Twenty-four years old, no job, and kicked out by her parents, Randi Matheson is living at her aunt and uncle’s trying her hardest to complete a novel she can’t seem to start when a carnivorous monster interrupts her middling life on a full moon night. Attacked during an ordinary family dinner, Randi’s relatives are murdered, and she is bitten by the beast. Surviving the slaughter, Randi returns home to her distressed family only to become a monster herself under the next full moon. Nearly devouring her younger brother, she is stopped by the intervention of Division X, a company devoted to the killing and capture of paranormal threats. She awakens in a containment cell the next morning to be given an ultimatum… work for them as a new weapon in the fight against evil or be dissected. A cure to her lycanthropy is promised along the way, and with real motivation to stay alive, Randi pushes herself to the brink to return to her normal life. Small town horrors lie in wait with even smaller heroes to stand against them. Can Randi save them and herself, or will everything crumble to the wills of evil?
Division X by August Hill is as suspenseful as a Stephen King novel. There is the blood, gore, and danger that comes with the territory. I can feel the dark atmosphere engulfing me as I read further into the book. The pages are full of great details. The characters pop off the pages, and I find myself transported into the fictional world August Hill has created. It’s dark, edgy, and intense. There is much at stake and the risks are high. I love how an ordinary girl and her family life are ruined by a monster. One that destroys her family and normal life. Once bitten she is no longer the same girl. She clings to freedom and being free of the beast she has become. But there is no longer just herself to worry about…the novel keeps getting more interesting. The dialogue and settings were fun to follow. August Hill has a way of writing that pulls the reader into the novel. I felt like I was inside a movie and following behind the characters as events occurred. Overall, Division X is a recommended read for fans of Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Sandra Brown.