Monday, September 7, 2009
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
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.
Character Development: 6/10
Overall Enjoyment: 5/10
Alcohol, drugs, etc.: Some alcohol, if I remember correctly.
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: The book is about children who have sold there soul to the devil. There are many nightmarish and disturbing scenes. The whole thing is kind of creepy.
Another Faust holds an original idea, but the book was very hard to stay into. At times, the interest level was very low, and I think part of this had to do with the plot, and part with the characters. The characters did not seem like real people. This made sense, because of their dealings with the devil, but it also made you have no emotional connection to the characters. At all. The story was focused mainly on the children’s' faults and their desires... except for the few small tidbits about the real person underneath.
If the entire novel had been focused on Bicé and her journey to find the truth, then the book would have been much more enticing. Instead, you read about each of the Faust children and how they go about completing their goals. Yet, since there is no emotional connection to the characters, and their goals are selfish and immoral, you do not even want them to reach success.
Despite these bad points, the writing was extremely well done. The figurative language and the layout of the chapters were exceptional. The beautiful writing was much more appealing than the story itself.