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This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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"Oppel’s novel is a gripping tale of undying devotion, mixing hope with foreboding."—The Horn Book in a STARRED review
“Oppel’s tale is melodramatic, exciting, disquieting…a delicious mix.”—Publisher’s Weekly in a STARRED review
"Brash, jealous, and arrogant, Victor is sweet relief from today’s introspective YA protagonists, and one can easily visualize how this teen becomes the mad genius of Shelley’s Frankenstein."--Booklist
"Oppel grapples with the human duality of animal and soul in ways that recall (but don’t repeat) Shelley’s similar thematic explorations as he revitalizes the classic horror tale for a new generation."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED review
“This Dark Endeavor may renew interest in Frankenstein, but it also stands alone as an original and welcome addition to the world of young-adult fiction.”—Kelley Armstrong, author of the Darkest Power series
"A dark and dramatic back story for Shelley’s tormented creator."--Kirkus Reviews
"Sharp readers will find allusions to Mary Shelley, her literary circle, and classic horror films; for those simply wanting a good story with plenty of action, this book will not disappoint."--School Library Journal
"The action and suspense begin on page one and let up very little in this excellent work of gothic science fiction."--VOYA
“Adventures do not come more thrilling, gorgeously written or absorbing than this.”
—The London Times
A London Times Best Children's Book of 2011:
"Kenneth Oppel's This Dark Endeavour is a captivating Gothic novel.... Books this good are for life, not just Christmas."
"This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel...is a brilliantly layered exploration of what made Victor Frankenstein the man he became.... Victor’s struggle to pit fraternal love against his baser emotions, particularly his animal attraction to their cousin Elizabeth, who loves Konrad, gives a compelling psychological edge to this richly imagined Gothic thriller.--The Telegraph
"Adventures do not come more thrilling, gorgeously written or absorbing than this."--London Times
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The author does an amazing job at achieving balance in a story that is at times gruesome and haunting, and sometimes just hold your breath, edge of your seat thrilling. Victor's narrative voice is strong and true, and the dialogue is masterfully done. Obsession lies at the root of this story and here we get an intriguing look at the genesis of one of the most famous obsessions in literature. Teens will be captivated by Victor's quest for the elixir of life and will willingly follow him anywhere in his attempt to save his brother. They will relate to Victor's love/hate relationship with his twin brother, and his jealousy over the beautiful Elizabeth.
Heart wrenching emotion, villainy, alchemy, and love all combine much as they did in Shelley's masterpiece to form a story that is a worthy prequel to a classic. This will appeal to young adults with a thirst for adventure, especially boys who will be quick to place themselves in Victor's shoes. Elizabeth is a strong character who will also broaden the appeal to young girls who enjoy period fiction. Give this one to fans of Yancey's The Monstrumologist. While it does not provide the monsters, it does provide a literary examination of the dark side of human nature perfect for those with a thirst to examine their own obsessions. Recommended.
I was hooked form the moment I started reading this book. Everything about it captured and held my attention. I really felt drawn to Victor, Elizabeth and Victor's brother Konrad. They're closeness, and imaginative adventures had me wishing I was there to accompany around their Chateau Frankenstein in the beautiful outskirts of Geneva. There's a rich history both with the family Chateau and the surrounding area that I devoured. I also really liked the Frankenstein family. Victor's parents are high class, outstanding citizens who are also quite liberal and well educated for their time. I should say it was uncommon for a women to be liberal, have a voice and be as well educated as his mother is. That intelligence is passed on to Victor.
What starts out as a quest to save his brother leads Victor down an enticing, darker road that many of taken and few have walked away from unscathed. It was so easy for me to sympathize with Victor's motives for doing what he does. He's a very passionate character, who will do anything to save his beloved brother from dying of a mysterious illness. One of the things I loved about the brothers is their bond and the way they balance each other. Konrad is the laid back, easy going brother who's slow to temper, unlike Victor. Victor is a complex character who's head strong, stubborn and very competitive.Read more ›
This Dark Endeavor does not blush at what Victor Frankenstein becomes but rather, it strives to embrace it. To guide the reader through the mind of young Frankenstein as he begins his journey through alchemy that will one day rule his life. I loved that Victor was a rash and sometimes arrogant young man. He knew that he was not as kind hearted as his twin but he also knew that it gave him passion. His connection and contrast with Konrad really helped to define why he was the way he was. He always felt Konrad the favorite, excelling at everything where Victor had to toil tirelessly just to keep up. There were many points in the novel where Victor would mention not liking something but since heis brother didn't complain, it kept him in check.
Young Elizabeth was a nice balance of the twins. She was very religious and had a sweet temperment but something dark and passionate lurked underneath. Depending on which brother she was with, her different personalities would come out. Konrad brought the good out of her while Victor brought the fierceness, the passion and sometimes the recklessness.
The adventure and mounting tension was excuted amazingly. Each task the gang was forced to undertake was more treacherous than the last and added to the rising tension.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Dark Endeavor is a fun, Gothic read, a sort of prequel to Shelley's Frankenstein. This is the story of Victor Frankenstein as a teen and his twin brother, Konrad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Coreena McBurnie
Frankenstein is one of my favorite books and this story is about Victor Frankenstein as a young man, when he still lived with his stern, wealthy parents and a twin brother, Conrad,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine Harbour
Prior to reading This Dark Endeavor, my only knowledge of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein came from watching Frankenweenie and Young Frankenstein. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angela's Library
I'm so glad Alyssa got me this book for All Hallow's Read because I had been curious about it for quite a while! The Apprenticeship of VIctor Frankenstein?! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brittany
This book was great. It has the same dark appeal as Frankenstein, but for a slightly younger audience. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kallen Parker
At first, I hated this book. It was boring, annoying, and I felt that there was no plot. But there actually is. I was half way through when I decided to start it over. Read morePublished 18 months ago by NoaEliana
THIS DARK ENDEAVOR - Kenneth Oppel
Twins Victor & Konrad Frankenstein, and their cousin Elizabeth Lavenza have been inseparable since they were young. Read more
tde was spectacular !!! i loved the whole prequel to Frankenstein soooooooo cooooool. the romance for me was tainted. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pen Name
I knew that I was going to love this book before I even read it, because of the fact that it is a sort of prequel about Victor Frankenstein. It has lovely scenery and settings. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Distant Dweller