Saturday, December 19, 2015

Week 51 Review: This Monstrous Thing

From Goodreads:
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 Review:
I really enjoyed this book! It was dark and creepy, and it was really enjoyable! So great, and I really enjoyed this retelling of Frankenstein, but with the author, Mary Shelley, as a character! That was really cool and different!

In this book, there's people with clockwork parts to replace the ones that they'd lost, and the Shadow Boys who make and maintain these people. And they are the minority, and really aren't liked by the majority. Which really sucks, because it's not a really great choice!

Then there was Alasdair, who's family has basically been Shadow Boys since he was very young, causing them to move from place to place to keep from being arrested. Which doesn't help when his older brother dies. We knew he was lying about Dr. Geisler killing Oliver since Alasdair told us, but it wasn't till the end that we were told.

I really enjoyed these characters,they were real, and different, like the girl that Dr. Geisler healed by giving her internal clockwork organs, and then basically made her a slave to pay him back. Yeah. They were really great and interesting people!

A bit of a sad ending, but a good one, and I enjoyed this book a whole ton!

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Read: December 13th, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded realy great, and it's a 2015 Retelling Reading Challenge, DAC Book, Historical Fiction 2015 Book, SAC 2015 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: September 22nd 2015
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

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