Paging Dr. Frankenstien: YOUNG ADULT STYLE

Frankenstein, although popularized in films many years ago was originally created by Mary Shelley, who was only 21 years old when her masterpiece was published in 1818. The daughter of a prominent feminist, she centered her plot around an arrogant doctor, Victor Frankenstein,  who dared to play God by creating human life but refusing to take responsibility for it. A most fascinating story, ahead of it's time and It is no wonder that many years later we are still enthralled with this character and the pathos generated towards the "monster" that he created. 

Recently I have noted that Dr. Frankenstein is making a comeback with several YA novels. This trend began last year with THIS DARK ENDEAVOR by Kenneth Oppel a novel that is  beautifully written as it is romantically dark and wicked. It's sequel, SUCH WICKED INTENT is due out in book stores next month, along with MONSTER by Dave Zeltserman. Then early next year Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn. I always enjoy a story seeped in Gothic creepiness so I am most excited for these upcoming novels. I just may have to leave the lights on.

SUCH WICKED INTENT: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 
The Dark Endeavor Chronicles, Book Two
by Kenneth Oppel
ISBN-13: 978-1442403185
Simon & Schuster BYR, 320 pages. 
When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again—just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed.

If only these things were not so tempting.

When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor's twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

by Dave Zeltserman
ISBN-13: 978-1590208601
Overlook Hardcover, 224 pages.

In nineteenth-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved . . . until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime. Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge --only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains. Paranormal and gripping in the tradition of the best work of Stephen King and Justin Cronin, Monster is a gruesome parable of control and vengeance, and an ingenious tribute to one of literature's greatest.

by Suzanne Weyn
ISBN-13: 978-0545425339
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
A new generation is creating a monster.... 

Doctor Victor Frankenstein's previously unacknowledged beautiful, intelligent twin daughters (from an early marriage when he was a student) have come to Frankenstein's Castle to claim it as their inheritance. 

 Shortly thereafter they learn that a serial killer is on the loose. They try to ignore this -- Gretchen takes up her father's work, while Ingrid throws lavish parties. Gretchen and Ingrid form a love triangle with a young naval officer with a debilitating disease. Though he loves Ingrid, he agrees to work with Gretchen on a series of body transplants that improve his condition. Before long he is even walking without his cane. He does not know that the science that is helping him is the science of death itself . . . 

A twisted, macabre journey of romance and horror.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post.
    One of the best things I've learnt today that Frankenstein can have a YA touch. Thanks.


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