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"Cole, 17, is an interesting main character caught in a web of deception and surrounded by threatening people and circumstances. One of the main themes of the book is Cole's mental health and his need to deal with sometimes crippling anxiety. There are times he can talk himself down, times he needs medication and times that the support from his friends help him cope. Robertson speaks from personal experience, and so his portrayal of Cole is filled with realism as well as understanding and empathy."
Highly Recommended. ****/4- Ann Ketcheson, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
" Robertson's knack for writing distinct teenage voices also provides important character development -- a tough requirement for the middle volume of any trilogy, in which plot resolution is usually minimal. The dialogue between Cole and his friends also uncovers the different ways in which folks grieve both those they've lost and the culture they've left behind. "
- Nyala Ali, Winnipeg Free Press
"... without spoiling the ending, readers need to be prepared for David A. Robertson's plot twist. A monster may be revealed, seemingly tying up a plot line, but Monsters closes out with a shock and a gasp that will have readers waiting for Book Three in the series, Ghosts, to learn how Cole, the Reckoner, is able to make peace for himself and Wounded Sky. Spring 2019 can't come soon enough."
- Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians
Featured on CBC Books' "The best Canadian YA and children's literature of 2018": https: //www.cbc.ca/books/the-best-canadian-ya-and-children-s-literature-of-the-year-1.4951038-- (12/18/2018)
Monsters was chosen by CBC Books for gift list, 13 books for the sci-fi and fantasy lover on your list ...https: //www.cbc.ca/books/13-books-for-the-sci-fi-and-fantasy-lover-on-your-list-1.4934135?cid=CBC+Books%3A+Dec.+18+newsletter-- (12/19/2018)
I previously reviewed David Robertson's "Strangers" the first book of [The] Reckoner series.
This book, "Monsters," is the second installment to his young adult series.
I absolutely love this author's "voice." His writing style is clear and precise and easy to enjoy. His word usage is mesmerizing and before you know it, you've read the whole book and want more. I love the imagery he conjures and the careful character development he uses to bring the reader into his MC's head and circumstances.
This is an author I plan on following and hopefully will interview in the future. He's an award winning writer for his book, "When We Were Alone" a book that won him the Governor General's Award; and, "Will I See?" This work won him the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category.
His writing about Indigenous Peoples in Canada illuminates their culture, histories, communities, and relevant contemporary issues. In this series, he approaches subjects about belonging, bullying, differences, acceptance and more.-- (10/31/2018)