Written in the style of Gothic horror, this novel seems to mash together the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. Being familiar with both, but not a student of either, I quite enjoyed Of Monsters and Madness, but I can understand how followers of either Poe or Stevenson might be outraged by the enormous liberties taken by the author. The last chapter is very bizarre, serving only to set readers up for a sequel. I will probably read the sequel, but I am honestly not looking forward to the plot if the last chapter is any indication.
Recommended for grades 7-12.