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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Alana Khan’s dystopian fantasy novel, Monsters' Genesis, is set in 2075. Shanna is part of a polyamorous relationship with three husbands. The Earth is in bad shape with pollution and the threat of a deadly virus that mutates. The elite and rich have built towers to live above the pollution. The people outside are required to receive a vaccine against the virus. After receiving her vaccine, Shanna feels ill. An hour later, Roman and Chaska fall ill. Alex comes home early, but Shanna notices he isn’t sick. Instead, Alex looks like a humanoid wolf. Alex is staring at Roman who has transformed into a rabbit. They handcuff Alex to a radiator and make sure Roman is safe across the room. A news report confirms their fear as the effects have spread worldwide. Shanna turns to Chaska; however, he begins to mutate before her.
Alana Khan's description of the men's transformation was fascinating to me. Minute details like Alex’s eyes rounding were vivid. The dystopian environment is exactly how I picture the future with global warming, pandemics, and the rich rising above everyone else. I can relate to how many conspiracies are involved in the story. I even came up with a conspiracy but the unpredictable events that sprang forth kept my mind fully engaged. I liked how each chapter presents the view of events through a different character in the group. Their personalities are distinct and I could connect with each one. My favorite was Chaska, as his devotion and inner fear of abandonment are similar to my personality. The end of the book was completely different from what I predicted. This is the first book in a series; however, it works well as a standalone novel. I eagerly await the sequel. I recommend Monsters' Genesis to romance and fantasy readers who enjoy seeing how people handle a dystopian environment.