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Title: Division X
Author: August Hill
We all have a monster within… understatement of the year. For 24-year-old Randi Matheson, she quite literally does. On every full moon, it rears its hairy head. She wasn’t always like this. Ever since her attack, the animal comes out to play. And on one full moon, the beast inside tries to eat her younger brother.
Division X, a paramilitary group hellbent on the eradication of monsters, intervenes and saves Randi’s brother from being devoured. They take Randi far away and imprison her in a place no monster can escape. Held captive, Randi is given an ultimatum. Work for Division X as a new weapon in the fight against evil or be dissected. Without a real choice, she chooses the former and experiences the dark underbelly of reality as she faces off against vampires, demons, and redneck serial killers. Promised a cure to her condition along the way, Randi does her best to stay alive.
The monster killing business isn’t all it's cracked up to be.
She can’t tame the monster within so maybe she can use it to kill other monsters.
Classic horror is making a comeback and if you love monster fiction, this book is in a class all its own. With a nod to some horror legends, August Hill adds his own modern macabre flair.
Let’s talk about the characters first. Randi is a likable character and her POV drives this book. She shows the reader a view not often seen in horror, and it was a pleasure to read. Her vulnerability, especially in captivity, connected me to her. The monster hunters were a rowdy group of military-esque soldiers on a mission of eliminating the monsters roaming about by any means necessary.
The plot arcs in a few different directions, some I didn’t anticipate. The story moves at a fast pace with well-described scenes. The world-building is epic and made reading this story very enjoyable.
August Hill has written a horror story with depth. There are certain themes that are well portrayed. Sure, there are slasher elements but who doesn’t love that nowadays?
I’d recommend Division X to any horror fan. Perfect reading to get you in the spooky mood.
My Rating: 5 stars
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After receiving an education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, August Hill started writing Division X, a supernatural horror filled with dark humor, adventure, and sinister creatures that leap off the pages.
His love for all things spooky and scary was unleashed when he discovered Jurassic Park at four years old and the R. L. Stine Goosebumps collection in elementary school. He holds a huge appreciation for 80’s horror and is partial to fun, dark, and witty ensemble casting with younger heroes. Some of his favorite influences include The Lost Boys, Aliens, Gremlins, and An American Werewolf in London to name a few.
Hill’s knack for writing fiction emerged at an early age when he wrote stories for his own enjoyment. He is a collector of horror films and is a board game enthusiast. When not writing, he can be found walking trails with his dog, enjoying movie nights with friends, spending time playing video games, and camping in Maine.
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Reviewed by: Sam