I'm still trying to power through my stack of Macleans magazines (I've got 3.5 to go) but I realized I was getting sick of them. So I read Strong Female Protagonist last night. It's about Mega Girl (Alison Green), a biodynamic girl who is invincible and super strong. She was fighting monsters and giant robots like a superhero, which was fun until a mind-reading super villain named Menace showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy where biodynamic individuals who would have been able to genuinely make the world a better place had been killed.
So she has quit being a superhero (publicly unmasking herself) and has instead enrolled in college. But she's having a hard time because she's different and everyone knows it. Her philosophy teacher failed her paper because he doesn't think she can understand the human condition, and when she complains about this the professor is fired; the school doesn't want to risk angering her. And of course it isn't easy to just quit being a superhero. When one of the villains she incarcerated finds out where she is, he shows up to fight her in the middle of the school.
Then Alison goes to visit a biodynamic friend named Feral and discovers Feral is going to make an incredible sacrifice. That's when Alison realizes that saving the world is going to take even more that she thought it would.
I loved how the characters were very real and flawed individuals. Especially since these biodynamics were all fourteen year olds when they got their "powers." They made mistakes because they weren't grown up yet (and ended up pulled from their families). This was a very real look at what might happen if superheroes became real.
Strong Female Protagonist is a very deep and thought-provoking read. It's awesome that they got Book One published through Kickstarter; I hope to see more books in the future!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.