Friday, September 25
By: Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Reading Level: Young AdultAuthors Description: One night, across four cities, five children disappear. Years later, five enigmatic teenagers appear at an exclusive New York holiday party with their strange but beautiful governess, Madame Vileroy. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust children to the elite Marlowe School, where their presence brings unexplainable misfortune.
Using a series of “gifts” given to them by Madame Vileroy, the children are able to soar to suspicious heights at Marlowe. The gifts seem child-like in their simplicity. The governess teaches them to cheat, steal, hide, and lie; ‘harmless’ she calls them, though they are much more. For the vicious over-achiever, reading an unsuspecting mind is simply to cheat. For the reclusive pariah, the gift of stopping time is just another way to hide. And who but an aspiring writer can weave a convincing lie?
Soon, Madame Vileroy’s gifts become darker and more complex. Living in a gray home designed to cultivate and corrupt them, they are enveloped in the side effects of their own addictions. They live cursed lives, making deals with the devil as they claw their way toward their goals….that is until two of them begin to uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. A modern retelling of an ancient dilemma, Another Faust recreates the story of the Faustian bargain. Set in present-day New York, but spanning the centuries, it is a chilling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.
Review: Another Faust is a unique story told from the perspective of five missing children. This story in theory is captivating, but in reading I found it lacking and struggled from page to page. Throughout the story the potential for excellence was papable, but it was lacking the strong suspenseful feeling that is required in a great story. I rated Another Faust 3 Stars because I feel it was worth the read, but I would not return for a second visit. To summarize in my own words this is a story of five children that desired something so badly that they would give up everything. Then portraying what happens when a desire becomes your worst sin, and what it takes for these children to redeem themselves.