Monday, May 2, 2016

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

Author:Michael Phillip Cash
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publication: October 2015

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

I have a secret love and it's cheesy horror and sci-fi movies like those on the SyFy network.  I think I have seen every cheesy horror film on Netflix streaming.  Monsterland reminded me of one of those films.  While it wasn't the best horror book I have ever read, it was entertaining.  It's kind of like a Jurassic Park for monsters.  Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves are real and one man has decided to contain them in parks around the world that would give people a chance to view them and have fun at the same time.  We all know how well that worked out for Jurassic Park, right?

As I said, I thought this was an entertaining read.  The characters were very stereotypical, but every good teen horror story needs them.  You have the bully jock, the pretty cheerleader, the nerd, the misfit, and the quiet unlikely hero who is pining for the cheerleader.  They were all fun and fit right into their niches. Not all is what it seems when they get to the park though.  There are a couple of twists just to keep things interesting.  

I do think it is worth taking a peek.  It was a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.  It is a bit gory in places, so I'd keep it to the over 16 crowd.  


Ethan said...

This sounds like something I'd love. I love watching those cheesy movies! Lavarantulla has to be one of my favorites haha. Thanks for introducing me to a book that would have otherwise not made it onto my radar.

Kari Boardman said...

I haven't seen that one. I'll have to check it out!