Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Review: Man Made Boy

 photo manmadeboy.jpgMan Made Boy by Jon Skovron

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.

This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster - and a man. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

We first meet Boy at home, where he lives with his parents in a NYC theater. Working in a production called "The Show" with other legendary non-humans, this is the only life Boy has ever known. But Boy is restless and wants more out of life. Told of his parent's plan to ship him off to Geneva to attend college and live with the Frankenstein family, Boy is appalled and runs away.

At first, life is hard for someone with no ID and his "unusual" looks, but he finally finds a job and things start to look up. Things look up even more when the girl of his dreams runs away from The Show to join him! Then his luck turns when one of the computer programs he created goes viral (in a very bad way) and he has to go on the run again.

After a couple of old friends from The Show catch up with them, one of them takes girlfriend home while the other decides to show Boy that life on the road can be fun. Introducing him to the granddaughter of Jekyll and Hyde, the two (three?) of them set off on the adventure of a lifetime! 

Really enjoyed this story, and got a kick out of Frankenstein and his Bride making a son of their own! The Show made sense too, as legendary monsters do need a safe place in today's world. The discovery that there was more than one safe haven made sense too, and I liked how they differed.

Boy was a unique character and he really grew on me. A cross between a typical teenage boy obsessed with computers and the ultimate outsider, I really liked getting to know him and watching as he dealt with various challenges during his adventure. And I really liked the granddaughter(s), Claire and Sophie. For two people sharing the same body, they're both totally unique characters!

Skovron is a very talented author, who created a clever storyline that was well-paced, had interesting characters, and left me wanting more. Would love to see a sequel down the road so we can find out what happens next for Boy, his family & friends, and especially The Show!

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

1 comment:

  1. This does sound interesting. Definitely one I'll keep a look out for.