Book Review: Frankenstein by Dean Koontz

Frankenstein (books 1-3), by Dean Koontz

This series was initially commissioned, but ‘creative differences’ led Dean to go his own way and retain control over the content. Just so you know.

The series, believe it or not, is about Frankenstein. It is linked to Mary Shelley’s, but her story is referred to as a myth or legend. These books are set in today’s world, where science is developing, new technology is appearing at a rapid rate, to the point where we begin to question: “is this good, or bad?”

These books do present some really frightening ideas of a ‘mad professor’ creating clones that he can ‘program’ to be whatever he wants them to be, then replaces humans with these genetically engineered individuals. Doctor Frankenstein himself has been able to survive for as long as he has due to his knowledge of preservation. It does go rather sciencey, but not to the point where you lose interest.

There is a really good pace to the books, murder, intrigue, moral questions, science, with lots of interesting characters and dynamics floating around for good measure. What I like most about Dean’s books though, is the attention to detail whilst still remaining really easy books to read.

I did find there was an awful lot of repetition though. The same descriptions were often reworded so you knew who Frankenstein’s monster was, what he stood for, how he came to be… etc. But I became quite frustrated as I kept saying: “But I’ve read this already, I haven’t forgotten”.

If you’re easily freaked out by the thought of what could be lurking under the surface of ‘our’ world, particularly if these secrets are based on very real concerns, then this probably isn’t something you should read. I actually thoroughly enjoyed them though!


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