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
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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.
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…
He looked over at me. “What is it?”
“Nothing. I just thought…well, you were gone so much. I hardly saw you.”
“We saw each other plenty.”
“When—when you’d come in in the middle of the night and have me wrap up your hands for you?” I scrubbed my hands through my hair. “I sort of thought you’d outgrown me. It felt like you had them and I had no one, and you were always leaving me and it got a bit…” I felt stupid suddenly for saying all that, and I would have stopped, but Oliver was staring at me very intently, like he was really listening in a way he hadn’t for a long while, so I swallowed and finished, “Got a bit lonely. I was lonely when you left me.”
Something changed in his face, just for a moment. He looked surprised. Perhaps he hadn’t thought about how it felt to be left behind.
“Hands off the table please,” Mary called as she slid the cue into place. “You’re putting me off.”
Oliver and I both raised our hands like a surrender, then he looked over at me again, right as Mary took her shot, sending a ball sailing into the pocket with a hollow clatter.
“Don’t be daft,” he said. “I’m not going to leave you.”
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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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