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Going Through the Change Paperback – April 23, 2015
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The book has no ending. NOTHING gets resolved. In fact, we are left in the midst of a crisis.
That's cheating the reader. I don't like to be cheated. Perhaps the author thought this was a "comic book cliffhanger," but no. It's a cheat.
The book has a good enough "logic" going for it with its mad scientist and four women affected by her machinations. But viewpoint keeps skipping from one to another, which makes for much confusion and lack of focus. (Especially if you put the book down for a few days as I did. When I returned I tried to recall which character was which.)
None of the women seriously consider going to a real doctor concerning their problems, which slides them dangerously close to TSTL territory. Linda's husband is the only likable male in the story, and he comes across as the world's most perfect husband… At least he is until near the end.
So ordinarily I'd say that this book was worth a potential try-out, but the non-ending negates that. Nope, I can't recommend this book. I don't see how an actual publisher would okay anything like this. I'm so angry at the author for doing this!
The premise is good. Four women going through menopause who change into supernatural beings because of a certain woman's products. There's a lot of fun to be had here. It's not your typical superhero fare. One woman becomes a villain and the other three become the heroes and the race is on to catch the evil product making villain who made them this way. Granted this isn't the most amazing plot ever, but it works for the story. The action scenes were fun to read and the settings where easy to picture in my mind, even the characters were clearly defined. This book was just awesome…. in the second half. That was the problem I hit 55% or so on my reader before it got this amazing, and was completely bored to tears with the dragging plot development slow-paced blah.
The writer writes well, the introduction to all characters clearly mapped who they were out very well individualy and in context with the people in their seperate story lines. And this was done in good time. But after that the check list is like, background stories--check, villains and heroes clearly identified-check, character personalty types identified-check, story moving forward-no. Pages and pages of figuring out stuff none of the characters where designed to be stupid enough not to figure out.
For example how do you live your life the same everyday, change one thing in this case a tea, start flying and never quite literaly until the third act question why you are floating. People don't just wake up flying in the real world, something must have changed in your routien. I don't think she ever took a step back to analise the situation and even after the person who made the special tea took interest in her situation and offered to help the lightbulb still did not go off. I just couldn't believe she'd be that unaware of herself. Also, how do you go from a short petit woman to an over six foot man, know exactly how it happened and not once try to rectify it. Just 'okay I'm a man now', after over forty years of life. If I woke up a woman yes I would go straight to my doctor to find out what the hell happened and we need to take some test lock me in a lab and lets get me back to normal imediately. I couldn't go along for that ride either. Two points in the book that dragged on for me and especially if you know you used to be a woman and you know why you're not anymore and this new friend flies and is clearly distraught about it, sharing would be the best to let her know she is not alone, and furthermore the tea busniess she is woefully unaware of wouldv'e been solved a good 20 or more pages faster.
The same for the best friend who becomes bullet proof. Turning into a monster and you become your friends lab rat, your friend is a genius and yet you are still turning into a monster and it never occurs to you she is not trying to fix you. The only person with the good sense to know what was going on was the woman with fire, she went straight to the source and willingly went forward. The irony of that is that she ended up being the villain and just as completly psycho as our main villain.
Basically once I knew who and what the characters where about the story just went on forever as if no one was concerened at all with the fact they were changing. Getting sick is one thing, but sex changes, species changes and super power gettings, that's stuff you try to sort out imediately in hopes you can either fix it or know for sure you can't and how to get on with it. These characters seemed to just float on endlessly through stuff that if i skipped from after all the intorductions to the catalyst in the middle, which i shall call the 'tea' incident, i would've probably gave this book an eleven out of ten.
Lastly the premise that only these women changed because of menopause is shakey, why didn't it affect all other menopausal women taking the products? I guess I was expecting something deeper. And the crew failed to come together with a cleary defiend leader. Bands of superheroes tend to have their roles clearly defined in a group. Thats what the first book is for. I know what their powers are, their motivations, their personalities, but their roles in the group and how that makes them work together, the book never quite got there, not even at the end. They were still kind of looking at one person for a plan, but i never got the impression they expected one from all the arguments they kept having. It was just she was used to making plans so by defualt they stared at her. If anything, the intern should be the woman in charge, she had her act together and a sans superpower leader might be what they need to get it together.
So hate aside, this book somehow managed to go from zero to fun and awesome. Boredom to high action, whoa this writer can write. It was fun light reading and easy to follow and way interesting once the whole 'tea' incident happened. I honestly couldn't stop reading. The rythm pacing, hell everything about the whole second half of this book was almost too good to be true, like i wasn't reading the same book. Usually after a few chapters if i don't like it, i stop reading, but I read on and I'm actually glad I did this time. Pleasantly surprised, and if this second half is an indication of what this author can do I am on board for the next installment of this series, i didn't think it would be a series but I'm not complaining.
The most important thing about this novel is how deft it is. The ways the women change are very clever, but the reasons are not obvious at first. As a woman moving into this phase of life, I found the author's characterizations complex and nuanced. I will admit that I cried several times while reading because the characters' inner struggles spoke to me. There is a whole lot more going on here than some women with powers running around. One might even use the term "symbols." I really related to Linda, and I am still processing what I read.
I would not recommend this book to someone looking for a comic book in novel form. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to women who find themselves in a place where they don't know what their bodies will do from day to day and also to the people who love women in that state. The powers might be exaggerated, but the emotions are all right on the money.