Another Faust

8757410Summary:  One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish – only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and
elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.”

But as the students claw their way up – reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty – the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most
unforgivable sins.

At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption

Review: 4 stars

This is such an original fantasy read. In a genre filled with books that all feel rather similar, originality is not super common, but this book is one that will stand out in my memory. The characters are all pretty fascinating. I hate one-dimensional characters that have no flaws or depth, the characters in this book are not like that, they’re interesting to read about. The pacing is good, I didn’t find myself getting bored. The story moves along pretty steadily.

The characters are all flawed in ways that I found interesting. Victoria is ruthlessly ambitious and they’re each manipulative in order to achieve their respective goals. At times it feels like I’m reading from the perspective of a villain. It is refreshing as so much of the young adult genre is filled with protagonists that are very vanilla. These characters are dark, gritty and ruthless. They give into the dark sides of themselves. Yet since the character development is done so well you still manage to like them.

This novel became more than just another story to me. It got me thinking about how far person will go in order to achieve their goals. I wondered at what point ambition becomes toxic. If you are willing to lie, cheat and steal their goals is it worth the price? Is it worth losing your self to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted? Ambition can be costly. I never looked at it like that before, I always admired those who achieved what they wanted without ever wondering what the cost was.

For a lot of the book I felt confused on where it was going. I felt like there wasn’t a plot and I didn’t see the point of the novel. I was so wrong. The plot was intricately woven throughout the whole book and it all came together at the end. I am so glad that I followed this book through all the way.

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