GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS By Greg Keyes
Titan Books, s/b, £7.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
The official novelisation of the Legendary Pictures film “Godzilla King of the Monsters” takes the reader on a thrilling journey through an apocalyptic world as monsters battle monsters for dominance, and humans just try not to get wiped out in the process. In the previous film, the world became aware of Godzilla as he wrought mass destruction fighting MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) to save the world.
This book further widens the world of Godzilla, introducing other so-called “Titans” – many of which will be familiar to fans of the original Japanese films, such as Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidora. The cryptozoological agency Monarch is pitted against eco-terrorists that have been awakening the Titans from their millennia-long slumber, racing to save the planet from absolute destruction at the hands of King Ghidora and the other Titans.
I’ll be honest and admit I’ve not seen any of the recent Godzilla films, or even the originals. However, as a young boy, I did watch the Godzilla cartoons and enjoyed those! That didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this novelisation though. The action flows thick and fast, and the Titans are brought to life on the page through Keyes’ excellent writing. He captures the human story well – with the world crumbling around them, scientists Mark and Emma Russell try to patch up their relationship for the sake of their daughter Maddie and the world as well. Keyes sympathetically depicts the struggle between divorced parents and the conflict in the heart of their daughter as she seeks to please both, and even manages to build a little empathy for the cold-hearted eco-terrorist that seeks the annihilation of the human race.