I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Published by HarperCollins on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Europe, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Siblings, steampunk, Young Adult
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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 have only read one retelling of frankenstein or at least when Dr. Frankenstein was a young man. The Monstrous Things is a retelling but done in such a different way that I found it fascinating and so interesting. I honestly loved the story however I wasn’t a fan of the Main Character. I had a hard time telling what actual age he was, I believe he was meant to be 17 but for some reason he came across to me as a 14 year old.
What I loved and did’t love;
- The characters were ok, even with my issues with his age I found them to be interesting and really liked Clemence
- The story is enjoyable but it starts off rather slow, I think I was expecting a retelling of Frankenstein but that isn’t what I got. It was a retelling but just done very different.
- I wasn’t expecting Steampunk in this book however Alasdair was a Shadow Boy, these are people who help people who have lost a limb or had an injury in a war, they fix them with cogs and machinery inside the body. Of course there are a few people who think that the Shadow Boys are trying to be like god and they want all clockwork type people put away or killed.
- When I realized what the story was about it really came together for me and made a lot more sense because I was looking for a certain retelling but what I got was something so unique, I loved it.
The Monstrous Things is a fantastic book, even with a few slow parts and my disconnect with Alasdair it still was a very good read. I recommend for Teens and adults, I really think you will be surprised at how this retelling is done.
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