Hey fellow bookworms,
Today’s post is a book review, I know I haven’t been posting more reviews just because I’ve been on a reading slump as of of lately. But I think I am slightly getting out of it, I’ll be back to my reading groove soon enough.
Title: This Monstrous Thing
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Published: 22 September 2015
Pages: 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction, Young adult fiction, Literary fiction
This is a retelling of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. The setting of the story is primarily in Geneva, where we follow the main character Alasdair, during the 1800’s. This story takes place in time whereby damaged/injured humans are repaired with gears and sporting clockwork, but then these people are not entirely accepted as humans. Alasdair and his family secretly repairs and maintains these clockwork humans and Alasdair is a gifted mechanic.
Alasdair is faced with a situation, whereby he is required to do something out of the ordinary and he turns to a friend named Mary to help him complete the task. Two years later the anonymously written Frankenstein creates a stir, and Alasdair recognizes his own story in the book and is finding it hard to deal with the fact that he’s been betrayed by someone he trusted.
We follow him as he tries to find a better way to deal with this controversy and we get to see how it affects him and his family.
“If you say anything enough, even the truth, it starts to sound like a lie”
“You can’t make people the way you want them to be. Sometimes you just have to love them how they are.”
“We’re all monsters. We’re all careless and cruel in the end.”
“Not all monsters do monstrous things.”
“Perhaps we all said the right things at the wrong time; perhaps we couldn’t help it. Perhaps words became too heavy to haul, and the moment we let them loose was always the wrong one, but they needed to be free.”
This Monstrous Thing is a beautifully written retelling book with a science-fiction, historical-fiction and action packed elements. Please do share your thoughts in the comments section.
Until next time, God bless you.