5bat! Review: Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel

February 16, 2018 Review 0

5bat! Review: Pride and Prometheus by John KesselPride and Prometheus by John Kessel
Published by Saga Press on February 13, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Romantic, Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: n/a
Reviewed by: Kristina
5 Stars

Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics.

Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice. As Mary and Victor become increasingly attracted to each other, the Creature looks on impatiently, waiting for his bride. But where will Victor find a female body from which to create the monster’s mate?

Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her.

Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.

PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS is not only a clever, thought-provoking mash-up between two beloved stories -Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice - it expertly captures the tone and themes of each book. The writing is a beautiful mix of gothic and romantic with the story showing us what happens next through the perspectives of characters whose perspectives we never really saw in the original stories. While I prefer a happy ending in stories, I loved the ending which is more tragic for some than others though in keeping with being a good genre mash-up it does has a slight glimmer of hope to balance out the tragedy.

Mary Bennet was always a character I felt sorry for in  Pride and Prejudice.  She doesn't fit in with the rest of her family, being more interested in intellectual pursuits rather than balls and gossip. That's why I loved seeing her having an adventure and success of her own in this story. She comes off as incredibly sympathetic, compassionate, and determined. Through Mary, Victor and the Creature the story allows you to delve deeper in to what makes each character tick and see a new perspective on their related internal struggles with obsession and attachment.

One tiny issue I had with this story was the constant changes in POV without any warning. I kept having to question who was speaking and there was a bit of repetition due to the different POVs of the same event. The story summary is also misleading as there really isn't a romance, It leans more towards Frankenstein and tragedy than Pride and Prejudice's happily ever after. Those small things aside, I loved PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS. It took two already powerful, beloved stories and made an incredibly moving, thought-provoking and dark tale.

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