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(Monster #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  912 ratings  ·  121 reviews
It’s been four years since the events of GONE.

The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors within have spread, and now all of humanity is in danger. The alien virus-infested rock that created the FAYZ is creating monsters–monsters that walk the cities and countryside, terrorizing all. There are tanks in the street and predator drones in the sky, doomed efforts to stop t
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Published October 16th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018, young-adult
2 1/2 stars. Hmm. I didn't expect to have much to say about the second book in a spin-off series of another popular six-book series, but I guess there's still things I want to talk about.

I'm a huge fan of Grant's Gone series, and also enjoyed the first book in this spin-off - Monster. I love the action, the grit, the diverse and flawed characters. I've definitely had some issues with parts of it but, overall, the positive has outweighed the negative.

The problem is that this book makes it feel li
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Me: It’ll be hard for Grant to top the disturbing, psychologically and physically violent nature of the BZRK series.

Me, after reading Villain: Oh
Ryan Buckby
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

Ok so i'm not a huge fan of this second book in the sequel but i was happy to see some more characters return from the original series.

Plot: This book is has higher stakes and starts of really quickly with so much information thrown at you all in one go. I feel like this story has started to slowly go off and start a whole new story and i don't think how much more i can invest myself into this story much more.

This story is the most gruesome and stomach churning wi
Mark Kielty
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, I wandered into one of my usual bookshops in Dublin City to find, sitting on a shelf, two copies of Michael Grant’s Villain. After reading Monster I was excited to read the follow up and I thought that other people would be too - So why were there only two copies out?

I shrugged my shoulders, proceeded to the checkout and bought the book.

I went online to check out the reviews. That’s when I found out that the book isn’t out yet!

I don’t know why the book was out on the shop floor, maybe it wa
I really enjoyed the Gone series, but the author has taken the concept entirely off the rails. As a result, Villain is action packed with no discernible plot. The altered humans that are bent on destruction seem to be drunk on their powers and throw cataclysmic temper tantrums, leaving the novel down a ridiculous path. I wish that author Michael Grant had ended with the original series, as I have become increasingly disappointed with the sequels. Villain is the last book for me with these charac ...more
Sam (she_who_reads_)
These books just get more and more brutal as the series progresses! I loved the original Gone series- and those books are definitely not for the faint of heart- and these new books continue the story of the aftermath of the original series conclusion. We have old characters we already know and new characters (with new powers) most of whom are legitimately terrifying! If you enjoyed the Gone series, then you will enjoy these new books. If you like dystopian/sci-fi that does not shy away from the ...more
Sarah Tomjack
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Huff
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most gruesome books I've ever read. The fact that this is marketed to children is mind-boggling!!! That being said, such a great story and I could not put it down. I appreciate when an author doesn't pussyfoot around, and Michael Grant never does. This is pure action and carnage from start to finish and I can't sing his praises enough. So when does Hero come out now?
E *I tried being resonable I didnt like it*
This book was fire too bad that next isn't out yet
jessica ☾
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
For such an action-packed story, this was incredibly dull. I also just can’t find it in me to be invested in all these new characters. The shining moments for me in this book was those that included Dekka, Drake, Sam and Astrid, everyone else just kinda blended together. I am however, extremely excited for the third upcoming book in the trilogy!
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another breathless, gory adventure story from Michael Grant. I'm half enjoying, half terrified to keep reading this series; every time I think the stakes can't possibly get any higher, I'm proved wrong. The Battle of Las Vegas is horrifying in every sense of the word.

I'm in awe of the way Michael can sow in hints early on, throw away moments that later become very important. It takes real skill and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything pans out in a year.

I've taken a star off, though, bec
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars ****

Another exciting book in the "Gone" series from Mr. Grant, who amps up the action, characters and violence. (At times, too much violence.) The antagonist in this novel is a real badass, with absolutely no compassion, morals or remorse. (He does, however, possess a warped sense of humor that only he seems to find amusing.)

More characters from the original "Gone" books are involved, and the ending has a great setup for another sequel.

If you have a weak stomach for death, horrible d
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well shit and fuck. This went about as well as it could have.

At first I wasn't sure how I felt about how aware they were of the hero/villain roles (probably because of my personal preference for books where there isn't necessarily a 'good' and a 'bad' side), but it grew on me. You have a bunch of kids who get powers and the world is going to shit in a speedboat, and they're dealing with it using what information they have, namely comic books and movies. And just the fact that they are aware rai
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had some troubles getting back into the story. This is better read just following the series, but since only one comes out per year...
But you can see that I finished in 2 days. That's only because I was in the hospital yesterday to get all 4 wisdom teeth out. I had to wait quite a while because of some mix-up. So that goes to show once again (!): ALWAYS bring a book!
Jeannine Kranz
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic follow up series to the gone series. Can not wait for the next instalment.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continues the series brilliantly - I can't wait to see what happens to all my favourite characters next.
Sophia Johnson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Moon Cousin
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Finished the whole thing in a single day and... yeah I have quite a bit to say. It goes without saying that any major spoilers for this book will be marked and covered, spoilers for previous books in the series and the overarching narrative... not so much.

This is my very first review of a book in the FAYZ-Verse and I guess I should start by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with this series. There are things I enjoy quite a bit, things I find annoying, things I come close to outright h
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
VILLAIN, a Gone novel by Michael Grant, tells the story of the world four years after the events of GONE. The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors inside it have spread. An alien virus-infested rock that created FAYZ has started an apocalypse, creating mutants and uncontrollable creatures, terrorizing the world. In this new post-apocalyptic series, you have your monsters, your villains and your heroes. There are some that believe the humans must be fought, that the mutants are the ones th ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Warning to all: this book is gross af. But typical of a Gone novel.

I found this book to be entertaining, but also a little pointless. It’s mostly just a bunch of gory, graphic violence that starts to lose its purpose. The new villain introduced, Dillon Poe, isn’t interesting. He’s a complete moron who seems to suddenly decide to kill everyone without feeling strongly about it one way or another. He just sort of does it. That being said, Grant continues to do a good job at creating very hatable
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These books are just so horrible, and I mean that completely. Nobody can write the kind of twisted horror and awfulness that Michael Grant can. I think that’s why, at heart, I find his books continually compelling, no matter how gruesome they get—he really, really digs to the core of what humans will do to themselves and each other given the right circumstances.

I’m still surprised this series hasn’t gotten more exposure, given how popular Gone was. I was also shocked to find that he co-wrote Ani
Sam Whale
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-sci-fi, books
A big step up from Monster (which I still enjoyed a lot). The main cast is a lot more well rounded and engaging, with clearer motivations and arcs (it was nice to feel moments of sympathy for the various Villains instead of just seeing them as insane and evil). Dillan was an especially engaging antagonist and the addition of Francis to the Rockborn Gang is welcome :) Shade, Malik and Cruz are given a lot more depth, with Cruz in particular growing to be one of my favourite character in all eight ...more
Oh do I LOVE this series and Villain did not disappoint! I devoured this riveting read in 2 days, with new characters (Dillon Poe, Francis Specter, DiMarco) and old characters I love - Shade, Dekka, Cruz, Malik, Sam Temple, Astrid, Armo and characters I hate - Drake, Peaks. As Malik suffers excruciating pain from burns, he ingests" the rock" and when he morphs he is able to give unbelievable pain to others. Dillon Poe is a horror, his power AFTER EATING THE ROCK- when he speaks all must do what ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book reeeeally lost my interest. I adored the original Gone series and even Monster I gulped up, but my attention really dwindled with this one. I feel like the characters were generally boring and lacking personality. I didn't like Shade or Cruz, Malik was the one character I didn't mind reading about. Di'Marco's character (or however you spell that) went absolutely nuts and slightly out of the realm of reality.

I will probably read Hero, but only to finish off the series, or else I will al
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Dillon Poe must be one of the most despicable villains ever but he is brought down by the Rockborn Gang after a bloodthirsty rampage through Las Vegas. This is a sequel series to the Gone Sextuplets. However, it does not, in my opinion, have the likable heroes from Gone. I will keep reading because I want to find out about the Dark Watchers and why Francis does not sense them. I also like Armo, the berserker polar bear.
Holy hell, I finally finished this.
2.8 stars.
You ever read a book and you're just upset you're not getting into it. Welcome to my reading experience of Villain.
I am an avid fan of Gone, but I keep expecting that. Gone was filled with children under 15, only adults in the last book and more focus on the characters.
While I love Dekka (and the Sam part) here, I still can't connect with Shade, Malik and the others. My favourite character to read must have been Cruz.
There were just too many side
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ps-2019, aty-2019
Exactly as expected mostly except the "good guys" got a better deal this time.
Pure adrenaline and entertainment.
Still like the message of acceptance these books convey.
George Fowles
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next level gore compared to that of the FAYZ. Loved the idea of Dillon Poe’s power and the zombie apocalypse vibe it gave off. Even more disturbing when you realise they’re all aware of what they’re doing but can’t stop. Got to be the biggest death toll of the series so far. I kinda wish more was done with the OG’s, especially Drake now he’s so much worse (or at least more directly stated) than in the FAYZ, but by the looks of the ending we’ll be getting that in the next book. The Dark Watchers ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned

I hadn't expected much of this book, because I wasn't a super big fan of the first one, but I'm reading it mostly because of the Gone nostalgia. Monster was pretty good to get through and still rather amusing, but I thought Villain was just a bit all over the place. It didn't really have a storyline that was easy to follow and I still don't really get what the "bigger problem" is now, because they keep killing the bad guys that seem to be the main antagonist and what is even more problematic
Verity Harris
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Co-author with Katherine Applegate of Ocean City, Making Out, Summer, Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants, Eve and Adam.

Pseudonymous coauthor with KA of Christy (the TV spin-off books), Sweet Valley Twins, Girl Talk and various Disney spin-offs.

Pseudonymous author of Barf-O-Rama.

Author of Gone, BZRK, The Magnificent 12, Messenger of Fear, Front Lines, Monster and A Sudden Death in Cyprus.

AKA Michae

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