Destroy All Monsters

Destroy All Monsters

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 A crucial, genre-bending tale, equal parts Ned Vizzini and Patrick Ness, about the life-saving power of friendsh...

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Title:Destroy All Monsters
Author:Sam J. Miller
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Destroy All Monsters
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Destroy All Monsters Reviews

  • Liz Sheridan
    Jul 22, 2019
    In his second YA book, Sam J. Miller returns to Hudson, NY to tell the linked stories of Ash and Solomon, two friends who share a strong bond, fallout from trauma, and of course, magic. The characters alternate 1st-person POV through the book, and while both narratives are wildly diver...
  • Dominic
    Jul 05, 2019
    I'm going to start this review with a "Hell Yeah!" and disclose that I've read nearly everything Miller has written. I'm a huge fan of his work. I'd encourage readers to find his blog to read the many science fiction stories he's written, many of them award-winners, in addition to the ...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Jan 22, 2019
    Effing brilliant. ...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 12, 2019
    I really like Sam J. Miller's writing and stories, but this book did make me realize that I prefer when his writing leans more toward magical realism than outright fantasy (I loved The Art of Starving but wasn't crazy about Blackfish City, and similarly preferred Ash's chapters over So...
  • Just_ann_now
    Jul 31, 2019
    What a gifted storyteller Miller is! He's skillfully melded magical realism, fantasy, and his own real-life experiences with bullying into an amazing story. Told in alternating pov's, by a delusional teenage boy and his real-life best friend, the fantastical and contemporary storylines...
  • Tarah Schaeffer
    Jul 06, 2019
    As someone who has mental illnesses of her own, I have always been interested in seeing how authors handle dealing with trauma related to it. Sadly, having a mental illness still holds a stigma for many and especially hard to deal with with normal rites of passage like high school *shi...
  • Giselle
    Mar 25, 2019
    True rating: 3.5 stars. I chose to read this book because of the mention of a Patrick Ness-like style, and this is definitely true. It starts out confusing as heck, but in a good way. The kind of confusing that captivates you, and pulls you in fully with the promise of a very odd, g...
  • Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
    Jul 02, 2019
    Destroy All Monsters is a book that surprised me. Based on the premise, I went in expecting a contemporary novel and received magical realism and a parallel world. I have mixed feelings over this. On the one hand, the social issues / mental health classifications are relevant given the...
  • Amanda Hanson
    Jul 03, 2019
    I loved this. It was a fun mix of magic with life, reality with the unreal. Sam J. Miller is so good - the words were beautiful. I?m going to be thinking about this book for a really long time. Trigger warning for sexual abuse of children. ...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Jul 04, 2019
    Q: ?Maybe we broke the universe.? (c) Q: Some of us are monsters. (c) Q: I wanted to save myself, and Ash, and my whole city full of magnificent monsters and magic that they wanted to destroy. (c) Q: ?Temperature?s dropping tonight, beloveds,? she said. ?Better find a go...
  • Les
    Aug 09, 2019
    I didn't realize this was a YA book when I started it. While I normally don't read that genre, the story was intriguing enough that I wanted to see how it played out. While the melodrama seemed a bit excessive, the core story was good. I thought of several possible ways the book could ...
  • Sandra
    Jul 04, 2019
    Solomon lives in a fantasy world; Ash in reality. Two friends trying to recover a traumatic memory when they were young...and the camera is important. Sam J. Miller is new to me and I am like his style. Multiple POV, telling the same story from different perspectives and he is not afra...
  • Harper
    Aug 01, 2019
    I?m bad at consistent ratings and I can?t decide if this is 4 or 5 stars but I?m giving it 5 because more people should read it. Also it messed me up goooood. Audiofile review to come. Severe mental illness(hallucinations/delusions/schizophrenia?), queer characters, fantasy/ma...
  • Teenage Reads
    Apr 30, 2019
    Plot: Trigger Warning: Child Molestation Ash and Solomon have been friends since they were kids. They were friends when Solomon found out he was gay, when his mother was arrested, when Ash got her depression, but nothing changed them more than the traumatic event that happened to th...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Jul 05, 2019
    Read my eARC from Edelweiss TW: child sexual abuse, discussion and portrayal of mental illness (depression, PTSD) The structure of Destroy All Monsters is a fascinating one: one part fugue state into a fantasy realm of magic and dinosaurs, one part navigating the real world with ...
  • Herminia Chow
    Jun 22, 2019
    About the book: Ash and Solomon both experienced a traumatic event when they were younger and try to remember what happened in order to work through it together. I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. First impressions: I wasn?t ...
  • Kathy
    Jun 24, 2019
    So. I really, really like Sam Miller. The first reason being that he's one of those writers who takes outlandish ideas and doesn't hesitate--just dives headfirst into them. I mean, his novels so far include a cyberpunk rebellion story starring a woman who's an orcamancer, a villain ori...
  • Dawn Ferencz
    Jul 21, 2019
    This was a tough read, partly because of the subject matter (see spoiler section if you'd like), and partly because it took me a bit to get into the rhythm of the book. It is beautifully constructed, and once I was able to follow the transitions between Ash and Solomon, I couldn't put ...
  • Chris
    Jul 13, 2019
    Destroy All Monsters, by Sam J. Miller After reading ?The Art of Starving,? I wanted to read more from Sam J. Miller. After reading ?Blackfish City,? I became a certified Sam J. Miller stan. After reading ?Destroy All Monsters,? it is safe to say that Sam J. Miller is on...
  • Mikayla
    Aug 15, 2019
    3 stars. Wow, this is another one of those books that I just don't know how to feel about it. It reminds me a lot of when I read Borne--the setting and characters were memorable and had a ton of potential, but the story just didn't come together. Destroy All Monsters follows two ...
  • emmy
    May 20, 2019
    See full review at https://booksbeyondbinaries.blog/2019... ...
  • Kait Armada
    Jul 23, 2019
    *I was given a free copy of this book to write an honest review.* I can?t shake this book off my skin. The longer I stew over it, the more I realize how amazing it is. My heart swells with joy and shrinks in pain at the same time. Ugh? I can?t decide if I need to cry or...
  • Mikalyn
    Aug 13, 2019
    This book was very strange. Even after finishing it I don't think I fully "get" it. I can't tell if it's mental illness, magical realism, or both. For the most part it was an enjoyable read, but it was just really confusing for majority of the storyline. ...
  • Surbhi Das
    Jul 09, 2019
    I am not giving this book any star rating because honestly, I can't decide. In truth, this book deals with some serious mental health related issues and I thought it was narrated quite beautifully. However, I didn't enjoy reading it as much as I thought I would. I suppose it wasn't ...
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    Jan 07, 2019
    Laini Taylor meets John Green in this poignant young adult tale of parallel worlds and deep magic where trauma breaks but friendship heals. Miller offers no easy answers for fighting the all-too-real monsters in our lives but still allows space for hope, healing, and above all, bravery...
  • Andy Winder
    Jun 02, 2019
    Do you know what this reminded me of (in the best way possible)? Patrick Ness. It?s got the same darkly whimsical feel to it while using monsters to represent deep emotional turmoil. When I read ?The Art of Starving? almost two years ago, I was struck by the author?s unconventi...
  • Courtney Lavallee
    Jun 23, 2019
    I wasn't sure what to think of this book in the beginning. It was very hard to follow so I kept getting pulled out of the story. Also there should be a massive trigger warning for Child Molestation, as this is a topic talked about in the book. With all that said, this book did get b...
  • Chelzea
    Aug 07, 2019
    This question will probably sound stupid, but was the other world really a figment of Simon?s imagination the entire time? ...
  • Brooke
    Jul 28, 2019
    ?His smile was like the last gulp of air you take before diving under water, when you don?t know how soon you?ll be able to breathe again.? Trigger warnings: Mental illness and child molestation. Solomon and Ash are best friends, but after the traumatic incident happened ...
  • Sam
    Jul 20, 2019
    This book had the potential of a five star read, I read the entire thing in one night, so it was at least easy to get into. My main (and pretty much only issue) with this book was the dual narrative. I normally love more than one narrator in a book, but in this case I found myself ...