This Broken Wondrous World
Man Made Boy #2
Author: Jon Skovron
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
“My fellow monsters,” said Moreau. “No longer will we hide in the shadows, cringing, cowardly, hiding our true potential. You see, the humans do not view us as people. We must force them to expand their view of personhood to include us. By any means necessary.”
A year ago, Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s monster, had never even met a human. Now he’s living with his human “family,” the descendants of Dr. Frankenstein, in Switzerland. That is, until the maniacal genius Dr. Moreau, long-ago banished to a remote island for his crimes against humanity, asks for Boy's help. Moreau wants Boy to join his army of animal/human hybrid creatures and help him overthrow human society. Boy will do anything to save this broken, wondrous world from the war that threatens to split it in two. But how much will he have to give up? And is the world worth saving?
This Broken Wondrous World takes readers on a mission. A team of monsters are trying to stop a mad scientist from taking over the human race – part of his global domination. His plan is gut-wrenching and worthy of many “WTF”. Yet, the gang, the monsters, will take away your fears and assured you there is nothing to fear. My favorite, The Perricholi stole the scenes.
Provoking yet entertaining, This Broken Wondrous World will surprise readers. Remember what Rafiki said “Look beyond what you see”? Well this is exactly what Jon is trying to teach us. These monsters (the non-humans) are more humanly than others with their kindness. Buy it, read it, and learn from these delightful creatures.
His most recent novel, Man Made Boy, was published by Viking Penguin in 2013. It was a Junior Library Guild selection and was shortlisted for the Inky Reader’s Choice Award in Australia. io9.com said “If Man Made Boy hasn’t been optioned for a film or at least a CW series by the end of the year, we can be assured that Hollywood has actually forgotten how to read.” The audiobook, which Jon recorded for Random House’s Listening Library, was named Best Fiction Read By Author for Publisher Weekly’s Listen-Up awards.
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