The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By: Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets…until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything—except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable—and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost… as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780525577973

JLG Release: Nov 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mild language
Topics: Characters in literature , Monsters , Scientists , Murder , Horror stories , Retellings of classics

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Awards & Honors

CPL Best Books, Teen Fiction - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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What if Victor Frankenstein’s beloved Elizabeth were not the angelic, guileless helpmate of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but a master manipulator, her every move calculated to maintain her precarious position in the (here dysfunctional) Frankenstein household? What if Victor were not the benign inventor who came to regret the creation of his mon What if Victor Frankenstein’s beloved Elizabeth were not the angelic, guileless helpmate of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but a master manipulator, her every move calculated to maintain her precarious position in the (here dysfunctional) Frankenstein household? What if Victor were not the benign inventor who came to regret the creation of his monster but instead a dangerous psychopath? In White’s novel, Victor considers Elizabeth his property, and his obsession with the reanimation of body parts is in service to his ultimate goal of keeping Elizabeth and himself alive forever. And what if Victor’s creation were no bitter monster bent on revenge but a kind and gentle being? (Or beings—the monster’s identity is one of this novel’s most brilliant conceits.) With Elizabeth as narrator and true protagonist, this electrifying re-visioning (re-animation?) of the classic horror tale explores themes such as power and powerlessness, freedom and captivity, feminism, friendship, and the nature of self. White here somehow reinvents Shelley’s story into something wholly new and original but also—even with all the role reversals and identity twists—sticks closely to Shelley’s plot. She even manages a redemptive ending—though this time it is for Elizabeth, not Victor. The prose is crisp and clean but with a definite Gothic flavor, recalling but not mimicking Shelley’s style. This novel indeed descends to “dark and hellish” depths, but captivated readers will avidly plumb them in the company of the complicated and compelling Elizabeth Frankenstein. martha v. parravano

Book Details

ISBN

9780525577973

First Release

November 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL720L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language

Topics

Characters in literature, Monsters, Scientists, Murder, Horror stories, Retellings of classics,

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