Title: This Monstrous Thing
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publication: September 22nd 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
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…
I received a digital review copy of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss for my participation in this blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
I have to be very honest with you about the fact that I’m not really familiar with Frankenstein’s premise. Given that this book is somewhat a retelling, I am intrigued with This Monstrous Thing take on the said novel.
This Monstrous Thing is not my kind of book if we are to speak of genres but with it’s writing style, vivid descriptions and world creation, I am utterly captivated.
And I surely did pick up some franken-trivia.
Alasdair is a Shadow Boy or a contraband mechanic that makes clockwork body parts for war veterans with missing limbs. When his brother Oliver died, Alasdair resurrects him by putting him back together by using clockwork and mechanical parts. With a society fearful and hateful of “mechanical” people, Oliver must remain hidden.
This Monstrous Thing is about many things, the conflicts weren’t only about Oliver and Alasdair and the publication of “Frankenstein” but also deals with socially relevant conflicts like politics, injustice and humanity.
Also, the characters in this book are full of… life? I mean the emotions are just so profound they felt real and believable.
Nonetheless, This Monstrous Thing is a book worth your time. I want it to sound good if I say that reading this book is like reading 2 books at the same time.
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