High School Horror # 1
Source: Netgalley e-ARC
I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost–Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…
Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.
I’ve never read Frankenstein. Actually, it is on my list of books to read for the Classics challenge I am participating in in 2016. But since it is one of the most famous novels ever written, of course I know the gist of the story. Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates a “monster”, who everyone always labels as Frankenstein. I’m not sure if in the book he brings together a bunch of different body parts from different dead people or just brings back a dead body back to life, but Teen Frankenstein has a bit of both.
Victor is now Victoria, or Tor Frankenstein. She is extremely smart, something that separates her from the majority of her podunk Texas (? I think) town. She and her friend Owen have been experimenting on animals, trying to use electricity to bring them back to life, but nothing seems to be working. Then one rainy night, Victoria hits a boy with her car and he dies. Instead of doing the normal thing, and you know, calling for help and explaining what happened, she has the brilliant idea that maybe the reason the experiments were failing is because the subjects were too small! She decides that the newly dead boy is the perfect new specimen. And it works.
But he has no memory of his previous life, no ability to feel pain, and what seems to be the mental capacity of a toddler…So they decide to name him Adam and enroll him in high school the very next day. I’m not even going to go into how crazy I think this whole beginning is. I mean, beyond the fact that she killed someone, covered the crime up and stole a corpse, she then decides it will be a good idea to enroll it in high school??? I get that she needs to see if her experiment can succeed in assimilating into society, but the very next day??? But fine. I’ll look past that. Suspension of belief and all that.
Adam, who again, has the ability to talk, and walk and even play football, is extremely child like, but of course, everyone loves him. He joins the football team, gets a girlfriend and makes friends, all to the delight of Tor, his creator. And then boys start being murdered all over the town and people are pointing fingers at the new kid and Tor doesn’t know what to think.
I am having such a hard time writing an actual review of this book. The plot was pretty basic and the murder mystery was pretty bland. It wasn’t a bad book; I did enjoy reading it and I did end up giving it 3 stars. I’m just having a hard time putting my thoughts into words. So instead of even trying to write an actual review, I’ll focus on Tor.
Before I get to Tor, however, I have to mention her best friend, Owen. Owen was the saving grace of this book. He was hilarious and without him there would have been no one around to humanize Tor. The only reason I even considered liking her was because of her relationship with Owen.
The entire time I was reading this book I kept going back and forth about whether I liked Tor or not. What I liked most about her was her sense of humor. I love a good, sarcastic dry humor. But there was always something that kept me from liking her. You might think it was how judgemental she was and how she thought she was better than everybody, but honestly that didn’t even bother me that much. I think it was the way that she continuously referred to Adam as hers or as the “experiment”, or how she kept forgetting that she had KILLED someone and that’s why she had this new “experiment” and that he was once an actual human being. That he might still in fact be an actual, human being, only a bit living challenged. And that ending. It wasn’t a cliffhanger exactly, and it was pretty great. It definitely cemented every feeling I had about Tor. I can’t tell you though. Spoilers.
All in all, it was an interesting book and I think it was a pretty good introduction into Frankenstein. I do plan on continuing with the series, although it’s not a real series, but more of a bunch of companion novels. I’m guessing they will be other modern day retellings of classic horror stories.