Monsters Born and Made (EXCERPT)
by Tanvi Berwah
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Pub Date 06 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2023
**THIS IS A 6 CHAPTER EXCERPT NOT THE ENTIRE EBOOK**
Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and These Violent Delights, this South Asian-inspired fantasy is a gripping debut about the power of the elite, the price of glory, and one girl's chance to change it all.
Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their lives each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. They have to, or else their family will starve.
In an oceanic world swarming with vicious beasts, the Landers―the ruling elite, have indentured Koral's family to provide the maristags for the Glory Race, a deadly chariot tournament reserved for the upper class. The winning contender receives gold and glory. The others―if they're lucky―survive.
When the last maristag of the year escapes and Koral has no new maristag to sell, her family's financial situation takes a turn for the worse and they can't afford medicine for her chronically ill little sister. Koral's only choice is to do what no one in the world has ever dared: cheat her way into the Glory Race.
But every step of the way is unpredictable as Koral races against contenders―including her ex-boyfriend―who have trained for this their whole lives and who have no intention of letting a low-caste girl steal their glory. When a rebellion rises and rogues attack Koral to try and force her to drop out, she must choose―her life or her sister's―before the whole island burns.
🌗Golden Boy x Pariah
"An exhilarating race of willpower and defiance, set on an utterly unique world filled with glorious monsters." ― Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Iron Widow
"Monsters Born and Made takes well-beloved YA tropes and turns them on their heads, creating an action-packed rallying cry against oppression and a riveting tale of one girl's desperation to survive no matter the odds." ― Roseanne A. Brown, New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
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this excerpt of monsters born and made is enthralling and super captivating.
i was completely drawn in from the first page on and inhaled the preview chapters in less than an hour.
what i*ve seen for now is incredible as a debut book!
ever since i first read the summary of this book i knew i had to read it someday.
exes to rivals, a dystopian setting and a chariot?
that's my favorite type of story. (i blame that on my juvenile love for series like the hunger games and divergent)
after reading the introduction to monsters born and made i can safely say - the parallel drawn to those bestselling series are definitely justified.
in the book we follow koral, a girl living on the island of sollonia, one of 10 islands on a planet that is almost entirely covered by hostile, hazardous seas full of terrifying creatures.
on this planet, society is divided into two classes. the landers and the renters. koral and her brother emrik, are so called hunters, belonging to the lower class of the renters.
to sustain their family and ensure the safety and health of their sick little sister liria, they hunt precious maristags, sea creatures that are bred for the hunters use in an event called "glory race". essentially this glory race is a elite event, arranged purely for the entertainment of the rich.
when they miss out on the last hunting season and subsequently don't make enough money to get their sister's vital medicine, koral decides to enlist in the glory race with the last maristag in their stable. despite her chances being close to zero as a hunter slash renter she manages to get in. what happens to her you may ask? you'll have to find out yourself!
what i loved most about this story excerpt was that, as a reader, i felt immediately immersed into this new world. the plot flowed super nicely and was perfectly paced. each character is already (after like 80 pages) well fleshed out.
i'm super excited to see how the author is going to deal with themes like marginalization, caste-ism and political conflicts. as you can maybe already tell, i'm literally dying to read the rest of the book. i can't wait to find out how koral will perform in the glory race and how her story will end. i've already grown so fond of her!