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Meta (The Meta Superhero Novel Series: Book #1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : November 1, 2013
- File size : 667 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- ASIN : B00GCICW6O
- Publisher : Propulsive Press; 3rd edition (November 1, 2013)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Language: : English
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1492263710
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The 'Super Hero Genre' is becoming generic...and this book is the 'girl alone discovers she has magic power and there is an evil wizard out to get her....good vs evil ensues, etc....of fantasy version of 'super hero genre'.
All the stock elements are there.
Teenage guy discovers he has (of course mysterious) powers? check
Mysterious death of parents/angst? check
mysterious super bad guy? check
mysterious 'other' good guys'? check
crush on cute girl who has no idea he exists? check
previous history rich/back story (but no big flashbacks thank goodness)? check
moral ambiguity/should I/can I/will I kill? check
thinly drawn best friend? check
ending out of left field? check
"BUT WAIT! in the NEXT issue/edition there will be MORE..."! check
Of the DC/Marvel school, this feels more like Charleton Comics (ie, 2nd tier).
The brother character had possibilities- but he seemed such a blatant 'information source for the reader' is all.A VERY obvious ploy. Ditto the girlfriend vs the female hero.... gee, WHO will our main character pick?
Sure I read it, will I buy the 2nd/3rd edition? no. It just felt forced, and at times abbreviated. Certainly captured the boredom of the job tho- I was completely bored during those segments. The write/dialogue just felt...weak. There was no sizzle or spark. I was glad when it ended just to get the (obvious) climax out of the way- the ending felt rather forced- another chapter or two maybe?
Any one got any other suggestions? This seems to be a growing genre.
And then comes the day when Connor awakens to mysterious silver metabands on his wrists, these endowing him with a wide range of superhuman abilities. And these wrist bands constitute the one sort of unique element in this book, that they're the source of the metas' diverse powers. Suddenly, a costumed Connor - soon to call himself "Omni" - is out in the streets fighting crime, never mind that he's a hapless amateur. Suddenly, he's being tutored by a grizzled vigilante named Midnight. And, suddenly, he's repeatedly running into a mysterious girl who boasts her own set of metabands. Also, he lands a job picking up trash at the lakefront. Things are looking up, yo.
And, suddenly, new metas are surfacing again.
META aspires to the grit and realism of Josh Trank's CHRONICLE, but can't quite get there. As a devout comic book-head, there's enough in the story for me to recommend it, marginally. It's a fun enough read, but it's not exactly the world's best executed narration. The writer introduces tropes that feel like tropes, no original twists or fresh takes. The characters all feel familiar, and I mean that they come off two-dimensional. Nothing here surprised me, from Connor's awkwardness and predictable teen crush to his dour mentor Midnight's being too Batman-y. I guess my biggest issue is with the lead character. He's such a generic protagonist and comes across as super-whiny. Frankly, Midnight and Iris are far more intriguing characters. I wasn't into Connor's having so many powers as I prefer my super to have one singular ability that he applies creatively. META is the first in a series - followed by THE SECOND WAVE and RISE OF THE CIRCLE - so the writer wanted to keep the explanations and further developments for the next installments. The most glaring omission is what is up with the metabands? I haven't read the sequels yet so I don't know if we learn the origin of the metabands (the supposition is that they're alien tech). I did like the writer's detailing of other metas' experiences with their metabands (especially the Magician's). Anyway, I need for someone to swear to me that Connor gets more interesting in further books for me to dive into them. Otherwise, there's plenty of other superhero prose that examine what it means to be a hero. In fact, below's a list.
I'm not that grammarian who gets off on pointing out editing snafus, but a string of words like "barely conscience little girl" is pretty unforgiveable.
Recommended superhero prose:
- Marion G. Harmon's Wearing the Cape
- Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes
- Jim Bernheimer's Confessions of a D-List Supervillain
- Matthew Phillion's The Indestructibles
- Mur Lafferty's Playing for Keeps
- P.S. Power's Proxy (The Infected Book 1)
- Trey Dowell's The Protectors: A Thriller
- R S J Gregory's Cosmic Girl: Rising Up
- Blake M. Petit's Other People's Heroes
- C.J. Carella's Armageddon Girl (New Olympus Saga, Book 1)
- Rob Rogers' Devil's Cape
- Joshua Guess' Next (The Next Chronicle Book 1)
- Blake Northcott's Arena Mode
- Kirby Moore's Starfall City
- Emmie Mear's The Masked Songbird (Shrike Book 1)
- Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible
- George R.R. Martin's classic Wild Card anthologies
At first it seemed like a problem, but Thanks to Tom Reynolds's energetic storytelling, it's actually a strength. The action is captivating and the story movies forward incredibly fast.
It's also easy To read, which I love as a slow reader. The chapter are short and perfectly paced. It makes you want To read one more chapter and before you know, you're 52% In.
I usually hate the first person present narration ("I'm going To the room. It's dark" vs "I went to the room. It was dark"). Every single YA book since Hunger Games seems To use this stupid technique. But just like In Hunger Games, it grew on me until I didn't even notice it.
Reading this made me instantly buy the rest of the series. Well worth the ridiculously low price. If you have any love for superheroes, than don't wait. Power up your meta bands and fly in to action with Omni. Nuff said!
Top reviews from other countries
The novel is told in the first person and Connor is instantly likeable in this role with his tragic past, his awkward encounters with his crush, Sarah, and his relationship with his mysterious mentor, Midnight.
There are plenty of action scenes as the story unfolds and builds up to the final encounter. Along the way however there are also some funny moments as Connor discovers his powers and tries to keep up his normal life working at the lake.
Fans of the podcasts that Tom co-hosts with his good friend Tim will also recognise a few references with one in particular towards the end that caused me to laugh out loud on my morning commute. It was worth the awkward glances I received!
Overall I would recommend this as being well worthy of a read as it was fast paced, entertaining, amusing and with some interesting characters for whom there is still a lot of mystery to be solved, perhaps in a future novel..
The first thing that draws you to this book is its excellent cover, featuring a superhero silhouetted in front of a setting sun, hovering above a city, with the title and author name emblazoned just above and behind the character's head. Ladies and gentleman, if you are thinking of self-publishing, this is the standard of cover you should aspire to.
The book is basically the origin story of new superhero Omni, aka Conner Connolly. Following the infamous Battle, superheroes, or Metas as Reynolds calls them, disappeared from the public eye, most likely because of the collateral death toll of the Battle, or because the Meta bands (think Wonder Woman's bracelets), which granted normal human beings superpowers, stopped working. Connor is the first of a new wave of Metas who received these bands. It's not clear from the novel how people are picked by the bands, as in Green Lantern, but for Connor, they seem to latch on to him rather like a symbiotic life-form (like Spiderman and Venom). The rest of the novel, Connor spends his time trying to master his fear of the powers he's been given, whilst trying to learn how to use the powers and keep his identity a secret, which is difficult considering the almost omniscience of smartphones and CCTV. Oh, and there is a new super villain, the Controller (not the fat guy from Thomas the Tank Engine), who can manifest huge monsters and has the habit of sending them after Metas. Luckily, Connor is taken under the wing by Midnight, a man who wears a black cape and cowl to protect his identity, has no super-powers but knows how to take Metas down, uses martial arts and an array of gadgets including a grapnel gun (no rewards for guessing who this one is based on), and a new lady Meta, Iris.
The story is set entirely in and around the fictional Bay View City. By far the most interesting thing about the setting of the book is of course the Metas. The book briefly explores the theories about the origins of the Meta bands, with the most likely theory being that they are an alien technology that has ended up on earth by design or accident. The Meta bands are made from an extra-terrestrial metal that bond to wearer at a genetic level. They can be removed when powered down, but are useless to anyone else (at least until the wearer is dead). The bands magnify the wearer's physical attributes and grant them various super powers, in Omni's case, flight, teleportation, super-strength and speed, the ability to freeze. The other interesting development in Reynold's world is that human's inspired by the Meta-powered decided to put on masks and become vigilantes too, with varying degrees of success. Some were pretty much fan-clubs and fodder for criminals and super-villains to pound on, others became side-kicks to Metas, but a few managed to make a name for themselves, chief amongst the latter being, Midnight, Reynolds homage to Batman.
Connor Connolly comes across as the average teen, trying to get through school without drawing too much attention to himself, which is even more difficult when you're the only person in the class who lost someone during the Battle; especially when the current topic of study is the Battle. Even when he receives his powers, Connor comes across as being well-grounded and morally upstanding, which kind of makes him a little boring. For most part, he follows instructions (from Midnight and Iris) and tries and stay off the Controller's radar. He would have been a lot more interesting if he had shown more angst over his loss and more adventurous in exploring his powers. Reynolds does try to illustrate Connor's internal struggle and perhaps his personal past is what stops Connor from going all out with his powers.
The writing is solid enough and the plot doesn't seem to vary much from the typical comic book hero's journey. The comic book influences are clear throughout (leaning more towards DC comics), and yet despite this (or maybe because of this) I found Meta compelling reading. There are better examples of this kind of fiction out there, namely Jade Kerrion's Double Helix series, and the Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart and Legion, but nevertheless this is a decent superhero story and a good YA novel. I wasn't blown away by this book but I most certainly did enjoy it and on that basis recommend this book to you.
The teen angst that is typical in these sorts of books is there but it does not overwhelm. That would have made me put down the book instantly as most writers seem to either overdo it or not include it at all.
I find myself wanting to read more on this character and felt it was too fast paced even though it was the best speed for this kind of book/story.
If you are looking for a superhero book that's easy to get into, enjoy and fully immerse oneself in, then this is a perfect example of what you want.
The whole plot was great. I loved the idea of having these meta bands which once worn became a part of you and could only be worn by you after the first time worn.
I definitely recommend this if you feel like a fun superhero romp with awkward teen "love story" staring to blossom. I'm looking forward to starting The Second Wave shortly.
I thought Meta was light hearted and fun, with a good mix of action and a couple of the plot lines made me laugh out loud by the pool (did I mention I'm writing this on holiday). I read the book in a single day and was deeply disappointed that I couldn't get the sequel immediately.
In summary, a fun and innovative read that I would be happy to recommend to anyone and considering I would not normally write a review that's substantial praise in itself. Give it a shot....