Blurb from Goodreads
After the Sickness has killed off her parents, and the bombs have fallen on the last safe cities, Monster emerges from the arctic vault which has kept her alive. When she washes up on the coast of Scotland, everyone she knows is dead, and she believes she is alone in an empty world.
Monster begins the long walk south, scavenging and learning the contours of this familiar land made new. Slowly, piece by piece, she begins to rebuild a life. Until, one day, she finds a girl: feral, and ready to be taught all that Monster knows. Changing her own name to Mother, Monster names the child after herself. As young Monster learns from Mother, she also discovers her own desires, realising that she wants very different things to the woman who made, but did not create, her.
Inspired by Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein, My Name is Monster is a novel about power, about the things that society leaves imprinted on us when the rules no longer apply, and about the strength and the danger of a mother’s love.
This book has a great premise.
It’s a book of the apocalyptic variety and starts out with a woman named Monster, who is seemingly the only person left alive after some sort of war and a sickness…
The book is purposefully vague. We see how Monster struggles to survive to find food, water, safe shelter… Until one day she finds a child whom she decides to name Monster while she becomes known as Mother. It is explained that Monster means survivor whereas Mother means creator.
I very much enjoyed the first 25% or so of this book…
But then it stagnated.
The narrative style began to feel repetitive and the two main characters were always far too mysterious for me as a reader to fully empathise with them.
I also was not a fan of the ending. So much of it seemed far fetched especially considering the knowledge base of Monster Jnr.
Sadly this book wasn’t to my taste and can only rate it two stars.
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Canongate, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Published: June 2019