A modern Frankenstein's Monster. JO by @leah_beth #horror #review

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Written by Leah Rhyne

Genre(s): Horror

In this modern-day take on the classic Frankenstein tale, as told from the monster's perspective, Jolene Hall is dead – sort of. She can walk, think and talk, but her heart doesn't beat and her lungs stopped breathing ages ago. Her body’s a mosaic of jagged wounds and stapled flesh.

Jolene Hall has a choice: turn herself in to the authorities, led by a suspiciously handsome police officer, or team up with her roommate Lucy and her boyfriend Eli to find a way to save herself. To Jo, the choice is clear. She’d like to know who turned her into a monster, and she’d like to live to see another sunrise.

But that choice has drastic repercussions.

On a trip deep into the snowy White Mountains, to a hidden laboratory filled with danger and cadavers, Jo and Lucy find more reanimated girls. Part body, part machine, run by batteries and electricity, these girls are killers, created by a shadowy Order with a penchant for chaos…and murder.

To make matters worse, a photo on a wall of victims reveals Lucy is next in line to be "recruited” into this army of beautiful, walking corpses.

When Jo’s physical condition takes a turn for the irreparable, and the Order kidnaps those she loves most, she must sacrifice herself to save them all.

Walki's Review

A modern Frankenstein's Monster

The main character, Jo, tells us the story. She knows her battery will run out soon (she runs on electricity). She was kidnapped one winter night on the university campus, after an argument with her boyfriend Eli. She woke up too early after her 'transformation' and escaped from the place where she was kept along with some other teenage girls. She is no longer alive, but she is not dead either.

Jo, Eli, and her best friend Lucy, decide to find out who did it to Jo, have them fix her (her body is deteriorating), and rescue the other girls. There is some dark humour as Jo loses fingers and toes, and stinks of decomposition. There is realism as Jo takes stock of what her life should have been, and what it is now. There is humour as the spoiled and naive Jo and Lucy realise who the bad guys are. There is emotion as Jo and Lucy reveal to be more than their flaws.

Reference to Frankenstein's monster: check. Reference to zombies: check. Doomed romance: check. Teenagers on the loose: check. It was entertaining, but it is only 40% into the novel that the story started to captivate me enough to keep reading after midnight. However it had enough depth to make me come back and wonder about what was on the next page and how it would happen.

(It is actually a 3.5 rating)

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.