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H.E.R.O. - Rise and Fall Paperback – September 29, 2011
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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Chrome (and Gravitix) meet Shrinker who is obsessed with freeing her mutant gang captured by the heroes in Metamorphosis (the first book). Both gravitate to her not realizing that she is a psycho. Chrome in particular buys her story that the mutants were persecuted and imprisoned because they look different, as it mirrors her feelings.
During the attempted prison break, Chrome realizes that Shrinker was lying to her, as the freed mutants talk about hunting more humans. Chrome isn’t a villain and when she realizes what’s up she gives herself up. She is sent to jail but I have the feeling that we haven’t seen the last of her.
I liked the new heroes and the way that Psystar helped Diva get accustomed to her powers. It was also interesting that both use different thought processes to fly. Little details like this are part of what makes this series so compelling.
Next book already purchased.
With great power comes great responsibility -- or hideous villainy. Rau does not pull his punches. People die heroically stopping banal evil. Monsters gleefully slaughter innocent bystanders. Criminals with deliberate, murderous intent, ambush heroes. Heroes accidentally break things. Villains accidentally fix things. Mistakes and confusion divide people. Caring and planning bring people together. It's what we might rationally expect from a world where random 'gifts' of super powers can happen to anyone.
Be prepared for a jet sled ride through world-shaking events crammed into a tiny slice of time, snap decisions on incomplete information, nasty wounds, horribly inadequate hydration and 'good enough' solutions for a crazy enjoyable universe.
But really what makes this story good is the introduction of some new blood into the mix. Seeing the point of a view of new 'super' Diva as she tries to make a media splash in order to further her modeling career is interesting to say the least, not to mention the insight into the mind of someone who craves the spotlight. And of course trying to decide whether Gravitix was a budding psychopath on his way to super-villainy or just an opportunistic capitalist was an amazing contrast to the innermost workings of our fledgling super-team.
I always look for one major characteristic when I read a new book, and it actually isn't whether I think the book is good or not, of course that would be a plus, but I want to know how I react to the characters. Do I ignore them like they are merely dressing for the plot, or do I find myself wanting to interact with them? Case in point, several times during this story, Shrinker plays on the others emotions to talk them into things, something that from an outside perspective is fairly obvious, and of course I wanted to smack them both upside their heads and point it out to them. As soon as I realized that, I knew it was a good book for me. As soon as I start wanting to encourage, condemn, comfort, or rage at a character in a story I'm following, I know that they author has hooked me, and I will continue reading whatever they put out until I can't feel the hook anymore.