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Strickland tosses a compelling andbelievable romance into the mix, with a timely twist of its own. Youwill find yourself cheering not just for Lyra, but for Lyra'sspecial someone. (Face it: it ain't easy having a superhero for agirlfriend!) Surely a good deal of Lyra's appeal is that that hersuperpowers do not make her any less vulnerable emotionally. [...]
All in all, a superb first novel. Strickland's very humancharacters, dramatic pacing and timing of plot elements keeps usengaged from cover to cover and he leaves us with the assurance thatthere is plenty more where that came from. - Greg Thomas, M.A. and former Instructor of English and Humanities
From the Back Cover
Miraculously surviving the blast, Lyra undergoes traumatic changes that alter her physiology, right down to her DNA. Through this exposure, Lyra discovers that she has gained the supernatural ability to effect far greater change. Donning the mantle of a helpful heroine, Lyra puts herself in harms way to save the innocent. However, she quickly discovers that having superhuman powers does not reconcile human fallibility, and even one critical mistake can have devastating consequences.
Faced with the cost of her attempted heroics, she suffers doubt and guilt over the blood of those she failed to save. As she struggles with the consequences of her choices, the city comes under threat from another, more powerful enhanced being. Lyra must face her fears and failings in order to stand against the rising tide of rage and vengeance that threatens the city and its inhabitants, or risk losing everything in the epic conflict to come.
- ASIN : B07XKGJNXS
- Publication date : October 10, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3135 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 410 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #235,681 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Bryan Strickland's Lyra Rayne: Ground Zero steps outside of all that.
Lyra Rayne is an intelligent grad student who enjoys mixed martial arts, partying with her friends, and helping people as much as she can. She stands up for what she believes in and takes no crap she isn't owed.
Lyra works as a research assistant with her mentor, Professor Grant Hill, and his other assistant, Gerald. They're research is focused on an energy source that would eliminate the need for fossil fuels. Their world is like our world, with similar problems and political debates. Their efforts are altruistic: affordable, 100% clean energy for the entire world.
Lyra's also very human. She empathizes with people who aren't like her. She speaks up when she sees people being mistreated. She gets to the lab late more often than not. She makes questionable decisions and beats herself up when they blow up in her face.
And boy, do some of them blow up in her face. My mistakes pale in comparison to some of hers. But then she picks herself up, dusts herself off, and heads back into the fray to fight again. Every single time. Which is part of the beauty of this book, and one of its many life lessons.
Every superhero needs its origin story, and Lyra is no different. One day, the university's lab explodes, Lyra nearly dies trying to save Gerald. When she wakes up the next morning, she's got abilities most people only dream of. After testing her abilities to the limit, she realizes she now has the potential to do so much more good, and off she goes, headstrong and eager.
Bryan Strickland's writing style draws you in, winding tales that force you to confront your worldview. His characters find themselves in situations that leave you wondering what you'd have done. They learn hard lessons, and realize things about themselves that they don't necessarily like, and figure out how to keep moving forward because the only way out is through. And in the end, they come out better for it.
I didn't realize how much I needed this book.
The situations in which Lyra finds herself are harrowing. The science she works with is intriguing. The fight scenes even kept me on the edge of my seat. But Lyra's humanity is what hooked me. Her determination and gumption are what will have me waiting with bated breath for the next book.
However, the second half, wherein we are introduced to the supervillain, was ridiculous, trite, and HEAVILY foreshadowed. I find it incredibly annoying when i can tell you every single upcoming plot point, villain, and conflict outcome with Oracle-like certainty. This is a super hero story, so there will, of course, be some common elements; though the current trend of heroes blaming themselves for other peoples actions i find personally aggravating. However, TRY to inject a little originality. The first half was full of it in many small ways; the second half was plotted like the author was following a Superhero Plots For Dummies script.
The plot is predictable, but it doesn't pretend to be otherwise. The villain is flat, but still works for the story. The pseudoscience is actually quite good, no complaints there.
The side characters are maybe 2.5 dimensional. There is technically a romance, but just one or two lines you can read a shred of chemistry into. If I hadn't read the description, I might have thought the MC was completely straight.
If you like fight scenes, inventive pseudoscience, and superhero origin stories, this is for you.