“Fell in love with the characters and the plot never slowed down. This is the story about Victor and Konrad Frankinstein (misspelled perhaps). It even made me cry! I applaud this this book!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Sunday, December 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good and at some times very dark. I really hope there is to be a second book! ”k a i t l i n wrote this review Saturday, December 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
By Kenneth Oppold
Victor and Konrad are twin brothers whose last name is…Frankenstein! Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures -- until the day their adventures turn all too real.
They stumble upon The Dark Library, full of secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. Father forbids that they ever enter the room. But when Konrad falls deathly ill, Victor is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life.
Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor (sound familiar?) set out on a thrilling adventure to find an alchemist to help them. Yet, what starts out as a quest to save his brother leads Victor down a dark and haunting road.
** Being made into a movie.
“Wow. Well. It was quite good, and I'll definitely read the next ones and possibly Frankenstein. Very nice plot and emotions shown...”Brady wrote this review Thursday, December 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was an interesting story and easy to get through. I had just finished the original Frankenstein. I think the author did a good job keeping it true to the original and making it fresh and new at the same time. I'm not sure I want to read future books in the series, because you know the ending is not a happy one for any of the characters. . . ”Allyson wrote this review Wednesday, December 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Incredible! Couldn't put it down.”Chantal Simpson wrote this review Friday, December 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Start reading pg. 16, with "That door...," I said. "I wonder where it goes." end with All this time I was still struggling to pull my hand free. Victor doesn't know it--but this is the beginning of his quest for the alchemical recipe for eternal life: the Elixir of Life. Soon after this, Victor's twin, Konrad, becomes deathly ill--and Victor must go back to this room, to this trap, to do research in the dark library hidden in the basement of the Frankenstein mansion. He has to save his brother--but his brother's illness is moving so fast. Can Victor make the elusive Elixir of Life in time to save him? This is a dark, suspenseful read with a twist at the end.”Sarah E wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kenneth Oppel’s new young adult novel, This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein acts as a prequel to Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. It focuses on Victor Frankenstein as a teenager, and speculates what early circumstances and personal history would cause him to create the monster that he constructs in Shelley’s book. The story follows Victor, his twin brother Konrad, and their friends Elizabeth and Henry. When Konrad falls ill, Victor hopes to use the forbidden art of alchemy to create the Elixir of Life to save his brother. An adventure ensues as Victor and his friends search for the necessary ingredients, all the while keeping their quest secret and wondering if alchemy is really as terrible a crime as everyone claims.
Although I didn’t enjoy Oppel’s writing style as much as I expected to, I still could not help but to get caught up in the daring feel of the novel. I was most drawn to the excitement of the adventure scenes and to the complex relationship between Victor and Konrad. My main discomfort with the novel was its inconsistencies in continuity with Shelley’s original Frankenstein. Oppel assigned motivations to his characters that did not line up with the motivations of the original characters in Frankenstein, and as I actually read Shelley’s novel at about the same time as I read Oppel’s, this inconsistency ended up confusing me. Additionally, in order to make Victor’s choices believable, Oppel might have done better to emphasize Victor’s desire to keep his brother alive at all costs. Nevertheless, This Dark Endeavor was an enjoyable read and its dramatic ending convinced me to look for the sequel when it is released next August. As long as it is approached as a creative, loose prequel separate from the original Frankenstein, This Dark Endeavor should please many readers.
“A fun adventrue story.”Myrna wrote this review Wednesday, November 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book! Almost as good as I thought it would be. Has a good pace and character development. Reads a lot like a movie, which I heard they might be doing. Plenty of adventure and a bit of a love triangle that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. The only part I wish the book could have done a better job at is the ending. To much information packed into a few pages. Should have had another chapter or two to finish it out. Other than that it was a great book! Recommend to ms & hs students!”Trent R wrote this review Saturday, November 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No