Champion (Just Cause Universe Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Champion has many deftly woven threads and introduces a colorful and inventive cast of new characters, including a Kali, who can go full Matrix inside of computers and other tech gadgets, and Nickel, a strong-arming (literally) thug type who has a lot more going for him than initially meets the eye. Healy, perhaps more than in his other Just Cause books, employs a lot of speculation on the socio-economic and political complexities of super-powered people in a modern world, asking what are the benefits and the risks of unlimited power in the hands of governments and individuals. It doesn't proselytize or take one side over another. This is not a message book, and pitting Sally in the middle against these two titanic forces was a very wise move.
I look forward to the next book, but I'm bracing myself.
I don’t want to spoil the plot of “Champion,” but I will share the messages I came away with from reading it. First, that cults and group-think are a danger we must all be wary of because they can cloud your mind and rob you of your freedom. Second, some people can make terrible decisions and let power go to their heads, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come back from that and redeem themselves (I’m speaking of Surfboy here). Third, growing up often calls for painful compromises, and that saving the day can require some very regretful actions. In a way, isn’t that what growing up is all about?
Healy’s writing is spot on. The action is rich, but not overplayed or boring. Some writers (I’m not naming names) can stretch the action well beyond the point of being interesting, but not Mr. Healy. If I had to name my favorite element of his fiction, I would have to say it’s the interpersonal relationship element. The characters seem to come from places of real emotion, yet they never descend into melodrama or soap-opera silliness.
This book is a winner. I’ll be back for book 7, “Castles.”