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School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-Boy may be the son of Frankenstein's monster, but he is finally comfortable living with his human friends. It really doesn't matter to him that they are the descendants of Dr. Frankenstein. Boy is shaken when Dr. Moreau attempts to take over the human world so that monsters may live in the open. The action and dialogue are a little on the predictable side, but the entire story is appropriate for even the youngest middle schooler. Listeners will feel all the nuances of the characters portrayed by the author as he narrates his own book. The variety of voices will help listeners fall deeper and deeper into the narrative. VERDICT This audiobook would make a strong addition to a middle school, high school, or public library collection. ["Fans of science fiction and humor will enjoy this clever, monster-filled read": SLJ 6/15 review of the Viking book.]-Elizabeth L. Kenyon, Merrillville High School, IN © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The dust has settled after Boy's last adventure (Man Made Boy, 2013), and now he's off to Geneva to live with the Frankensteins, his human sort-of family. But just as he's starting to relax, he learns of trouble brewing: the maniacal Dr. Moreau has escaped his island prison and is now trying to conquer the world with monsters. Boy and his human-sympathizing monster pals set off on an international quest to stop the mad scientist before he exterminates humanity. Though some readers might wish for more character development, Skovron's frenetic pace and ragtag band of creatures will appeal to readers who crave nonstop action.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2015 Booklist
Horn Book Review
Boy (Man Made Boy), son of Frankenstein's monster, leads a ragtag force of fellow monsters and their progeny against Dr. Moreau, who has been secretly creating an animal army to bring about a new world order. Skovron's richly created underworld of monsters-with-heart remains compelling during the over-the-top battle against Moreau. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Advanced technology, experimental science, inspired revolution in the name of unity: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. In the time since Boy's own technological catastrophe nearly outed his monster clan in Man Made Boy (2013), he has left his gritty, familiar home in Manhattan to study at university in Geneva. He's living on the estate of Dr. Frankenstein, whose descendants consider Boy family, particularly "cousin" and fellow freshman Henri. Boy hasn't quite settled in when a disappearing dwarf delivers a foreboding message, a carnivorous mermaid tries to eat him, and girlfriend Sophie Jekyll/Claire Hyde arrives with news that her brother Robert Jekyll is up to no good. Boy returns with Henri and Sophie/Claire to New York, where they learn that Robert has joined forces with Dr. Moreau. Cue: disturbing, warped plans of global domination. Characters from the first book join appealing newcomers, but with the high stakes of a monster revolution, the demises of some favorites are inevitable. There is still a fair amount of red-blooded monster boy behavior, but it isn't all sex, booze, and bloody battles. Affection, sorrow, guilt, anger, and particularly integrity are addressed; paraphrasing Claire, we're all capable of terrible things, but it's integrity that separates those who do and don't succumb. An enjoyably action-laden, sometimes bloody, globe-trotting lesson in what it means to be monster, to be man, and to be careful when serving dryads alcohol. (Science fiction. 12 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.