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…
The address Mary gave us was a half of an hour’s walk from our flat—most of it done in driving rain—then another quarter of an hour while the two of us walked circles around the block, trying to decide where we were actually meant to be meeting her because, at the house number she’d given us sat a seedy lodge with green-glass windows and snooker balls clattering from inside. It wasn’t until Oliver spotted Mary standing in the doorway, waving us over, that we realized that Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, had indeed invited us to a billiard hall.
“We thought we were in the wrong place,” I explained as the three of us stood at the bar waiting for cues, Oliver and I near ankle deep in a puddle as our wet clothes dripped onto the floor rippled by the heat. The room was stifling.
Mary, who had a folding umbrella and a very innocent look, asked, “Why’s that?”
Oliver let out a breathy laugh. “Do you really not know?”
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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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