Reviewed by Cap’n Evelyn Knifenose
Author: Phil Duncan
Page Count: 272 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 13+
Summary: Yancey Muncey is a geek. And he is also dead. Then Dr. Blankenship offers to bring him back to life again, in what becomes known as the Frankenyancey Project, and how can his family refuse? But now his eyes are yellow, and his skin is blue — and he is indestructible. If you lop off a limb (as his friend does) it grows right back. But Dr. Blankenship wants Yancey to steal information from his competitor and also murder him. In exchange, he will get Yancey’s family out of debt.
Why I started this book: I was offered the book to read for free.
- I loved the basketball scene, shades of our own son’s time on the court.
- His family is almost comically dysfunctional. His sister Ruth uses a tape recorder to record all the experiments she does with the new Yancey. His brother Martin wishes him out of the way. His parents…
- In the meantime, there is a girl that Yancey liked, but didn’t have the nerve to ask out.
- It took me a long time to get into this book. I was about half way through when it began to pick up for me.
- It was confusing for me at first, because I would set the book down, then not know the time frame when I picked it back up again. A chapter would be titled: before (or) after. And the following chapters would still be in that time frame until the next chapter which would reverse it.
- I did not like the end of the book. It’s a bit dark. Until then, from the second half on, I liked the book a lot. I would have liked it to have ended on a happy note. Maybe there will be a sequel. I don’t know that I would read it.
Final thoughts: Towards the end of the book, you find out how Yancey died. If I had known how the book ended, I seriously would not have read it. I hated the ending.
Rating: 3 Treasure Chests