A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein re-imagines the classic tale from a female perspective. It raises questions about how the rights of women have changed over the centuries and whether science needs to be governed by morals.
Young women have the ability to work against the male repression that tries to hold them down.
Positive Role Models
Abused and abandoned as a child, Elizabeth Lavenza will do almost anything to remain a part of the Frankenstein household. She manipulates other people to make herself feel more secure. Eventually, she sees the error of her ways.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is more often implied than shown, but there's quite a lot of it. A young child is strangled to death, the accused culprit hanged. Elizabeth sets a house on fire. Showdowns with knives and pistols, leading to a stabbing and a shooting. Various body parts, some fresher than others, are strewn about.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Victor and Elizabeth are supposed to be a romantic couple, but their interactions are exceptionally chilly.
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"S--t," "piss," "ass," and "bitch" used up to a half-dozen times each.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kiersten White's The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a reimagining of Mary Shelley's classic tale of horror. It focuses on the female characters who people the original novel. There's a large amount of violence, more often implied than shown, that includes a strangling, a hanging, a shooting, and a stabbing. A small amount of swearing includes "s--t," "piss," "ass," and "bitch."
Is It Any Good?
Familiar tales can sometimes be reworked into something new and compelling, and this creepy retelling of a horror classic has intelligence and inventiveness to spare. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein does justice to its source, but with a modern, feminist sensibility. Author Kiersten White devises some shocking twists, keeping the suspense high on two different timelines. Reading the original book beforehand is recommended. The changes White makes to the story are more fascinating the more one knows where she started from.
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