This book follows on from Frank Ford’s adventures, after he’s been appointed by an alien race to be the custodian of Earth.
(You can find my review of book 1 here if you want to get caught up.)
In the second book, our focus is taken away from Earth and onto other exciting planets. The gang is still the same collection of Frank’s friends (from what I can remember at least), but there’s a lot of new ones joining us along the way. At the same time there’s some romance, some bromance, some coming-of-age and a whole lot of action.
For the last review, I described Johnson’s writing as light-hearted. That’s very much still the case. It’s fun, it’s action-packed and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s pure badass sci-fi action.
I would perhaps liked if it was a bit more serious at times though. This might be me showing a preference toward a certain type of darker storyline, but I sometimes wished I felt like there was a little bit more at stake.
When it really matters though, Johnson has the ability to turn to a darker, more serious tone. The kind of tone endings are made of.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I’m intrigued to see where Frank’s adventures will take him.
And if you’re in the market for a fun, easy-going, almost super hero-like sci-fi series, then Monster of Earth is probably just the thing for you!