Another Faust - Marlowe School, Bk 1 Author:Daniel Nayeri, 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 &... more »quot;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.« less
"Faust" is defined as "an alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge." That is what this book is revolved around, the 5 five Faust children who sold their souls for personal gain.
Personally, I found that the book started off really slow but necessary to understand the back story of what came to be. I also found that it really didn't catch my interest until the last quarter of the book when things started to become interesting, maybe because that's where all the action started to happen, thus the 3 star rating from me.
What I really did like about the book is that the reader gets to see the different characters struggling to find themselves and to see the roads they choose that would become their lives.
I couldn't really get into the characters, I find them to be very two-dimensional in the story when they could've carried so much more potential, however it may just be wishful thinking in my part for 15 year olds with "gifts." I also did not like that this book with 6 main characters that the authors did not indulge the reader with more depth about each character. I always found myself pining for more information about each teenager but not finding it.
In towns across Europe, ten-year old children - Belle, Christian, Victoria and Valentin - are greedily wishing for things they do not have: beauty, fame, money, success. One night, the children mysteriously disappear and no one, not even their parents, remember that they even existed. Years later, the teenagers, along with Belle's twin sister Bice, reappear in New York City. Led by the beautiful and mysterious Madame Vileroy, the teenagers enroll in the prestigious Marlowe School and use their special gifts to soar to the top.
Written by a brother and sister team, Daniel and Dina Nayeri, "Another Faust" is a modern take on the old German legend of a man who trades his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. "Another Faust" spins an addictive tale of backstabbing, covetousness and pure evil, and adds layers upon layers of details to each character and his or her gift. We see the full spectrum of the teenagers' abilities, the effect of their tricks on others and the frequent backfiring of their actions.
"Another Faust" does lack in some aspects: there is a lot of build-up to certain revelations, which are hastily glossed over; the secrets revealed at the end are given little attention and would have better served if they were at least hinted at throughout the novel. However, the novel's faults are quickly forgotten as it comes to a dramatic, hold-on-to-your-seats type of finale that will make for some excellent scenes if "Another Faust" is ever made into a movie.