Monsters Born and Made

Monsters Born and Made

A BookRiot Must-Read South Asian Book of 2022

She grew up battling the monsters that live in the black seas, but it couldn't prepare her to face the cunning cruelty of the ruling elite.

Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Fable, this South Asian-inspired fantasy is a gripping debut about the power of the elite, the price of glory, and one girl's chance to change it all.

Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their lives each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. They have to, or else their family will starve.

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Monsters Born and Made
Written by: Tanvi Berwah
Narrated by: Deepa Samuel
Published by: Recorded Books

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"The South-Asian inspired setting is the true draw here... Koral is earnest and deeply well-intentioned... grim but compelling"

― The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Berwah builds excitement with her well-crafted characters and storyline. Her world building is superb, and masterfully weaves in elements of the South Asian caste system. This book will leave readers eagerly awaiting a sequel"

Youth Services Book Review (Starred Review)

"Berwah's worldbuilding is intense, depicting a cruel society in which the power-hungry elite are just as monstrous as the terrifying oceanic beasts...for dystopian fantasy fans seeking something fresh and savage"

― Kirkus

"Both a brilliant competition story about a girl facing down impossible obstacles and a skillful critique of the society that created them, Monsters Born and Made will leave you breathless and desperate for more."

― Vaishnavi Patel, New York Times bestselling author of Kaikeyi

"Berwah's YA debut thrusts readers into a chilling world where sea creatures aren't the only monsters to fear"

― Booklist