Review: Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Read this one a couple weeks ago

Title: Another Faust
Author: Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Summary (B& 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 side effects 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.

My Review: First off, even if you don’t want to read this book after this review, I highly recommend that you find it the next time your at the book store/library anyway and check out the dedication. It’s the funniest/longest one I’ve ever read....

Usually I don’t like when there are so many main characters (there are six in this one. The governess, Madame Vilroy and her children, Valentin, Victoria, Christian, Belle, and Bice) because there's a lot to follow, but the Nayeris’ seamless writing made it easy. The governess that ‘helps’ these children kind of creeped me out. The beginnings of the chapters are little segments on Madame Vilroy and what she’s done. She’s certainly left her mark on history and it's interesting to contemplate how the Nayeris’ spun her life.

What had originally drawn me to this book however was the cover. I know! I never talk covers but this one just stuck me as amazing. Especially while I was reading the book and learning the physical descriptions’ of the Faust children…they are brilliantly displayed on this cover. I mean, the model who is supposed to be Victoria is even wearing the “V” necklace. The attention to detail just thrilled me!