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Destroy All Monsters

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve.

Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s tree house. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world that he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters . . . in both animal and human form.

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by HarperTeen
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Q: “Maybe we broke the universe.” (c)
Q: Some of us are monsters. (c)
Q: I wanted to save myself, and Ash, and my whole city full of magnificent monsters and magic that they wanted to destroy. (c)
Q: “Temperature’s dropping tonight, beloveds,” she said. “Better find a good book or a warm body to curl up with by the fire.” (c)

So, kids deep in fantasy are marked in here as losing their minds. What's this world coming to? Medicating everyone from the crib? What Sol needed, was some writing therapy - a
Shaun Hutchinson
Effing brilliant.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
True rating: 3.5 stars.

I chose to read this book because of the mention of a Patrick Ness-like style, and this is definitely true. It starts out confusing as heck, but in a good way. The kind of confusing that captivates you, and pulls you in fully with the promise of a very odd, gritty, mysterious book.

Told in dual POV, we go through this story with two very different angles. One is Ash who is your typical teenage girl who doesn't completely fit in, but who's also not a complete loner. Then the
Rebecca Roanhorse
Laini Taylor meets John Green in this poignant young adult tale of parallel worlds and deep magic where trauma breaks but friendship heals. Miller offers no easy answers for fighting the all-too-real monsters in our lives but still allows space for hope, healing, and above all, bravery.
So. I really, really like Sam Miller. The first reason being that he's one of those writers who takes outlandish ideas and doesn't hesitate--just dives headfirst into them. I mean, his novels so far include a cyberpunk rebellion story starring a woman who's an orcamancer, a villain origin story about a boy whose eating disorder gives him superpowers, and now a dual perspective story about a girl with magical camera powers and her best friend who lives in his imaginary world filled with monsters ...more
Amanda Hanson
I loved this. It was a fun mix of magic with life, reality with the unreal. Sam J. Miller is so good - the words were beautiful. I’m going to be thinking about this book for a really long time.

Trigger warning for sexual abuse of children.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'm going to start this review with a "Hell Yeah!" and disclose that I've read nearly everything Miller has written. I'm a huge fan of his work. I'd encourage readers to find his blog to read the many science fiction stories he's written, many of them award-winners, in addition to the now-three novels he's published. Miller's debut novel for teens, The Art of Starving, is probably my all-time favourite of the genre, and his debut novel for adults, Blackfish City, is a gloriously hopeful glimpse ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Destroy All Monsters is a book that surprised me. Based on the premise, I went in expecting a contemporary novel and received magical realism and a parallel world. I have mixed feelings over this. On the one hand, the social issues / mental health classifications are relevant given the hate crimes, police brutality and oppressiveness, and Ash’s depression (and Solomon’s something). On the other hand, we’re led to believe that Solomon has schizophrenia but come out with the answer that artists ar ...more
This book had the potential of a five star read, I read the entire thing in one night, so it was at least easy to get into.

My main (and pretty much only issue) with this book was the dual narrative. I normally love more than one narrator in a book, but in this case I found myself rejoicing when Solomon's chapters were shorter. Ash was the interesting one to me, and it was easy for her chapters to fly by, reading Solomon's segments felt like a chore.

But I would highly recommend this book to jus
Surbhi Das
I am not giving this book any star rating because honestly, I can't decide. In truth, this book deals with some serious mental health related issues and I thought it was narrated quite beautifully. However, I didn't enjoy reading it as much as I thought I would.

I suppose it wasn't for me!

Many thanks to FFBC and Edelweiss+ for the ARC!

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I really like Sam J. Miller's writing and stories, but this book did make me realize that I prefer when his writing leans more toward magical realism than outright fantasy (I loved The Art of Starving but wasn't crazy about Blackfish City, and similarly preferred Ash's chapters over Solomon's). It was also a little disruptive to constantly switch perspectives (sometimes after only 2-3 pages), but this is still an excellent book I'd recommend to fans of A.S. King, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Patr ...more
Andy Winder
Do you know what this reminded me of (in the best way possible)? Patrick Ness. It’s got the same darkly whimsical feel to it while using monsters to represent deep emotional turmoil. When I read “The Art of Starving” almost two years ago, I was struck by the author’s unconventional choice to discuss eating disorders through science fiction. Destroy All Monsters pushes the way we traditionally discuss serious issues like child abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder in what makes for a thought-p ...more
Teenage Reads
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Shelves: 2019, advance-copy
Trigger Warning: Child Molestation
Ash and Solomon have been friends since they were kids. They were friends when Solomon found out he was gay, when his mother was arrested, when Ash got her depression, but nothing changed them more than the traumatic event that happened to them when they were twelve. It was so traumatic, that neither of them remembered what happens, only that Ash fell out of the tree house, and her father believes Solomon to be dangerous. From there, Solomon started going
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Destroy All Monsters, by Sam J. Miller

After reading “The Art of Starving,” I wanted to read more from Sam J. Miller. After reading “Blackfish City,” I became a certified Sam J. Miller stan. After reading “Destroy All Monsters,” it is safe to say that Sam J. Miller is one of the best young adult and sci-fi authors I have read. This novel takes the perspective of two high school students experiencing terrible realities in different ways. Or perhaps they experience it similarly in two different rea
Jo Ladzinski
Read my eARC from Edelweiss

TW: child sexual abuse, discussion and portrayal of mental illness (depression, PTSD)

The structure of Destroy All Monsters is a fascinating one: one part fugue state into a fantasy realm of magic and dinosaurs, one part navigating the real world with its more subtle monsters. It tells the story of Ash and Solomon, two best friends who experienced something in a tree house that Ash doesn't remember and causes Solomon to be on the run most of the time. Using dinosaurs an
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Tarah Schaeffer
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has mental illnesses of her own, I have always been interested in seeing how authors handle dealing with trauma related to it. Sadly, having a mental illness still holds a stigma for many and especially hard to deal with with normal rites of passage like high school *shivers*.

That is why it is so important that the media address, young adult authors especially handle this touchy subject with care. It’s a big responsibility teaching the next generation and I think Sam did an excell
Courtney Lavallee
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I wasn't sure what to think of this book in the beginning. It was very hard to follow so I kept getting pulled out of the story. Also there should be a massive trigger warning for Child Molestation, as this is a topic talked about in the book.

With all that said, this book did get better and substantially so. By about the 200pg mark I could not put the book down, everything was changing and interesting. This was a very well researched book as it deals with trauma and how some people deal with the
Dawn Ferencz
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough read, partly because of the subject matter (see spoiler section if you'd like), and partly because it took me a bit to get into the rhythm of the book. It is beautifully constructed, and once I was able to follow the transitions between Ash and Solomon, I couldn't put it down. I loved the way the fantasy seeped into the realistic settings (and vice versa), and I think the topics covered are important. (view spoiler) ...more
Herminia Chow
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
About the book: Ash and Solomon both experienced a traumatic event when they were younger and try to remember what happened in order to work through it together.

I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first, I had no idea where the story was going.

Characters: Ash and Solomon are interesting protagonists. As I learned more about their pasts, they grew on me. I liked their friendship. I also apprecia
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Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (HarperTeen), one of NPR's Best Books of 2017. His second novel, Blackfish City (Ecco Press/USA; Orbit/UK) was a "Must Read" according to Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Magazine, and one of the best books of 2018 according to the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and more. Joan Rivers once asked him if he was gay (HE ...more