This Monstrous Thing Review

This Monstrous Thing

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

 

Title: This Monstrous Thing

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Song: Monster by Imagine Dragons

Published: September 22, 2015             # of Pages: 384

Date Started: December 31,2015          Date Ended: January 1,2016

Category: Fiction, Steampunk, Retelling

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Description:

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…”

Review:

First of all, THIS WAS MY OLD/NEW YEARS BOOK! I started it in 2015 and finished it in 2016. And let me tell you, it was completely worth it the year to complete it. {Get it? Because I finished it in 2016? Or not, okay I’ll laugh at my own joke.}

The whole idea of this story was a dark, steampunk, Victorian style retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was dark, mysterious and unique! I’ve never read anything like it before, and I loved every moment of it. And the plot, it was absolutely amazing! From the introduction with the resurrection of the creature, to the climax where war broke out, all the way to the conclusion where our creator vanished. The idea was amazing but I must say the Plot Twists where my favourite. It was intense and thrilling to read. Sure it could have been a wee bit better, but the rest of it was wonderful.

The characters where honestly my favourite part of this story. Alasdair Finch is our Protagonist and male lead. He is known as the Creator of Life, since he brought his brother back to life. {Hopefully not a Spoiler since it is based off of FRANKENSTEIN} Slightly maddened and secretive, Ally {Alasdair} was quite the hero. Even if it didn’t seem like it at first. Then there was Oliver. Alasdair’s brother, best friend, experiment, and lastly, Monster. He was brave and courageous and didn’t care about much, that is up until his death. Now he listens to Alasdair to know everything he needs. But when his memories start coming back it threatens Alasdair and his secrets that he wants to keep hidden. But will he risk it all to keep it hidden? Or will he tell it to save the ones he loves most.

Then there are our supporting characters, Mary Shelley {Who could also be the Female Lead in a way}, Clémence, and finally Dr. Geisler. Mary was the friend of Alasdair and Oliver before the incident happened. Also the author of Frankenstein in the book/real life. Then Clémence was the girl who assisted Alasdair while being half machine half human. While being the help for Dr. Geisler. Dr. Geisler is the man behind the plans to resurrect men. But sadly he was never able to complete finished it. There where problems in his work that only Alasdair was able to fix. All of these characters added to the story and without them, the story wouldn’t be the same.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this story. Everything about it was fantastic and I wouldn’t change it. Plus, the whole retelling of Frankenstein was pretty cool, badass even. And I loved it.

Congratulations Mackenzi Lee on a brilliant retelling of a well known classic, Frankenstein.

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