Friday, March 4, 2016

This Monstrous Thing By Mackenzi Lee|Review

This Monstrous Thing
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 22nd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Hardback

In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits. His brother, Oliver—dead. His sweetheart, Mary—gone. His chance to break free of Geneva—lost. Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead. But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship. Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

My Thoughts

A fresh, unique take on an ageless classic. I could not put this book down! Every spare second that I had went into reading this book! The well-developed characters truly made the story that fantastic thing that it is. Through hardships, pain, and sorrow, each character thoroughly drives the plot in their own unique ways. Struggling to face his fears and past, Alasdair, is pushed to his limits. It is clear the choices that he must make will not only affect his life but the people that he holds most dear. Clever and strong-hearted, Alasdair's determination empowers him to stand up for his brother and the clockwork people just like him. Mackenzi Lee's writing to truly amazing. Her words flow effortlessly with such emotion that keeps your eyes glue to the page. I admire her cleverness by integrating the actual tale of Frankenstein into the story , along with Mary Shelley. I love the Victorian era and steampunk and to see it all come together in this fantastic story makes it one of my favorite novels. I highly suggest reading this book!

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