Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller

Destroy All Monsters

A crucial, genre-bending tale, equal parts Ned Vizzini and Patrick Ness, about the life-saving power of friendship.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 treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters . . . ...

Details Destroy All Monsters

TitleDestroy All Monsters
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Fantasy

Reviews Destroy All Monsters

  • ☘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 every...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Effing brilliant.
  • Giselle
    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...
  • 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.
  • Kathy
    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 ...
  • 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.
  • Liz Sheridan
    In his second YA book, Sam J. Miller returns to Hudson, NY to tell the linked stories of Ash and Solomon, two friends who share a strong bond, fallout from trauma, and of course, magic. The characters alternate 1st-person POV through the book, and while both narratives are wildly divergent---Ash is learning to cope with depression in the "real world" by taking prescribed medication; Solomon copes with trauma in a world his mind has constructed to...
  • Dominic
    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...
  • Kait Armada
    *I was given a free copy of this book to write an honest review.*I can’t shake this book off my skin. The longer I stew over it, the more I realize how amazing it is. My heart swells with joy and shrinks in pain at the same time. Ugh…I can’t decide if I need to cry or scream with joy.All I know is Miller must continue creating art. Like the Fountainhead, Destroy All Monsters stole my heart. I can’t put my finger on the reason why. Was it ...
  • Brooke
    “His smile was like the last gulp of air you take before diving under water, when you don’t know how soon you’ll be able to breathe again.”Trigger warnings: Mental illness and child molestation.Solomon and Ash are best friends, but after the traumatic incident happened that neither of them can remember, they’ve lived in two very different worlds. Solomon lives in Darkside, the world of dinosaurs, monsters, and magic, while Ash lives in ...
  • 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 sc...
  • Sam
    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 ch...
  • Rebecca
    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 f...
  • Just_ann_now
    What a gifted storyteller Miller is! He's skillfully melded magical realism, fantasy, and his own real-life experiences with bullying into an amazing story. Told in alternating pov's, by a delusional teenage boy and his real-life best friend, the fantastical and contemporary storylines intertwine into a stunning finish. If you have a teen in your life (or know a teen, or have ever been a teen), I highly recommend this. (Though I'm not as optimist...
  • Harper
    I’m bad at consistent ratings and I can’t decide if this is 4 or 5 stars but I’m giving it 5 because more people should read it. Also it messed me up goooood. Audiofile review to come.Severe mental illness(hallucinations/delusions/schizophrenia?), queer characters, fantasy/magical realism aspects(?), amazing Best Friend Feels. Big trigger warning for childhood sexual assault.
  • 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 po...
  • Teenage Reads
    Plot: Trigger Warning: Child MolestationAsh 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 t...
  • Mikayla
    3 stars.Wow, this is another one of those books that I just don't know how to feel about it. It reminds me a lot of when I read Borne--the setting and characters were memorable and had a ton of potential, but the story just didn't come together.Destroy All Monsters follows two protagonists in what I perceived as two parallel realities. Solomon's POV in the "otherside" which is full of domesticated monsters, people with otherworldly powers, etc. A...
  • Chris
    Destroy All Monsters, by Sam J. MillerAfter 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...
  • Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
    I liked the concept behind the story: that a childhood trauma affects a child’s perception on life. Solomon experiences such trauma and loses himself in a fantasy world of his own making. There were moments, however, when I read of his experience in this fantasy world that I was a bit lost in the story. Miller attempts to create a fantasy world but for me, as an avid fantasy reader, it fell a little flat. In addition, at times the link between ...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Read my eARC from EdelweissTW: 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 ...
  • Jen
    Life, in virtually any reality, is filled with magic and monsters, through it is generally tolerable and survivable with the help of some good friends in Sam J. Miller's Destroy All Monsters.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: friends Solomon and Ash experienced a traumatic event in Solomon's treehouse when they were twelve years old. Four years later, Solomon is living rough and p...
  • Sandra
    Solomon lives in a fantasy world; Ash in reality. Two friends trying to recover a traumatic memory when they were young...and the camera is important. Sam J. Miller is new to me and I am like his style. Multiple POV, telling the same story from different perspectives and he is not afraid to confront difficult issues. The fantasy element of Solomon’s world and his way of coping with the trauma is creative. What I didn’t like:Solomon’s story ...
  • Courtney Lavallee
    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 d...
  • Tarah Schaeffer
    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 teachi...
  • Eric St.denis
    This was an exceptional book. I haven't finished a book so quickly in a long time. From the very beginning the characters grab your attention and make it so that you just want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The way that Sam weaves the two separate realities together is nothing short of masterful. When it came to the events in the tree house I had never expected it to be so sinister as that.It wasn’t until I was a ways into the b...
  • Dawn Ferencz
    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)[ I think the ...
  • Les
    I didn't realize this was a YA book when I started it. While I normally don't read that genre, the story was intriguing enough that I wanted to see how it played out. While the melodrama seemed a bit excessive, the core story was good. I thought of several possible ways the book could end as I was reading it. Frankly, the actual ending was not one of the possibilities I though of, but it was also not terribly interesting.
  • Mikalyn
    This book was very strange. Even after finishing it I don't think I fully "get" it. I can't tell if it's mental illness, magical realism, or both. For the most part it was an enjoyable read, but it was just really confusing for majority of the storyline.