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Blurb (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 rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“Here I was touched by your sacrifice, and come to find out you’re still obsessed with Ingolstadt and studying with the man who killed me.”
This was an interesting YA retelling of Frankenstein, that was still a bit different to the original.
Alasdair was in a difficult position in this book; trying to hide the fact that he had reanimated his brother after his death, whilst continuing to be a son who didn’t live up to expectations put a real strain on him, and it was clear how much stress he was under!
The storyline in this was pretty good, with both Alasdair trying to work out what to do with his brother, whilst questioning who had written the newly published book ‘Frankenstein’, which seemed to be the story of what he had been through with his brother. I thought this was quite an interesting storyline, although it seemed a bit obvious who the author was ha ha! I also liked the steampunk touch to the novel.
There was a little smidgen of romance in this, but not a lot at all.
The ending to this was pretty good, and I thought that things were tied up quite nicely.
7 out of 10.