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Armageddon Girl (New Olympus Saga, Book One) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 5, 2013
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About the Author
C.J. Carella was born in New York and grew up in Peru and Venezuela. He started writing for fun (if not profit) at an early age, and never looked back. During his decades-long career, C.J. has written over twenty roleplaying books for such companies as Steve Jackson Games, Palladium Books and Eden Studios. When not writing, C.J. enjoys gaming (computer and tabletop), reading and fighting crime (mostly by yelling at kids to get off the lawn). He does not enjoy long walks by the beach, unless said beach has a partially buried Statue of Liberty.
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But C.J. Carella has done it with -style-. The dialogue is snappy, the action moves along well, and the characters are varied and gripping. The nerd-girl doesn't stop being a nerd-girl (or scarred by her teenage encounters with cheerleaders) just because she can fly.
Which brings up the second point: it's done -cleverly-. The worldbuilding is solid, the alterations to history credible, and the downside shown too. Having superheroes is cool, but what do you do when the superhero is a dick? What about the collateral damage from the battles between Good and Evil -- have you ever imagined how many people died when the Avengers ripped up NYC?
There are a lot of touches like that. For example, there's the "neo" Mafia boss. He isn't terrifically powerful... but he doesn't age. He just goes on getting more and more entrenched; in -his- world, Little Italy should stay Italian... and he sees that it does. That is a subtle and intelligent extrapolation of what having people who -don't age- around would do.
If you like SF/Fantasy/comics pop culture and alternate history and great superpowered fights, buy the book!
As far as superhero books go, this one easily ranks near the top of the many I've read in recent years. Great world building, with a world running largely in parallel to our own, similar but very different due to the appearance of superhumans early in the 20th century. Christine is fun to read. All too often authors in this genre will write their protagonist as a genius or at least highly intelligent, but then they drop the ball, either not knowing how to actually write such a character or forcing their character to make boneheaded decisions in order to advance the plot. None of that for Christine.
Normally I'm not a fan of books with PoVs that jump around between more than a couple characters, but Carella pulled this off as well. The whole cast of characters was interesting to read, with seemingly well developed personalities and compelling backgrounds. Even the antagonists, of which there are several, are well written, although the main bad guy comes across as just a little over the top Evil. Then again, when you're a sock puppet for eldritch abominations from beyond reality, you're entitled to being a bit of a caricature.
Now I'm off to read the sequel!
The different levels of the story don't mesh terribly well, and the first book barely gets to the bigger picture before it ends abruptly. There is some dandy stuff in "Armageddon Girl" but, all in all, I think I much prefer the "Grimnoir" series by Larry Correia for a similar universe.
Great way to bring someone who didn't grow up with the Super, or “New Olympians” lore to you. Characters were bright, funny, witty, and believable in many ways. Some a little too close to home perhaps.
Fun, fast, well thought out, great world building, lots of good twists, turns and fun stuff. A very good look at a world with a “Justice League” kind of thing that accepts that super villains are really some sociopathic sickos and they just are not all that funny. And the results and consequences from that. Very good stuff.
I've been burned in the past by other “super hero” books, that were… meh. This one is definitely not that. I’m into book 2 now and enjoying that one just as much.
I've read a bunch of the Rifts books back in the day, and this was a great surprise when I came across this author. Not realizing that I had read much of his gaming stuff already. If you ever played/read through those, then you'll really enjoy this.
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Book 1: You're going to love it. It's entertaining AND interesting.Read more