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Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

September 23rd, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

Description from A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

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 — they start to suffer the sideeffects 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.

This book is a good example of why I normally hate to stop reading a book before the end no matter how slow it is.  For the first 150-200 pages I thought it was rather slow going and I was really tempted to move onto another book.  Then wham!  The story picked up and it was like a roller coaster ride you don’t want to get off.  The book ends with a bang and leaves you wanting more.  It was fascinating to see the deals these children made with their “governess”, Nicola, and how nothing turned out quite how they wanted.  Victoria was a total witch and I disliked her immensely.  To her nothing mattered more than being acknowledged as the best.  Valentin while mostly coming across as a jerk had his moments that made me think he might actually be redeemable and become a likeable character.  Belle is so clueless she was irritating and yet I felt sorry for her.  She wanted to be beautiful and her deal did make her physically beautiful but also saddled her with a rotting stench.  Bice is Belle’s twin who pretty much gets roped into this because Belle did not want her left behind.  Christian was by far my favorite character.  He initially sets out to be the best athlete but this sometimes required him to steal the energy or ability from other people.  We see his conflicted emotions over doing so and watch as he has to choose what is really important to him.  I am really hoping there will be a sequel to this book and we will see more of him.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. faye

    I so want this one! the cover is awesome. I’ve been seeing some really good reviews on it.

  2. dsuzuki

    It was the cover that first caught my eye for this one.

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