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This Monstrous Thing by [Mackenzi Lee]

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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.

Heartbroken 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. . . .

Inspired by Mary Shelley's classic novel, Mackenzi Lee's dark yet redemptive debut is part fantasy, part Gothic horror, and ultimately the story of two brothers who might just keep each other human.

--Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter series --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Review

In her debut, Lee has crafted an intriguing premise that will easily satisfy gothic horror and steampunk fans.--Booklist

Lee's accomplished first novel envisions an early-19th-century Geneva where clockwork technology is common yet controversial.--
Publishers Weekly

The old and new are woven together in language and theme creating a solid tale that explores what it means to be human. Part homage to a sci-fi original, part re-imagining, plenty of teen torment and trouble--an absorbing read.--
Kirkus Reviews

Mackenzi Lee's This Monstrous Thing is simply beautiful. It pulses with electricity, mystery, and heart and brings to life one of my all time favorite tales with an unexpected twist.--Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise

Retellings of classics can be hit-or-miss undertakings, but in Lee's masterful prose, this macabre novel is charged with unmistakable signs of life.--The Horn Book

Richly imagined and ingeniously plotted, this version incorporates quotations from Shelley's text while updating the perennial questions of the original regarding how far is too far when it comes to meddling in the affairs of life and death.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The adeptly paced and well-written story reveals the troubled relationship between two brothers and how their choices can either destroy or make them stronger. Full of action, mystery, and suspense, this reimagined classic will not disappoint readers of gothic, steampunk, and historical fiction. A satisfying tribute to Shelley's monster tale.--School Library Journal

A compelling and brave retelling of the first science fiction novel. A secret history, a love story, something both old and new.--Scott Westerfeld, author of Zeroes and Uglies

A richly imagined tale of two brothers and a dark science that twists everything I thought I knew about Frankenstein. A monstrously good read!--Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter series
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00RLV2JC8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (22 September 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2165 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0062382772
  • Customer Reviews:
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Mackenzi Lee earned a BA in history (in the middle of which she took her own grand tour of Europe) and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. You can spot her on Twitter @themackenzilee, where she curates a weekly story time about badass women from history you probably don't know about but should. She currently calls Boston home.

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