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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401311024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401311025
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Marie has had a tough life. She gets by living in Section Eight housing in Jackson, Mississippi, and relying on food stamps because whenever she finds a job, something bad always happens. It doesn’t help that she has white streaks in her hair and that she wears long sleeves, gloves, and leather no matter how hot it gets and won’t touch anyone, not even a handshake. One night she meets James, a guy who is probably the only other person in sultry Mississippi who dresses like her. The two end up on the run in a stolen car. James calls her Rogue, and she calls him Touch. It turns out that he is from another world: Arcadia, an imperiled utopia. It takes a lot of creativity to write a love story with a heroine who can’t touch her lover, not to mention bridging a 10,000-year age difference and two vastly different home planets. Amazingly enough, Woodward succeeds, putting a fresh spin on Rogue, a Marvel Comics X-Men regular, in this entertaining and thoroughly original romance. --Diana Tixier Herald

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This book was a HUGE disappointment.
Amy Hodman
I was expecting a lot from this book and, unfortunately, it just didn't meet my expectations.
Some of the scenes are a little awkward, but how could they be otherwise?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miss Bonnie on June 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
'What is it that drives a person to survive, even when she has nothing to live for?'

Can you imagine living your life being unable to touch anyone? Having to completely cover your skin even in the middle of summer because an accidental brush of an arm could send someone into a coma? Never being able to let someone touch you? Anna Marie, a Southern girl from Caldecott County, Mississppi, is forced to live like that every day since she put her boyfriend Cody in a coma when he was just trying to kiss her.

The story begins as I would have expected with Rogue discovering her latent mutant powers. But that's where the similarities end because her story then launches into a completely foreign story where Rogue is being raised by her Aunt and includes mutants that don't exist in the normal Marvel universe. This newly invented mutants name is James (or Touch) and he also serves as the complicated and awkward love interest. Awkward because, well, Rogue can't touch anyone so we're subjected to lines like:

"This time Touch kissed me. On the other side of the wool I could feel his mouth open just the tiniest bit. I had never even French kissed before [...], and I knew that if I was normal, that's what we would be doing right at this moment. But Touch was mostly getting a whole lot of wool on his tongue. He pulled away and picked a strand or two."

To be clear, Rogue was wearing a hat/mask over her face, thus the picking of the fibers from his tongue. (Awkward, right?)

The romance took up a huge amount of this story and it was severely disappointing considering what I loved first and foremost with these female superheroes was how strong and independent thy were. I'm not saying they weren't involved in any romances (Rogue and Gambit, anyone?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy Hodman on July 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am one of the biggest fans of Rogue out there. She has been my favorite superheroine for over 20 years. So needless to say my expectations were pretty high for this book.

The book started out pretty nicely -- the situations Rogue found herself in as a young woman first starting out in the world were very realistic. It started to get weird when the male lead was introduced. At first there seemed like a lot of potential -- was he another mutant like her? Was he hunting mutants?

Then it just got weirder and weirder, to the point where I was wondering what any of the things that were happening had to do with Rogue or the heroine she became.
It became less about Rogue or her specific problems with her mutant ability and more about a storyline that really could have worked with ANY female lead and not specifically Rogue. There was also WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY too much back story and history about characters I could have cared less about. Rogue's relationship with her 'love interest' in this book also gives no insight whatsoever into the men she later chooses to have relationships with.

This book was a HUGE disappointment. I've had to cancel my X-Men subscriptions due to financial issues and I felt super-ripped off by the money I paid for this book. In the future I hope Marvel has its authors stick to what makes these heroines special and less about random sci-fi side subplots that the fans of these characters just don't care about.

If you are a Rogue fan I suggest giving this one a pass. If your curiosity is still piqued I would suggest getting this one from the library and not spending the $.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christal on August 5, 2013
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Rogue Touch wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't really a Rogue story. Ful disclosure: Rogue is my favorite of the X-Men and I will adore her until the end of time. I love the emotional story arcs she has been given in the comics (though not as much recently), the sassiness and fire she had in the cartoon series, and I'm ignoring her depiction by Anna Paquin in the movies. I was expecting a lot from this book and, unfortunately, it just didn't meet my expectations.

This book finds Rogue on the run after she has put her first love Cody into a coma. She meets up with a guy named James or Touch and they set off to outrun their pursuers. Rogue Touch was only about 288 pages but it felt like much longer because we had good chunks of the book where nothing happened except for Rogue and Touch driving through the US. Touch's back story was unnecessarily complicated and Rogue just didn't feel like Rogue. It was like the idea for this book came first and then the character of Rogue was just shoe-horned into the role. I think the fact that this book seemed to be completely separate from the rest of the Marvel universe didn't do it many favors. There are very brief mentions of a school for people like Rogue, but nothing concrete is ever shown.

The story wasn't bad and might have worked if it had just been marketed as a science-fiction romance, but this wasn't a Rogue story. As a matter of fact, most of the book felt like Touch's story with Rogue just along for the ride. There were moments when you could start to see Rogue developing into the woman she will become, but they weren't around as often as I would have liked. Many things felt forced, but especially the romance between Rogue and Touch (Rogue + Gambit 4 eva!
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