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- Print Length: 280 pages
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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (April 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EKS3POA
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Change of Life by Samantha Bryant is the sequel to Going Through the Change (which I've also reviewed). As such, this review of Change of Life will contain spoilers for Going Through the Change. Consider yourself warned.
Still here? Right, let's do this.
Change of Life by Samantha Bryant continues the story of our favorite band of menopausal superheroes. In this novel, Jessica (the gravity-defying cancer survivor) and Leonel (the strong "man" formerly known as Linda) are working for the Department, a secret government organization that specializes in finding, training, and sometimes defeating individuals with superhuman abilities, as well as other spy-related missions. Patricia (the Hulk-like dino-woman) is on the hunt for her former friend and evil mastermind Cindy Liu, who has disappeared after the events of Going Through the Change. Helen (the fire-wielding villain) has also gone missing, and her daughter Mary (a non-super, albeit fiery, young woman) has gone looking for her.
As you can tell, there is a lot going on in Change of Life. And yet, Bryant weaves a complete and engaging narrative, giving each character her fair share of the spotlight and emotional depth. (This includes our newest hero, Sally Ann, who is Jessica's trainer within the Department.) The plot moves quickly and smoothly, keeping the reader entertained and trying to unravel the mystery along the way. Part of the pacing comes from the narrative style -- short chapters and alternating perspectives -- which allows the reader to view the conflicts from all angles and ensures that there is a heroine to whom everyone can relate.
Perhaps my favorite part of Change of Life (and Going Through the Change) is how Bryant uses her different characters to challenge and celebrate the different forms of womanhood. From housewives to business women, and from child-free ladies to grandmothers, Bryant depicts womanhood from all angles, showcasing the similarities and differences in how "the change" effects each of them. Moreover, Bryant explores how traditionally "feminine" and "masculine" personality traits can both be positive for her female characters. For example, one of Leonel (aka Linda's) greatest assets is her ability to listen and her caring nature, while Patricia finds strength in her independent spirit and take-no-bullshit attitude.
This being said, my only criticism about Change of Life was that sometimes the narrative stalled on characters' emotions a bit too long. While the internal monologues did increase my understanding of the characters, sometimes they bordered on repetitive, and other times I would rather have "seen" the characters' emotional states emerge through their physical reactions to the conflicts in the story.
Slow spots aside, the real jewel of Change of Life is the character development. As a reader, I couldn't help but feel inspired as the characters embraced both their superpowers and the changes their powers caused in their personal lives. For instance, Jessica learning to master her "flying" and no longer fear it made me incredibly proud, and Leonel standing up for herself and finally focusing on herself after a lifetime of being a wife and mother first showed her strength and made me love her even more. All of the characters have similar growths and will endear themselves to the reader twofold in this novel.
Overall, Change of Life is a fitting sequel. Packed with action, drama, and a dash of romance, and led by a cast of strong, complex, and diverse women, it's everything you'd want in a "menopausal" superhero novel. Highly recommended for superhero-lovers of all genders, ages, and levels of geeky-ness.
The story picks up (I'm assuming) where book I left off. Note: Not reading the first book in the series didn't affect my reaction to the tale ... other than that my understanding of the logistics of character traits came together a little slower for me. Saying that, once I put those initial pieces together the story really took off. It was a ton of fun watching these women who've developed either some sort of funky superpower and/or a totally gender change. Yes, I said total gender change.
Psst...All I could think of from the opening scene was whether or not I could pull off menopause where the transition turned me literally into a man. The thought both terrified me and made me laugh so hard!
Seriously, the thought of the change transforming a woman into a man felt strange to me. But the more I read each character's journey, the more I liked Linda/Leonel. Totally my favorite character. The adjustment she (now a man on the outside) and her husband (of over 20+ years) must make in their marriage affected me differently than I'd anticipated. She'd always been "...the grease that oiled the family wheel and kept it spinning." Now she's some agent working for an authoritative organization and ... You get where I'm going with this. Her role in the family has changed and her husband is having a difficult time with it. So many woman can relate to this, especially if you gave up your career during your childbearing years.
Mystery takes the story by force as past friends discover some are missing. The author places feelers from alternating characters in strategic places that continually up tension and tangle information. Most friendships from the first book continue as all try to unravel the intrigue that grows into much more than simply friends missing. Some characters are busy searching for the loony doctor who got them into this body-ultra-altered mess, while others try to accept their new selves and train to work uncover making the most of their new lives.
In the end, all must come together in one way or another. The threads weave into a telling tale that dates back decades into some of their families. The book leaves just enough intrigue at the finish line to make you wonder what could be next for these amazing women! And a man....well, sort of. ;)
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