TRW: Frankenstein in 2012: Bio-Engineering
In today’s horror realm, zombies and vampires are creatures of the undead, and would well fit within the realm of Shelly’s Frankenstein, but Shelly was a pioneer- during her time, everyone was afraid of the new science of embalming the dead, and she played on those fears in her story, and the fear of the unknown and the possibilities of science. This is why I think that bio-engineering would be more Mary Shelly’s thing if she were alive today. Manipulating the essence of DNA and genes, creating new and different beings and life where there were none, discovering new abilities and their horrendous possibilities… Definitely a 2012 version of Frankenstein…
So what bio-engineering YA books would be in your top ten list? Here are my favorites in random order; share yours in the comments below…
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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