Monsterland Reanimated

Monsterland Series Volume 2

Fiction - Horror
250 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2018
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Monsterland Reanimated, Book Two of the Monsterland Series by Michael Okon picks up from the first book, after Monsterland has been destroyed (or has it?). The world’s leadership is gone, the world economy has collapsed and in Copper Mountain, the site of the US Monsterland, Wyatt, his step-father Carter, and his mother and brother must try to figure out what to do next. The town is isolated and all services have ceased, but Carter, a policeman, is determined to rally those who are left and try to organise some sort of civil society. Lawlessness is rampant though and, worse than that, there is still something happening at Monsterland. It seems that the Monsterland creator, Vincent Konrad, is not quite as dead as everyone supposes. He and his faithful sidekick, Igor, have plans to take over and rule the world with his army of living mummies. So starts a frantic race against time to stop the evil Vincent from succeeding.

I had not read the first Monsterland novel, but really it is not necessary to have done so before reading Monsterland Reanimated. Author Michael Okon gives us the backstory very well as events unfold in the new story. I would never have believed a novel about zombies, shape-shifters, and monsters in general would captivate me quite the way this one did and that is a real credit to the author. I found his writing style and dark humour, with some subtle and not so subtle pop culture references, to be immensely enjoyable to read. Despite the fact that this is a book that delves into the darkest, most evil places in our hearts and is full of blood, splatter and gore, it is also a story that highlights and celebrates the most redeeming features of humanity. I particularly enjoyed the interplay and the developing relationship between Wyatt and his step-father. For anyone who has been part of a blended family, the emotions and feelings will be evident. This is a fun, enjoyable read and not just for fans of the genre. I was pleased to see a third book is in the works and I know fans of Michael Okon’s work will be happy about that.

K.J. Simmill

The aftermath of Monsterland was global devastation. Wyatt is haunted by events and the images of the violence he both witnessed and executed to survive have plagued him as much as the revelation that his own father had been a zombie in the exhibition. Whilst the events are fresh and all-consuming, there are other concerns. The world government collapsed, and most people in power were wiped out during their visit to Monsterland, paving the way for the co-conspiring Vice President to don the mantle of authority. With so few survivors, Wyatt knows he must find a way to alert the outside world of what has really happened. But something stirs in the ruins of Monsterland, something new and dangerous. Monsterland had been constructed in a place of great power, and Vincent’s plans had not been terminated with his death. Every villain must always have a Plan B; the time has come for it to be revealed.

Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon is a rapid flowing, action-packed, suspenseful, paranormal thriller, filled with beautifully crafted descriptions and amazing scene setting. Tension is slowly built as the progression of events warns readers there’s something more to the situation at Copper Valley. Having read the first book, I can really appreciate the growth of the characters, not only from the last book, but throughout the progression of this one. Careful thought and consideration have gone into each character and their own individual history and plot, adding to their depth and believability. There are some great action scenes which only serve to enhance a well-executed and conceived plot. The stakes have been raised and, as a reader, I find myself eagerly awaiting the next book in this imaginative and thrilling series.

Rabia Tanveer

Monsterland Reanimated is the story of a place called Monsterland that is slowly but surely losing contact with the sane part of the world, where there are no monsters and people actually have normal lives. However, there are some undeniably active and very horrible forces that are cutting their contact with the outside world. In this state of confusion, Wyatt and his friends are trying to find the best possible way for them to survive and to put an end to this nightmare they are all living in. Monsterland is now being roamed by mummies, strange creatures and a blob-like monster that senselessly destroys everything in its path. But this monster is not what they should be worried about. There is something else, something far more dangerous that they have to worry about. Now what can they do? How will Wyatt and his friends survive?

Monsterland Reanimated: Monsterland Series Volume 2 by Michael Okon is a gritty and raw horror novel that does the genre justice. Fast-paced, intense and actually giving me goosebumps, Monsterland Reanimated works with elements that may seem to be too much, but the author somehow makes them work brilliantly together. Superbly crafted, Monsterland Reanimated is a nail biter that I just didn’t want to put down. What I truly enjoyed about this novel was that the author held nothing back. If a scene needed to be gory, the scene was gory. I loved the characters as each of them had their own charm and vitality and they all brought something new to the table. This is a fantastic horror fiction that I didn’t want to end. There was something about the way the story was told that I didn’t want it to end. Absolutely brilliant!

Sefina Hawke

Monsterland Reanimated (Monsterland Series Volume 2) by Michael Okon is a fiction supernatural horror story that would appeal most to a diverse audience of teenagers and young adults who enjoy monster fiction and who do not mind reading about violence and blood. This story takes place three weeks after the implosion of Monsterland that occurred in the first book. Wyatt finds himself right in the middle of everything, alongside his friends and family as he fights to help put his town and the world back to order. Does Wyatt have what it takes to survive in this changed world and warn the government about the traitor that was working with Vincent Konrad?

Monsterland Reanimated (Monsterland Series Volume 2) by Michael Okon is a well-written book that reminded me of a mix of the TV show The Walking Dead and the Jurassic Park movies. The author truly set this book apart from the Jurassic Park movies with how he explored the way the park’s implosion affected the rest of the world and the people in it. I really liked the way the author wrote about some of the major events that occurred in the first book in the second chapter. This reminded me of what had happened in the first book as it has been a while since I read Volume 1. I liked how the author explored more of the relationship between Wyatt and his stepfather, Carter, in this book as it felt like the events of Monsterland helped them to get a better understanding of each other. Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading this book and I hope the author decides to expand the series further in the future!

Romuald Dzemo

Monsterland Reanimated is the second book in a scintillating horror series by Michael Okon. A disaster has struck the horror theme park and the impact is devastating to the small town. The escaping werewolves, zombies, and vampires of Dr. Vincent Konrad’s theme parks are leaving numerous dead bodies in their wake. Vincent had thought of uniting the world, but has ended up destroying it with every world leader murdered, governments scrambling to set up new regimes and society in total chaos. It is against this backdrop that Wyatt sets out to contact the outside world and alert them of a painful betrayal. But problems just keep on stacking up against him, including the relentless, life-sucking ooze they simply call the “glob,” and a monster arisen from the depths of the chaos. Can he find answers before the chaos catches up with him?

Michael Okon does an incredible job in creating a world with elements that align perfectly to deliver the horror that readers long for in novels like this one. The story opens with a bang — a moment of crisis — with things falling apart and the unleashing of monsters. Out in the streets, readers encounter professionals turned monsters. Wyatt and a tiny few struggle to survive while seeking answers, but who and what can they trust? The action is intense and the pacing is fast. The characters feel very real — Wyatt, Melvin, Damon, Howard and a host of others — and it is interesting how they evolve through the narrative. Monsterland Reanimated features a riveting plot and an arresting narrative voice that combines with the exciting dialogues to create a reading experience that is perfect for fans of horror. This is an engrossing read with conflict and suspense that will keep readers turning the pages. An electrifying read!