I am happy to report that Susan Heyboer O'Keefe pulls it off! She manages to keep the tone and underlying romance of Frankenstein, sounding like Mary Shelley, but with a modern visual design that provides a new clarity and earnest love for the classsic "monster". Told nearly entirely in the journal of the creature, who comes to take the name Victor Hartman (you'll have to read to see how and why, but it is a worthy trip to discovery), his endless persuit by Captain Robert Walton - yes the same who was told the first tale by Frankenstein himself, his need for love and companionship, his uncontrollable rages, and his constant need to discover if he is man, animal or neither, with wonderful composition that sets a new tone with each new place the creature tries to make home. This book is an absolute delight.
Though the initial set-up places the monster on another quest for vengeance, that Robert Walton is more monster than our monster, causing the creature to desire complete destruction of Walton's family in a manner similar to his need to avenge his creator in the original, when he comes close to attaining this goal eveything twists around him in directions both predicatable and not. In this way O'Keefe manages to keep the book familiar at the same time she takes us down a path we didn't see coming. More important, each soul the creature encounters is so distinctly a character in full and valuable to the tale that the book moves rapidly and with a well rounded context that is simply delightful to follow.
If you loved the original, you will love the follow up. Right to the end it says more about us normal mortals than is does about the creature, and in doing becomes a perfect tale of the creature. Victor Hartman is not flawless, not always the victim, not a poor thing, but his trials and torments are brought from the world view of those who do not fit in. Surprisingly, the main conflict of the tale, despite the plot turns and twists, remains one of hope versus despair. Enjoy. This is a great read.