This monstrous thing

by Lee, Mackenzi,

Format: Print Book [2015]
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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A wildly creative Gothic fantasy retelling of Frankenstein, This Monstrous Thing is a wholly new reimagining of the classic novel by Mary Shelley and is perfect for fans of retellings such as Cinder by Marissa Meyer, fantasy by Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare, and alternative history by Scott Westerfeld.

In an alternative fantasy world where some men are made from clockwork parts and carriages are steam powered, Alasdair Finch, a young mechanic, does the unthinkable after his brother dies: he uses clockwork pieces to bring Oliver back from the dead.

But the resurrection does not go as planned, and Oliver returns more monster than man. Even worse, the novel Frankenstein is published and the townsfolk are determined to find the real-life doctor and his monster. With few places to turn for help, the dangers may ultimately bring the brothers together--or ruin them forever.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In an alternate, steampunk Geneva of 1818, clockwork men who have defied nature are reviled and hated by most. Becoming part metal is something done in secret, behind closed doors, by a group called the Shadow Boys. Alasdair's father, a toy maker by trade, is part of this underground culture, making custom arms and body parts on the sly. Little does he know that his son has used these same techniques to resurrect his brother, Oliver, who died two years earlier. Oliver is hidden away in a castle, lamenting his new life as a monster and the loss of Alasdair's ambitions. What makes it all the worse is that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has just been published, and every day, people are becoming deeply suspicious of the unnatural. The parallels between the two stories Shelley's tale and Oliver's life make for a very literary read, and those familiar with the original novel will likely be delighted by the parallels. In her debut, Lee has crafted an intriguing premise that will easily satisfy gothic horror and steampunk fans.--Comfort, Stacey Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lee's accomplished first novel envisions an early-19th-century Geneva where clockwork technology is common yet controversial. Alasdair Finch works for his father selling mechanical goods to well-to-do citizens while secretly fixing artificial body parts for those who have them, despite the attached social stigma so-called "mechanicals" suffer. Unbeknownst to his father, Alasdair has used clockwork technology to resurrect Oliver, his dead brother. Oliver looks and feels like a monster, so Alasdair keeps him hidden in a ruined castle outside the city. The only other person who knows of Oliver's existence is Mary Godwin-or, as history knows her, Mary Shelley. When an anonymous novel called Frankenstein appears, Alasdair is shocked to realize that it's about his family, and the book fans hatred in Geneva against mechanicals. Lee does a fine job of incorporating Shelley and her illustrious husband into her clockwork universe, which should especially please those familiar with Frankenstein and its author. The characters are suitably tormented, in accordance with Romantic tradition, and occasional language anachronisms ("It was a shitty choice") are only minor distractions. Ages 13-up. Agent: Rebecca Podos, Rees Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, -- 1797-1851. -- Frankenstein -- Fiction.
Cyborgs -- Fiction.
Dead -- Fiction.
Geneva, Lake (Switzerland and France) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Switzerland -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2015]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 371 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780062382771
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