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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. Just another day at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting humanity by any means necessary. It's up to Jarod Samuels to keep the hallways pristine and safe, but scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster. Then someone new joins his department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mout ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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This book... it's very, very good.

If you're interested in knowing about the author, the book, his series, the author is on the blog with a giveaway as well.

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**Warning - not for fluffy consumption.**

For my fellow dark dystopian gay relationship-ish types. Monster delivers flawed and interesting characters with depth and this off-kilter charming quality that shouldn't be possible. Written well in third person present tense, giving intense and introspec
5 Hearts

Dear Soren Summers,

When I first came across your book Monster, I was intrigued. I love a good dark story and the blurb along with the cover checked off a few boxes for me. When I began reading, I took it nice and slow to blend in with this world Jarod Samuels was showing me as he went about this day. When Mr. Perfect shows up, I grinned. When he became snarky Gabriel I liked him but when he became the guy who loves stove top mac and cheese and drools while he sleeps, he became so adora
I'm probably going to be in the minority here, and it may be a case of "it's me, not the book", but ... I don't think so. I don't know what the actual tags are for this, but I think I saw 'romance horror' or something like that but for me this didn't work as either.

The story takes place in the present or near future. It centers around a company called Vertex (think Amazon + FB + Google + [insert multinational pharmaceutical] + [insert multinational arms conglomerate]) and it's tentacle-like grip
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great I really hope there's more to come. If you love creepy corporation's that do experimental work on people then this is excellent.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really well written

While the market is fairly flooded with dystopian zombie novels, this one does stand out as being among the best.

Jerod, the protagonist, works at a creepy lab that does experiments on people. He vascillates between being philosophical about the fact that the place is a nightmare and just being in denial. The story is told from his POV in third person present tense, so the reader is always right in the moment with him. And I think the author takes great advantage of this with
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kazza-rec
Got my new blog going. Will be reading more stuff now.

Don't care about stars but it's A for Freaking Awesome!

I had this recced to me and I’m glad I took my time to read it. I like ideas of futuristic worlds and how people have their own vision of what might be on its way, there’s no date stamp on when this is set but it seems like sometime in the near future. I had chills up my spine as I read so there’s a cool creep factor to it, Soren Summers gets ordin
Soren Summers
Nov 04, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Pretend I wrote something cute and clever here.

Dark material ahead, outright horror in places. No real warnings apart from graphic violence. Proceed with caution.

You're the best <3

Edit: The sequel, Parasite, is now available. For the full story, you can also download a free copy of Siren, Monster's companion novella and book #1.5 of the series.
Joyfully Jay
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Monster was a pleasant surprise. It was enjoyable from the beginning, but it evolved into something completely different by the end. On the surface it’s an occasionally slow developing romance between two men who start as competitors but advance into partners both at work and home. Gabriel, especially, has his secrets and he isn’t as honest as he should be with Jarod, but they still mesh as a couple. Jarod comes off as wearied and settled in his life and only rel
4.5 stars

So this first in the series is basically a story of "the before" the zombie apocalypse happens. Which is interesting because usually in zombie apocalypse stories it starts in the middle of it or at the start, never before it happens.

But this is exactly what this is, the why and how the zombie apocalypse starts.

Of course, we get some romance thrown in there. But this story is basically half world building of Vertex, the place Jarod works, as well as setting up the main plot of the seri
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, lbr, mm, sci-fi
Boy, was this one creepy story! Jarod is an employee at Vertex, a mysterious company that is searching for disease cures and whatnot “for the betterment of mankind.” It is basically a test facility, or one big lab where humans are tested and experimented on with what seems like mostly disastrous results, a few of which we get the gory details. Many of the subjects are terminally ill, signing up for the tests as a last resort. The company is highly secure, with cameras everywhere being watched by ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
“Running is vital in waste management. It helps to get you to the scene of an incident as quickly as possible. It also helps when you’re running away from the situation, or anything in the vicinity that might want to destroy, eat, or borrow your vital organs.” ~ Jarod Samuels, garbageman

Author Soren Summers’ outstanding debut novel, Monster, tells a story of man vs science, and succumbing to the temptation to play God when knowledge and access to the right resources breed hubris—all for the grea
Karen Wellsbury
Really excellent take on how a dark and bloody dystopia might start.

A lot of build up and signs - really how could a giant organisation manipulating genes and trying to end all diseases possibly go wrong ?
Jarod and Gabriel are messed up emotionally , and quite young, and work at Vertex ( the giant organisation) doing what is euphemistically called cleanup when they witness something very disturbing, again.
Its a bit messy in parts, and a lot of information provided but gripping and fun to read.
Harper Miller
I was so not expecting this book to be such a crazy ride but it was worthwhile. The first half was slow moving but it was all for the sake of setting up the story and introducing the characters, which made perfect sense. I've learned that sometimes a slow burn pays off. At the 70% mark everything started coming together and SO MUCH HAPPENED. It was epic! I need more M/M horror/suspense/sci-fi reads in my life because this was 4.5 stars of weirdo fun.
Feb 14, 2018 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance, dnf, sci-fi
DNF at 30%
What a snoozefest!
Ulysses Dietz
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monster (Vertex Series Book 1)
By Soren Summers
By the author, 2016
ISBN: 9781533745996
Five stars

A new writer with a new universe. And it’s not pretty. Welcome to world of Vertex, where Jarod Samuels is in waste management, and Gabriel Anderson is the new guy who both irritates and intrigues him.

Summers is a very good writer. No nonsense. Elegant, just descriptive enough to create a vivid sense of the foreboding nature of the Vertex headquarters outside of Pleasance, somewhere in America. Jarod is
Nerdy Natalie
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by Jay over at Cocky Reviews, so I decided to pick it up via Kindle Unlimited. I don’t read many M/M horror stories so I was anxious to see how this one would turn out and it was badass!

Monster is Soren Summers’ debut novel. The story follows Jarod, a guy who works in waste management at Vertex. Waste management does not mean what you think it means. Vertex is a billion dollar company that dabbles in a bit of everything. On the outside, it appears to be a bastion of sci
Ame Terra
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Every vial holds a different liquid memory: joy, birth, blood, fire, fear, regret. Somehow they all taste bitter.”

I read that tweet and thought, what lunacy do we have here and how do I get to crazy town? I set out to exhume the creature, the wicked wordsmith responsible for such a concoction. Certainly he must be monster. Only a monster could create such macabre mastery.

Shovel in hand, I dug and dug (a.k.a. internet stalking) searching for creepy but all I found was charming. A charming, funn
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horror for those who love horror and for those who don't

This book was nothing like I expected and everything I could possibly have hoped for!

I am not a horror reader usually. I don't enjoy it in books or movies. Blood, guts, bodies, gore, screaming, all these things tend to drive me away. And even with those exact descriptors in the blurb for this book, something about it intrigued me. I 'm really glad it did because the book was nothing like its blurb.

Vertex surprised me, because I couldn't fig
Sue bowdley
5 stars+...This is the first book by this author and i'll definitely be reading more and definitely be re-reading this.....I admit it was slow to get going but not boring slow...It kept me turning the pages and didn't get confused....I'm a big fan of The Walking Dead and Resident Evil so i had a pretty good idea I'd love this.....Everything was described easily so you won't get confused at what's going on.....Jarod and Gabriel are pretty cool together and I loved them both from the start....I'm ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lame, boring, not fun and bloody grossness Like i was promised...LoL
Read 2/3rds
Anyone read this and was into it? Let me know what you think.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one to shy away from a horror sci-fantasy tome, and this book did not disappoint. In a genre that can be hit-and-miss this book is a breath of fresh air with a hint of nostalgia for me as I can't help but be reminded of River and the Alliance from Firefly... Can't wait to start the second book in the series.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's not much I can add that hasn't already been covered in the numerous glowing reviews of MONSTER, so I won't even attempt to rehash the brilliance of the plot, the world building, or Soren Summers' ability to describe everything with such vivid detail. This is a book that's really going to stick with me. It inspires me as both a reader and a writer, and I'm ready to jump right into the next installment. Well done, Mr. Summers. You're the best.
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I want to give this book so many high-fives. Evil corporations, "garbage men" who clean up experiments gone very wrong (of which there are many), and characters desperately trying to convince themselves it's for the betterment of humanity. I was a little disappointed that Vertex wouldn't bother treating rooms flooded with blood and liquefied human remains as a biohazard situation and train their employees accordingly, but I guess you can blame Vertex for that.

You know how many times I noticed t
Aug 30, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, ku
Rating: DNF.

This book is just not grabbing me. I think it's because in the short time I'm reading it, I don't like either of the MCs. Maybe it's not fair because I really have seen anything from Gabriel's point of view, but what I've read I haven't liked. I'm not a big fan of the other MC Jarod either. Top it off by not really liking the author's writing style and I'm giving up. Luckily, I got it through Amazon's KU program so no biggie.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls

I am a bit flummoxed as to what to make of this story. I loved it and didn’t in almost equal parts. Such an odd place to be when trying to review a book with pure and honest intentions. On the one hand, I almost gave up in the beginning and called it a day because I was just not getting into it the way I wanted to. I went back and read all the great reviews and decided to keep trudging through waiting to get to the good parts. Therein lies my conundrum – I
Walter Hopgood
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review is for a copy I got in exchange for an honest review.

I will preface this by saying that this is not the kind of book that I would normally read. But that said, I am so glad that I had the chance to read this! Soren Summers has a way of what I like to call a "slow build", that takes you from your normal, everyday situation, and then adds tension and an all-out assault on your senses to where you cannot put the book down! While I do think the book started just a bit slow (in the first 20
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well wholly crap....that was a trip!

This book was recommended to me, no words were sent, just a link to the book...a quick read of the synopsis and there started my adventure in the Vertex world. I am a big fan of dystopian fiction, suspense, horror, mystery and m/m...this book delivers on all fronts.

Mr Summers has weaved together an alternate universe where human testing is known and accepted, things in giant black body bags may or may not be animal or mineral and a red tie can make anything a
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took me a while to get into. I think it was because there's a lot of world building at the start. The world is dark and full of depths we never get to experience or fully understand because Jarod, the narrator, never is able to understand them.

I really liked Jarod. He was such an honest character, really believable. I think part of why I never felt sure of Gabriel is because of how Jarod feels for him. He shows us the world exactly as he sees it, and causes the reader to also see and f
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Hi, Soren here. After 15 years spent working in lifestyle journalism and public relations I decided it was time to stop selling other people’s stories and start telling my own. I’m obsessed with writing about ordinary people struggling against overwhelming supernatural odds. I’ve also been told that I’m kind of charming. No, really.

I love video games, staying home on the weekends, and geeky guys.

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