This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Steampunk, Retelling, Historical, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy
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…
“Get your fingers off the table,” Oliver called from the other end. “You’re putting me off.”I raised my hands, and Mary tucked hers into her skirt, then looked over at me. A long, curled piece of auburn hair had come free of her plaits and was trailing down the back of her neck. “We can come here again and practice, if you like. Before the summer is over, you’ll trounce Oliver, I swear to it. You might even beat me.”The way she said it, like it was so obvious we’d keep seeing each other, felt strange and unfamiliar—we were still only a few weeks into our summer then, our friendship still sitting upon stilts. A part of me still believed Mary Godwin was a flighty thing that would wash back out to sea with the next storm. “Are we friends?” I asked her.At the other end of the table, Oliver glanced up from his shot, but he didn’t say anything. Mary arched an eyebrow at me. “That’s an odd question.”“I want to know.”“Yes. Of course we’re friends. Is that such a strange thing to you?”There was a sharp crack as Oliver took his shot and the balls scattered. I didn’t want to explain to Mary that she was the first person besides Oliver that I had ever gone places and done things with. The first person I’d ever told things about myself—real, true, secret things. Certainly the first person Oliver and I had let near us. I thought at first she might feel like a disruption, but instead she was beginning to feel like another side, an added dimension we hadn’t known we were missing until we met her.
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Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history 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. She currently lives in Boston, where she works as a bookseller and almost never reanimates corpses. Almost.
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