Author(s): Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Published: August 21, 2012
Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library and 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, they 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.
Number of Days It Took to Read: 2
Cover: Love the cover. The title is loaded with everything wicked (see what I did there?) that it’s nice to see it juxtaposed with the almost innocent image…as though there’s something secretive passing between the two individuals…
The Writing Score: 5 out of 5
Recommendation: A Must Read
Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable
Rating: 5 out of 5
This was such an amazing book and it exceeded all of my expectations after a long wait after the first book, This Dark Endeavour.
Oppel wrote a Young Adult novel with substance, magnificent writing and the power to peak reader’s interest on every single chapter. The characters were fleshed out even more in this book as well as grown into more confident, more passionate and far darker individuals. I love that I can love and hate every single character at different moments in the book (not Henry though…I always love Henry) and that I’m so invested to the point where I’m constantly screaming at them to make different choices. It truly felt like a watching a horror movie in that way and the fact that it was creepy.
I can also see Victor slowly become the man he needs to be in order to create the infamous monster and the little clues that get dropped throughout (especially at the end) elude to that (since I haven’t actually read Frankenstein, I’m sure that there are even MORE clues) . The pacing was perfect and I didn’t feel like there were any unnecessary scenes or chapters. From the way it ended, it could either be that this will be the last book of the series or that a third book is on it’s way…and I’m really hoping for a third book.
Oppel made the story of Frankenstein fresh again and I’m sure Mary Shelley would been delighted to have someone compliment her story so well…
A. A. Omer
The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.