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Publisher Description

Mary Shelley (then Godwin) and Percy Bysshe Shelley were visiting their friend Lord Byron in Geneva one rainy summer. With the weather against them, they decided to spend their time writing ghost stories for each other. Frankenstein is Mary Shelley’s submission to their contest, later published anonymously in 1818.

Victor Frankenstein, a strange but brilliant scientist, discovers a method of imparting life to inanimate matter. The Monster is thus born: a hideous, 8-foot-tall creature of muscle, speed, and intellect. Frankenstein’s rejection of his appalling creation sends it into a spiral of despair, and Frankenstein’s life is never the same.

Considered by many to be the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein is a powerful narrative that explores complex themes of belonging, morality, and the consequences of the power over life and death.

50 Reviews

Expressionless Face“I am obsessed with the themes, questions, and lasting cultural impact of this book. However, the book itself can be enormously irritating at times, because it largely focuses on the less interesting (in my opinion) aspects of the story. I wish it had more of the psychological aspects of the monster, Frankenstein, and especially their relationship to each other. I love that Shelley wrote this book and started this movement, but man I’m curious about different things from her!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDark settingComing of age
Loudly Crying Face“although a little tedious and long-winded at parts, it’s all worth it for the beauty of the monster’s story. i was completely enthralled by his sorrow and how masterfully written most of the book was.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenBeautiful settingHeartbreaking
Thumbs Up““ you throw a torch in a pile of buildings, and when they are consume, you sit among the ruins, and lament the fall.” 👏🏻”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writing
Anxious Face with sweat“absolutely loved it. emphasized with the monster, his story broke me, although i do not think killing a child couldve been an easy task if he really was so emotional and love deprived. human cruelty was shown so beautifully in here. I wouldnt call victor the real monster as many say, because the amount of regret he had felt and agony he endured, it is clear he had a better purpose, he wanted to do something for humanity but it backfired. word limit gone i'll just say worth the time <3”
Colorful personalitiesConciseHeartbreakingDark settingMeaningful
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I am in shock - and to think this masterpiece was written on a bet. I loved every aspect and will be rereading it for years to come :)”
Reviewed in:Literary Library
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenLyricalPoeticAction-packedAddictiveBeautiful settingDark settingHaunting

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