My Rating ~ Four and a half stars
RELEASE DATE: 27 August 2019
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books
All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn . . . and Connor’s life will never be the same again.
Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments – gods who have been buried for generations – who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they’re exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn’t sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.
Thank you so much to Hachette Children’s Books for providing me with a copy of Monuments, in exchange for an honest review.
Connor is going through a friend-divorce, when he tries to prove to his ex-best friend he is not the boring teenager he has accused him of being. A simple ‘skip class and hide out with some snacks’ becomes something much more when it backfires and his friend doesn’t turn up. Because then there’s time for Connor to stumble upon a trapdoor. And a girl. A girl who just wants him to go away. But since he’s already on a mission not to be boring, what harm could it do to insist she lets him check out the secret chamber under the school?
Seeing as though Connor has now inadvertently become involved in Sally’s secret mission, she reluctantly lets him tag along, just for a few hours. But they’ve woken up a God and are racing against time to discover where the rest of them are and how to keep them safe. When things really start to go pear shaped, Connor finds himself in an impossible, life changing situation. Right when his life has just started to look up, because he’s just met Locky.
Set in Australia, Monuments was such an original and fun book. I loved the dynamic between Connor and Locky and some of their conversations were downright hilarious. The story was fast paced and interesting – it actually packed a lot into its 280 pages! I loved the adventure style writing and the mythology that was woven in to it. There were some important themes addressed, such as changing friendships, sexuality and finding where you fit in the world.
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