Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

bookshelves: e-book, giftee, winter-20142015, north-americas, detroit, published-2014, newtome-author, art-forms, boo-scary, young-adult, recreational-drugs, recreational-homicide

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Jeanette (jema)
Read from September 23 to December 19, 2014

Description: Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies, but this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused. The cops nickname him “Bambi,” but as stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you’re Detective Versado’s over-achieving teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you are the disgraced journalist, Jonno, you do whatever it takes to investigate what may become the most heinous crime story in memory. If you’re Thomas Keen, you’ll do what you can to keep clean, keep your head down, and try to help the broken and possibly visionary artist obsessed with setting loose The Dream, tearing reality, assembling the city anew.

If Lauren Beukes’s internationally best-selling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is the genre-redefining thriller about the horror of our city’s future.

Opening quote:

I dreamed about a boy with springs for feet so he could jump high. So high I couldn’t catch him. But I did catch him. But then he wouldn’t get up again.I tried so hard. I got him new feet. I made him something beautiful. More beautiful than you could imagine.But he wouldn’t get up. And the door wouldn’t open.

Opening: The body. The-body-the-body-the-body, she thinks. Words lose their meaning when you repeat them. So do bodies, even in all their variations. Dead is dead. It’s only the hows and whys that vary. Tick them off: Exposure. Gunshot. Stabbing. Bludgeoning with a blunt instrument, sharp instrument, no instrument at all when bare knuckles will do. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. It’s Murder Bingo! But even violence has its creative limits.

I am not the target audience for this YA street-talk writing style. Words emphasized in italics such as Yoo-neeq. A horrific storyline should surely be able to nod in the direction of literature and artistic depth; look at Cormac McCarthy, Murukami or Fowles. Maybe the story will transport … let me look further.

“Scoot your furry butt!”


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