“Sometimes what might seem impossible, is only difficult.”
Science has always conflicted with religion. In The Angel Maker, Stefan Brijs explores and exposes this conflict with the geneticist, Dr. Victor Hoppe. Hoppe is a very strange man as he’s anti-social, introverted, awkward, and shows no emotion. Hoppe is so strange but, he’s a genius and there are no boundaries in his mind.
His mindset was majorly influenced by his childhood in which he grew up surrounded by the faith and religion of others. But, he learned what others could not see. The TRUE faith and the TRUE outcome of religion. Victor finds this mindset puts him on a path back to his home town of Wolfheim.
As he arrives unexpectedly into Wolfheim, he brings a surprise; his children. These three boys are just as strange as Dr. Hoppe. They don’t cry. They don’t smile. They don’t even look…normal. Dr. Hoppe keeps his three boys hidden and they are to never travel outside. This gets some major village gossip going on, but if only everyone truly knew what happens behind those closed doors.
I originally found The Angel Maker at my local Half Price Books. I was looking for a quick, easy read, and I ended up getting more than just that. What I ended up getting was a story that made me think so heavily on my own beliefs. I was intrigued by The Angel Maker because it seemed to relate to Frankenstein so much. For me, it seemed like a classic tale told with a twist but I was wrong.
The Angel Maker is book number seven for my 2017 reads, and so far it’s one of my favorite books. I started The Angel Maker on March 28, 2017 and finished the 346 pages on April 4, 2017 . This book was really intriguing for me and it made me think a lot about life in general. Overall I rated it an 8.5 out of 10.
The reason I gave it an 8.5 is because I loved the inner conflict, the characters and the search for reason in religion.
An inner conflict was found in every single character in this book, but the main and predominate conflict was within Dr. Hoppe. Victor grew up wanting to be good. He wanted to make an impact on the world by discovering new methods in reproduction. But his goal and personality blinded him and he became a mad man. Although Victor had no personality, I thought this quality made him such a strong character. I could feel the struggle he was facing through out the whole book.
So, this brings me to the next positive attribute, the characters. Oh, I loved everyone in this book! I felt like I was being thrown into an episode of American Horror Story. (Which is one of my favorite shows, especially coven!) I loved the wicked and twisted characters that thought they were doing good. Also the creepy kids and the innocent villagers were a great addition. They were all so different, but I found something to like for each and every one of them. (If you like AHS, I highly recommend this book!)
And for my favorite part of the book, the search for reason in religion. As a young adult, I haven’t found where I fit in my own faith and it’s always good to see the different views. Hoppe grew up in such a religious community, but his thoughts were very atypical of a holy person. I don’t want to spoil too much but it was just so interesting how his genius mind broke down faith so easily. You’ll have to trust me on this one cause anything I say might give it away.
So, I really had to venture out and think of a drink connection for this book. I wanted something crazy and daring because those are the qualities of Victor Hoppe. But I also wanted to stick with the whole “Angel” theme because God is such a big part of this book. A religious, crazy and daring drink….uhhhh. Got it! Red Bull!
Yes. Red Bull. Well, Red Bull gives you wings…Yeah, see what I did there. Angels, wings, Tah Dah! Oh and Red Bull gets you all pumped up and act like a crazy person. So sometimes Red Bull can make you act like Victor Hoppe.
On to the next…
A Gathering of Shadows. Need I say more?