It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost–Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…
Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
- Adam is adorable. He’s so socially awkward and odd that you can’t help but fall in love with him. His cheesy grin and complete lack of sense of humor plus the baby bird-like way he follows Tor around is too cute. Absolutely swoon-worthy, much in the same way that R is in Warm Bodies.
- The twist is creepy incarnate. Seriously, appalling, disturbing, horror films wish they had that level of crazy.
- As a true retelling, it was spot on. The disquieting darkness and foreboding were there, the struggle with being a creator, the God complex Tor had, the obsessive fight to push her scientific discoveries, and the terror at what Adam was capable of were all part of the madness. There were some big gaps from the original Frankenstein, mainly the deep, philosophical questions and internal battles but other than that and the more sinister, poetic aspects of the monster, it was a fair spin-off Shelley.
- Tor is fascinating. Incredibly driven, a genius when it comes to science, and a little arrogant, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. At the same time, it’s like she has no emotions. She forgets that people are humans and not part of her experiments and in doing so comes off as a self-absorbed jerk sometimes. The way she treats Owen is pretty terrible. But there’s something about her that draws you in and makes you want to listen, to follow her on her insane adventures.
- Despite the fast start, after the first couple chapters the story drags and only picks up at the very end. The mundane school life was pretty boring and some days passed with clinched high school drama that the story would have been just as good without.
- The romance, if you could call it that, was kind of pointless and seemed to go nowhere. It only served to add more of that typical high school drama.
- Owen’s character was neglected. Other than being Tor’s sidekick, it felt like he had no purpose. He’s intelligent, crafty, clever, and one talented tinkering mechanic and yet, he only comes in when he’s being “useful” to Tor. I would have loved to see his true personality and a lot more of it. His lines are sarcastic at some points, and the slap in her face truth Tor needs to hear.
- One aspect truly bugged me. There’s a scene where one of the characters is given a *spoiler* date rape drug and it’s just shrugged off, like it’s her fault for being so stupid. I couldn’t get past that.
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NOTE: I’m using this for my contemporary twist on a classic in the 2016 YA Reading Challenge.