Ben Horton was born in Buckinghamshire, grew up in Norfolk, went to university in Cambridge and now lives in London. When not writing, Ben runs a theatre company, enjoys cooking and watching films like Batman and X-Men.
What he finds most interesting about Cameron, the central character in Monster Republic, is not that Cameron turns out to be a hero, but how close he comes to becoming a villain by turning his back on people who need him.
An explosion in a nuclear power plant. Kids patched up with scavenged body parts and bionic implants. A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. 'No', whispered Cameron to the monster in the glass. And he watched it shaking its hideous head. 'That's not me. You're not me'.
"Monster Republic is a book with a beating heart (even if it’s a heart wired up to the electrics). Cameron’s just a normal teen and that’s what’ll stick with you until the very last page (by which time you’ll be desperate for book two... yes, did I mention... this is book one in a series!). Verdict: A fast-paced, exciting read for people who like books, people who don’t like books, people who like film, people who don’t like film, boys, girls, people who breathe oxygen... you get the idea."