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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Mewranters: Attack of the Sea Monster by Kachi Ugo is a story about finding one's strength and bravery. Perry knows his family has secrets, but now it's time he finds out what those secrets are. That is if he can survive the family ritual. When he's pushed off a cliff, instead of falling to his death he transforms into a golden eagle. This isn't the joyous occasion he thought it would be. His parents introduce him to the world of Mew, beings that fight to protect the world from evil nature. Just when he thinks he's finally done something right, he discovers every Mew is out to kill him, because he's a rare eagle Mew. When a sea monster awakens, a Mew council gathers together to decide what to do with him: send him to face the monster or kill him. With the threat becoming more deadly and his parents refusing to answer his questions, he turns to surprising allies to find answers.
Perry is a character that really resonates and forms a connection. He's a twelve-year-old boy who feels average, so average that he actually feels that he's a disappointment, like he can't do anything right. His journey is empowering, because it's one of self-discovery. By fighting back for survival, Perry learns to find the power within himself and to accept himself, and manages to find his bravery and strength. It's easy to fall in love with Perry, because he's a real character with real insecurities and worries along with his supernatural battles. The relationship with family and friends is addressed as he's thrown into these family secrets and is constantly trying to live up to their skills. His friendship with Sarah is a significant part of the story as he begins to feel lost when she suddenly doesn't want to be his friend anymore and he uncovers secrets she's been keeping. Every turn he makes seems to uncover another secret or twist, sending him further on his journey.
The adventure is action-packed with most of the events happening one right after the other. Every page has something exciting to offer as the action builds up along with Perry's quest. Perry's introduction into this secret world is a violent and swift one, with everything ordinary about his life quickly being taken over. This world of people who can turn into birds and sea monsters that seem to be calling him forth is the perfect catalyst for Perry's coming of age story. Kachi Ugo tells a unique adventure with shapeshifters and sea monsters in a story about family, friendship, bravery, and strength. Mewranters feels like only the beginning of Perry's adventures and will leave you wanting to see what's next.