Pet is here to hunt a monster.
Are you brave enough to look?
There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
This was such a different read, and honestly such a different book! It definitely swings more toward the younger side of the YA spectrum, which is fine!
The town of Lucille has been without monsters for years. They were all taken care of by the angels in the uprising. Or so everyone thinks.
Jam is a sweet, transgender main character (who I could 100% believe to be on the autism spectrum, as well) who accidentally brings her mother Bitter’s paintings to life. And it’s not a sweet painting, either. Pet is what we would consider monstrous, but in a biblical sense, it’s angelic (hence why every angel starts with “be not afraid”, because they were SCARY). Her best friend, Redemption, is a fighter who doesn’t keep violence in his heart.
When Pet says that it’s hunting a monster, no one wants to believe it. No, all the monsters-the corrupt, the cruel, the evil-are all gone. Send Pet back to its home, please and thank you.
Pet is right.
This story is short, but also so thought-provoking. What would a world without evil look like? What would have to happen for all the “bad guys” to go away?
An interesting read for sure, I give Pet 4 out of 5 razors. Thank you to NetGalley and Make Me A World for providing a copy in exchange for review.