Frankenstein - Mary Shelley


By Mary Shelley

  • Release Date: 1817-12-31
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4
From 7,558 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

Mary Shelley was just 18 when she had a nightmare vision: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life.”

Despite her lack of writing experience, Shelley converted her dream into what is often referred to as the world’s first horror novel, a timeless tale of science gone bad. Frankenstein follows the story of Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein, who manages to animate a hulking creature referred to as a “monster,” “wretch,” or “fiend.” Shelley’s 1818 classic has become one of the most frequently taught works of fiction, a cultural touchstone for conversations about the dark side of innovation. (Made-up words like Frankenscience andFrankenfood have become shorthand for the products of technological tampering.) More than 200 years after it was published, this novel remains a thought-provoking read that explores timely themes like creators’ responsibilities for the unintended consequences of their inventions.


  • A Masterpiece

    By hshdbdbdjdjd
    Mary Shelley is a genius this book was my first classic and was one of the best books I have ever read.
  • Not what you think.

    By SDFontaine
    Worth the read. Much different from the lore of wicked laboratories and lightning strikes. Mostly set amongst vast rivers, lakes, mountains and glaciers. The lead character is hard to sympathize with, for his woes stem from his mistake of pursuing the creation of life never thinking of the implications of such a creation and his refusal to admit to others his mistake to guard against the monster. Our young creator spends his life in pursuit of the monster until one, or perhaps both should parish. A modern film adaptation would look much like The Revenant with similar themes of exhaustion, loss, pain and revenge.
  • It was ok

    By Animition Verse
    It’s not my favorite. The story drag something and is so mind numbing it’s obscene. They make unrealistic decisions and it gets on my nerves. The first 200 pages are just Victor Frankensteins life story. And the rest is just ok. This book sounded better in my second grade halloween themed assignments.
  • Amazing

    By rennyrinten
    I never got the chance to read this book in grade school because I went to a poor school. But now that I have had time to actually read it, I see why it’s consider one of the greatest stories told. Why it was the creator of monsters and the sci-fi genre. Mary Shelley is such a good wittier, that at sometimes rooting for one person is not easy when you see the difference of perspective.
  • Absolutely Phenomenal!

    By a emo person
    This book is the bomb! Why do i say that? It has outstanding plot twists had me in shock. And to believe it was written in the 19th century is also something brilliant. The literature is out standing and the characters as well! I need to learn how to write..
  • Fantastic!

    By fmhgdj fgjgflgj gjl
    When I read this book it really is a heart warming experience and this book will forever be a classic
  • My two cents

    By swine maw
    when i come to a close with this book,a indescribable feeling overwhelm my heart.what is in the creator’s heart is in all of us,the intrinsic dislike towards a creature who is ugly in appearance but not in spirit and mind.all the misery existing both in this book and in reality is caused by human nature which is of stupidity and ignorance
  • Prodigal Son-like

    By Vladislav Maleyev
    Shows the importance of being loved. The monster was abandoned by Frankenstein who was a miserable person. The monster as a result became just like its owner; a miserable and deranged being.
  • Convoluted

    By goldenanne
    You can definitely tell why the book was written.
  • Insightful

    By Magic242424
    You can delve deep and learn some lessons about life - or you can just read it without thinking! Because it is exciting!!! I learned things having to do with what actually makes a human - it makes you value the simple things of life - and more ^_^