Joe Turk was clever with his words, and through reading this novel I felt as though each scene and character were being painted before me.
For my reviews, the biggest aspect that I judge on is originality and this novel received a well deserved 5/5 for that. I didn’t feel that I had read the story so many times before; instead, I felt that I was reading a story that was well thought out and had been mulled over for quite a long time. In today’s day and age, I think that this novel came at the perfect time due to the conflicts that we are currently facing based on how we have treated our planet. I also think that Turk wanted the reader to understand that it isn’t the earth that we should be afraid of, but our fellow humans. However, this novel wasn’t preachy and only presented the reader with a situation that is much needed at this time in the world. I am gladly giving this book 5/5 and I am sure that, no matter what genres you prefer, this book will leave a lasting impression.
If you enjoy Dystopian/Apocalyptic novels, then this book is the one for you. The writing was clear and crisp and I thoroughly enjoyed stepping into Turk’s world.
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