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Monsters Monsters is a dystopian novel set against the backdrop of the collapse of civilization The fallout from a passing comet contains a biological pathogen not a virus or a living organism just a collect

  • Title: Monsters
  • Author: Peter Cawdron
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  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Monsters is a dystopian novel set against the backdrop of the collapse of civilization.The fallout from a passing comet contains a biological pathogen, not a virus or a living organism, just a collection of amino acids, but these cause animals to revert to the age of the mega fauna, when monsters roamed Earth.Bruce Dobson is a reader With the fall of civilization, readingMonsters is a dystopian novel set against the backdrop of the collapse of civilization.The fallout from a passing comet contains a biological pathogen, not a virus or a living organism, just a collection of amino acids, but these cause animals to revert to the age of the mega fauna, when monsters roamed Earth.Bruce Dobson is a reader With the fall of civilization, reading has become outlawed Superstitions prevail, and readers are persecuted like the witches and wizards of old Bruce and his son James seek to overturn the prejudices of their day and restore the scientific knowledge central to their survival, but monsters lurk in the dark.

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    1. This is the only book by Peter Cawdron that I didn't enjoy; it started interesting but quickly went downhill. I look forward to reading more of his books.

    2. This excellent book is going to stay in my head for a long time. For a SF story, it's entirely too realistic for comfort. We all take our civilization far too much for granted, until something comes along to point out for us how fragile it can be.The first part of the book details with rather chilling logic the slow fall of the world's current civilization. A comet that comes nowhere near our planet leaves debris that encroaches on the atmosphere, with devastating results. A biological agent wit [...]

    3. ABR's original Monsters audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.A large comet passes close to earth and deposits an unknown pathogen into the atmosphere. Most animals mutate into larger versions of themselves, bears, insects, bats, dogs, cats, rats, everything except humans. Civilization shrinks and reverts back to feudal/medieval times. Technology and learning become the enemy. Eventually, ignorance is embraced as people who are able to read are burned as witches. Th [...]

    4. This is another in a string of incredible stories I've come across through Hugh Howie's recommendations. I really am having a hard time describing how much I enjoyed this book. Cawdron has become one of my new favorite authors with this amazing ode to literacy. In Monsters, Cawdron spins a heartwarming story of a dystopian future where literacy is forbidden. Much like the dark ages, people with the ability to read are viewed as magic wielding threats to the survival of the rest of civilization. [...]

    5. Edit:After speaking with Peter, I do feel that my take on the second half of the book may have been too harsh. He does make a good point that it was important to learn about how humanity begins to change, how they begin to find their way. I did some rereading and decided that I have a better grasp of where he is going and what he was doing with his characterizations. I am leaving my previous review in place - others may find that the information is useful, but I do want to note that I have raise [...]

    6. Think I've found a new favourite writer. This book was fantastic. It really showed how much Cawdron loves books, and as a reader/writer it made me love the craft even more. The intelligence in the writing and the thought that went into the back story was amazing, and really helped to suck me in. The story was a little jump. I found it went from climax to climax to quickly, as though he was trying to fit in as many as possible in such a short book. At the end of the first half I was disappointed [...]

    7. I've become quite a fan of Peter Cawdron over the past year. Typically, he has written rather plausible Space Opera. This time, with Monsters, he takes a bit of departure into a devolved dystopian novel that doubles up as a love letter to literacy and knowledge. After a near miss with a comet has some catastrophic events, including a drastic increase in size of many of the planet's fauna, Earth is plunged back into the dark ages. Books, science and knowledge are shunned, and literate people are [...]

    8. This was very interesting. While I tend to enjoy novels that discuss novels, this particular example that the aforementioned phenomenon does it with style -- with monsters. By using monsters and GREAT PERIL as a backdrop for a discussion of the importance of the act of reading, Cawdron ensures that the message strikes true. Read it!

    9. Monsters is a fascinating story about a dystopian future in which the very thing that we are reading is not allowed, and the very act of reading is a crime. Can you imagine a society where there are no books and reading is an offence punishable by death? But that is only one aspect of Monsters, the other aspect of this thrilling tale is that there are actually Monsters. A comet has caused significant changes to the Earth, not only atmospheric changes, that change the weather conditions, meaning [...]

    10. A SIMPLE MAN'S REVIEW:First off, the prologue is a book I would read. The story of how we got to such a dystopian future was fascinating and I hope Cawdron considers a prequel for this book. But on to the main storyMy feelings toward this story were all over the place. I was on such a high from the prologue that the main story seemed to start off a bit slow. The background is set up and we start to meet characters, but then, out of nowhere, comes a beautiful discussion on the value of reading an [...]

    11. Excellent!This is a wonderful book. I loved every second of it. The characters are really interesting people that I liked a lot. The setting is in the future after our society has fallen and literacy has become a crime. Some people will not be stopped however. Readers are a hardy bunch.

    12. Despite the fact that this book is called Monsters, the actual monsters are not the focus of the book. They're in the background, occasionally popping in to stir up trouble when the plot is getting slow. I got this book because I wanted to read about prehistoric animals tearing people up. There is a sabretooth skull on the cover, after all. But alas, no prehistoric animals to be found. It's just really big animals, even though they are dramatically called "monsters."Now I'll admit, I don't hold [...]

    13. The book started out great. I loved the description of the fall of society and setting the stage for the rest of the book. However, I struggled staying interested through the first parts of the book. I did not feel like the story was going anywhere. Once the main characters son became the focal point of the story it did pick up and regrabbed my interest. My biggest criticism of the book is the ending. It happened too "fast" and clean. A theme throughout the book was on the horror and pointless n [...]

    14. Full review here on my blog: onenovelconcept/2Synopsis: A meteor passes by earth leaving behind some kind of dust or debris that overtime changes all the animals into giant monsters. Dogs the size of horses, ants the size of a human foot, leaving humans no longer at the top of the food chain. As times goes on the monsters get bigger and there are less and less people. Bruce and his son James must learn to fight off not only the monsters of the animal kingdom but also those monsters trying to tak [...]

    15. Life has been busy and it took me forever to get around to reading Monsters, but I'm glad I did. It was a good story. Generally I read more of the reaching and playing in the universe brand of stories, but I really enjoyed this story. Monsters is a post-apocalyptic type of story, though civilization doesn't fall to nuclear weapons, zombies or anything of the type, which was refreshing. The destruction of civilization as we know it was much more subtle and leads to the theme for this book, which [...]

    16. I love the cover!A good story, I enjoyed it. I can't imagine life without reading, yet in this book almost no one knows how because it's illegal, and at times punishable by death. With all of the lost knowledge of the world and trying to stay safe with giant animals trying to kill/eat you it's a pretty rough life.A couple parts of the book were mildly unrealistic. I can't see someone the day after having had their arm slashed open and part of their muscle ripped out, with no pain medication to s [...]

    17. Unexpected but well thought out.I picked this book because I thought it would be an apocalyptic scary book. It was a surprise. It is a well written book that actually points (to me anyway) to mankind as the ultimate Monster. The characters are great and well developed and you will laugh and cry for them. This reminded me of the "Walking Dead" series in many ways but without the zombies. It is a thought provoking book and I enjoyed the plot twists and turns. I will try this author again as his st [...]

    18. Monsters is the second book i have read by Peter Cawdron and it is as good as the 1st one ( I tend to like the first book better than the others by an author-- but I cannot say this about Peter Cawdron.)Earth passes through a comet tail and the tail leaves a 'monster' in its wake that destroys society, causes animals to become huge in size and now monsters are the rulers again. But, there are many monsters humans have to face. Just trying to exist on this new earth humans no longer have the tech [...]

    19. This had been sat on my kindle for a while, and to be honest I had been put off starting it as I often find that books that I get for free or for a very low promotional price, tend to be poorly edited and not well written.Happy to say that this was an exception. Well written, with a somewhat terrifying unemotional account of the fall of civilisation in the foreword/opener that was almost so well explained you could imagine it actually happening!I enjoyed both half of the books, told from both Br [...]

    20. Good book with a different take on the 'end of the world' scenario, detailing a falling from our reliance on modern technology back to medieval times and superstitions. Quite vividly written with action that was both exciting and integral to the plot. Overall I found the book enjoyable and decent paced. However, both the ending and the transfer from major characters appeared very sudden, the ending in particular almost abrupt. That being said, this is an author I will look to again and would rea [...]

    21. This is a book that took me by surprise. I expected one type of book, basically a technical thriller with a monstrous antagonist. What I got was a thriller that became an alternate future epic fantasy where the monsters are not necessarily bad and the real monsters are ourselves. There was more than a bit of preachiness in the basic message of the novel, which bothered me. Thankfully, said preachiness gave way to a sweeping story that, for me, called up fond memories of Pillars of the Earth with [...]

    22. Conflict is pretty much a given in this genre. someone always wants to be in control. It's no different in this novel. What is different is the somewhat longer time-frame of the story and the monsters. Personally, I liked the giant dogs. :)My Rating SystemMy rating system (*]star)1* couldn't finish book2* finished book, but didn't like it3* a good read4* a very good read often with a novel concept or unusual plot5* an exceptionally good read, a prominent example of the genre

    23. This book is imaginative and captivating. In some ways it reminds me of one of my favorite books, "Fahrenheit 451". A place where books have been forbidden and it's illegal to read. I can't think of a more dismal world. I really like the characters and the way the story evolves. The author indicates in the Q & A at the end of the book, that there is a possibility of a sequel. I certainly hope that Mr. Cawdron does release it.

    24. I have to admit to being very pleasantly surprised by this. I wasn't expecting much, but as it ticked two of my boxes - post-apocalypse and creature feature - I had to read it. The level of story-telling and character development was far beyond what I'd hoped for, and I ended up finishing the book in two sittings. The only part I disliked was the prologue, which seemed very clunky, and may have been better served by being dealt out piecemeal as flashbacks at the start of each chapter.

    25. A good readI am a reader. I can't imagine a world or a life without books. Monsters reads smoothly, While it has great action, at it's core it quickly spans two generations in a family that risks everything for the ability and right to read. In a world where catastrophic events have brought a new dark age to an earth peopled by monsters, superstition and ignorance prevail and might is right. The final word is "I am a reader. I control monsters." I love it.

    26. Excellent! Fast paced, engaging I never give 5 stars anymore, feeling that 5 stars should be reserved for truly great life changing works, but I was seriously tempted to this time. All I have to the other reviews is that this book was so fascinating that it woke up my own desire to write again. I cannot wait for the sequel!

    27. Great story line. I really enjoyed the premise of a comet causing a virus to make animals grow into "Monsters" and how the society of the day coped with them. What imagination! I also loved the characters, known as readers. Reading in this time was considered close to witchcraft and was punishable by death.

    28. Wonderfully developed characters-- I love being emotionally invested in a book and I was in hook line and sinker, specifically in the first half of the book. My only negative is this very much reads like two different books stitched together with a transitional chapter. But even with that, I enjoyed this book very much.

    29. I actually downloaded this book because it popped up on and was really cheap. I figured, "why not?" I thought it was a very creative novel and I enjoyed the journey that spanned a couple of generations. My only complaint was that it ended rather abruptly and left me feeling a little cheated.

    30. When you pick up a book called monsters, you expect it to be about.well, monsters. Its no big surprise that the monsters in this book were not the over sized lions, dogs, etc but man himself. Really interesting read with a lot of philosophy on why we read books. Maybe we could get Obama to read this.

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