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Book Review: ‘Man Made Boy’ by Jon Skovron

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9780670786206_ManMadeBoy_JK.inddJust in time for the holidays and reading season, Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron takes you on a journey of modern technology and Classic mythology.

Meet 17-year-old Boy; he has never been out of his home. Of course being the son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride seem to keep him at a disadvantage. It is only as he gets his first chance to leave the fold on a company-related business that he realizes just how much he stands out in the world of humans.

Living in a secret, hidden den under Times Square, his family and friends work in show business. Here they can hide their peculiarities though makeup and showmanship. Boy lives his life with his biggest joy being the computer and all its glory. A hacker at heart he finds he is uber talented and sets up a virus that he feels can move on its own. To his friends from the chat rooms on the internet, he is interesting and bold. They are all excited to test his theory. When he finally does release his virus, he is distraught; the whole thing just seems to disappear.

Leaving home, unhappy with his lot in life, he finds many other of his kind in small sporadic groups. When he meets the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, he is in love. She (they) introduce him to malls and diners, yet heartbreak is not far away. Suddenly he finds that the demons he thought he had escaped are close. Yet they are not exactly as he imagined as his virus has now come back to haunt him. Can he address the errors he has made and save his family and friends form his own creative mistakes?

This is a fun and exciting journey into the word of monsters. The coming of age journey for Boy, mirrors that of most young men in the world, yet he must overcome so much more. He is the descendent of Monsters and he does not look like anyone else. He has also created his own form of monster and is learning a hard lesson of courage.

This is a funny and creepy story full of heart and laughter. The characters are memorable and the story remarkable.

This is a great piece of work for the young adult audience, but is enjoyable to any that are young at heart. If you are into technology, or mythology, a strange mix for sure, you will find this work both interesting and intriguing. The tragedy and joy keep you spellbound with interest. Skovron has given us a tale of monsters that is hard to put down. You will find yourself reading late into the night in this adventurous journey.

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