Friday, February 21, 2014

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
2013, Viking Penguin

Synopsis: Love can be a real monster.

Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.

Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.

The Good: I really enjoyed this updated Frankenstein's monster tale, much more so than the original. I enjoyed how the Monster, Bride and Boy were portrayed, especially surrounded by other creatures of legend. The Show is a great setting and I even enjoyed Boy on-the-run, which I usually despise. Boys romances were both original and realistic in his world. The entire creation as creator plot was absolutely fantastic, well done and meaningful.

The Bad: I'm not sure I loved the ending. I felt it was risky and probably went against everything Boy had learned throughout the book. While a natural impulse, perhaps, it seemed like an unneeded addition to the story.

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