Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Review - Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten

I recently finished another book by this author, The Loch, and really enjoyed it. I was excited to read more. I picked up his first big hit, and soon realized he has grown as an author since then, a fact I was reminded of with each and every page.

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten is a suspense, mystery, monster hunt storyIt is available as an eBook, Audiobook, and one of those paper things your grandparents used to read.

The Good

Well-told Story. The author is a competent writer who knows who to tell a story. While it wasn't anything new or original, it was well told.

Science. This book presents some well described science about prehistoric animals, the bottom of the ocean, and how extinct species could still be around.

The Bad

Not Original. This story is one you've either seen, read, watched, or all of the above several times. It's your typical monster story that proceeds along the usual, expected route.

Unmemorable Characters. The characters weren't particularly memorable or likeable.

What I Would Like to Have Seen

I wish this story had offered something really cool, new, or unique like the Empire State Building in King Kong or the genetics of Jurassic World.


Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten is just another retelling of the classic monster story: Jaws, King Kong, Jurassic World, etc. but unlike those stories, this one didn't add anything new or unique. The book is competently written and well paced, but the story precedes how you expect it to and loses some of the suspense because of it. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 eReaders.


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