This Dark Endeavor
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Source: Pulse It
The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.
In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s Gothic Classic, Frankenstein, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his best friend, Henry, on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.
Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love—and how much he is willing to sacrifice.
Rating – 5/5 stars
Judge the Cover –It is dark and mysterious, and looking at boy through a keyhole. I think it explains The Dark Library which is a key setting in this book.
Selecting – Another book from Pulse It, which I am truly grateful to been given the chance to read this for free.
Review – This is meant to be a prequel to the very famous horror story Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Kenneth Oppel wanted to explain what drove Victor Frankenstein to create life in a dark way. This Dark Endeavor is about Victor in his teen years, and an adventure that led him to gain interest in being an Alchemist.
The story is told from the point of view of Victor Frankenstein. I enjoy this point of view because you get to experience every bit of Victor’s mind. You get to see what he thinks of the world, his fiery passion, and his insecurities. You also get to see how Victor first came across the dark alchemical arts, and what drove him to proceed in working with it.
Victor Frankenstein has fine and rich life, with great family and friends, and access to knowledgeable things. Victor has a twin brother named Konrad. They are inseparable, and enjoy going on adventures. They accompanied by their cousin Elizabeth, and best friend Henry. Elizabeth was taken in by their father, and has become more of a sister to them.
They are all together, in the beginning, performing one of Henry’s plays. At the end, Victor tries to continue the standing ovation when he falls. Konrad saves him from falling off the roof. Victor sprained his ankle and is now riding in a wheelchair with Elizabeth pushing. Victor is only pretending and his twin Konrad knows this, and it ends with them chasing each other into the library. Elizabeth crashes into a bookshelf and a hidden door opens.
They soon come upon The Dark Library, and its secrets. Victor is intrigued by it, but their father discovers them and forbids them to return to the library. Unfortunately, Konrad becomes ill and Victor thinks the doctors are not helping to find the cure for him. He decides to take on the task of finding a cure himself with the help of Elizabeth and Henry.
They go back to the Dark Library, and discover a recipe for an Elixir of Life. But the recipe itself is written in Alphabet of Magi, which none of them know how to translate. They seek help from a known alchemist named Polidori, who translate the recipe for them. He sends them on an adventure to find the ingredients for the Elixir of Life.The ingredients are hard to come by, and one even tests Victor on how much he wants to save his brother.
This story was a very thrilling read and so adventurous. There was mystery, adventure, suspense, and romance; I think it would please anyone. I have never read Frankenstein but now that I have read Victor’s teen life, I will not hesitate to read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I have no doubt that this a great prequel to the book, and will forever be read along with Frankenstein for many people.
Best Character – I really adore Elizabeth for her fiery attitude and for not letting the men leave her out on the adventure. She also doesn’t give up her belief in God even though no one goes with her to church except Konrad. She is a great supporting character.
Worst Character – Victor Frankenstein wasn’t the worst character but he can be disliked at moments. He was selfish at times, and he couldn’t control his anger. Sometimes, I do love Victor for his passion, and not giving up when some others did. I love him but then I hate him. There is just so many mix feelings I have towards the young Victor.
Favorite Part – When Victor and the others first discover the Dark Library, the door wouldn’t budge. There is riddle but Victor ignores it and reaches under and something grabs his hand. I laughed aloud when he freaked out, and thinking how much I would freaked out if that happened to me.
Author’s NEWS – This isn’t really just Author’s news but more like book news. Summit Entertainment has grabbed the rights to make This Dark Endeavor into a movie. Since the book isn’t out yet, they are waiting on the public’s opinions on the book. If it’s positive, I can see them making this a rush project. I can’t wait, I truly adore this book.