Review From User :
"Don't tell me we might not make it to Red Hill. I won't accept that."
Jamie McGuire has done it again. Among Monsters is the companion novella to Red Hill, and it is absolutely wonderful. While she is best known for romance novels, I personally feel that Red Hill and Among Monsters is her best work. In Red Hill, we met Scarlett, a divorced mother who is forced to live for months and months during the zombie apocalypse not knowing where her two young daughters are or if they have survived. If you've read Red Hill then you know how this ends, but you don't know the whole story. We finally get to hear 13 year old Jenna's side.
I loved Jenna. Her emotions and reactions to the horrors around her were real and honest. At 13, it can be hard enough to navigate the world and figure out who you are becoming. It is a hundred times harder when the world is coming to an end your 7 year old sisters survival is completely dependent on you. Her will and determination to fulfill her promise to her mother and her sister are what keep Jenna going when it would have been so much easier to give up.
I think the tension was even higher in this telling of the journey to Red Hill. There were so many close calls. The girls were so close to their mother, yet so far away. I think I appreciated this POV so much more because I already knew who was waiting on the other side. This story is absolutely brilliant in the fact that I already knew the ending, yet I sat and read the entire thing in one sitting.
5 amazing stars! (No drink, the kids only 13!) Enjoy!
Being thirteen has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.
Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad’s weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad’s wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.
Among Monsters is the companion novella to Red Hill, both exploring from different perspectives what many broken families experience every other weekend: What if your children aren’t with you when the world ends? What would you do to get to them? What would they go through to get to you?
For Jenna, seeing her mother again is worth everything. Determined to keep her promise, she is faced with experiences and decisions that force her to leave her childhood behind.