Staff Pick: Man Made Boy

I’ve come with another story based in classic literature! This time, we focus on one of the most famous monsters around, Frankenstein’s Monster. More accurately, the adventures of his son, Boy. In Man Made Boy, we follow Boy in this highly unique coming of age story. This is also a retelling of the original story, as Boy, instead of creating a human-like monster like his parents, creates a sentient computer virus named VI. Just like Victor Frankenstein, at first Boy shuns and abandons his creation after seeing how dangerous it is. But as he experiences humanity and the outside world, he learns a lot about himself and responsibility.

I always like seeing different authors’ takes on popular monsters, since Boy and his family are not the only monsters present. There are trolls, werewolves, vampires, and even a dragon just to name a few. I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. As much as I really enjoyed most aspects of it, some left me wanting a bit more. I feel like there wasn’t enough attention paid to VI. It was more about Boy learning about love and living with other humans and VI was only used to move the plot along at certain points. At the same time, I can see how that’s a bit realistic, as Boy runs from his problems as much as possible, only fixing it when there is no other choice. And although here was a loose end or two I felt should’ve been tied up at the end, I can honestly say Man Made Boy is a book I’d definitely recommend!

By Brandon B.

Man Made Boy

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