Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another Faust


Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Rating 7/10

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.

Another Faust was dark and twisted, and deffinatly intruiging. There were times that it got slow-paced and boring. Even through these parts, though, there was something in it that you couldn't help but keep reading.

One thing that I highly appreciate in this book was how the characters were portrayed. Usually when there are three or more main characters its hard to really know them and get inside their minds. But in Another Faust I really knew the characters and understood how they worked. I didn't like them all, for instance Victoria, but at least I could understand them all.

Like I said before, much of the time it was slow and slightly boring. This is just something that you need to get over though because it was a pretty good book overall.

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