Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: A New Twist On An Old Legend
Book One: Prodigal Son
As far removed from Shelley as the time between their existences, Dean Koontz did what he’s done with every story he’s ever crafted: he evolved it. He took the skeleton of the Frankenstein story and put a deeper emotion into it. He made it human. At it’s heart the story is a struggle for identity. The primary focus is the “New Race” that began with Deucalion and the struggle to fit into the world… until they overcame it.
Victor Helios AKA Frankenstein sees himself as a god, a creator of life. Roy Pribeaux calls himself an Adonis, a study in perfection who destroys life in his quest to make his all the more perfect.
I think a reason Koontz brings Roy Pribeaux in as the serial killer is to emphasize the flaws in humanity to make Victor seem almost a hero in his bid to create the “New Race” and to truly perfect the world. By that contrast Harker, who is of the “New Race” and also a serial killer is the purest monster, and it can almost be said that even Victor fears him to some degree because he is something Victor cannot control.
Koontz employs a third person limited POV which serves him well in two ways. One: it lets him settle into his characters. Two: it allows for literary hold ups story telling junctions and surprises.
Something that’s great about Koontz is his ability to change his voice so effortlessly. In a third person like Prodigal Son he can easily slip into and out of the personalities of his characters, whichever character he’s focusing on. Koontz has been called the master storyteller, and I think a good deal of that ability has to do with his POV uses, voice and characterization
Another great addition to the Koontz library can’t wait to read more!!!!!!