- File Size: 1378 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546395350
- Publisher: Christina McMullen (October 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LX4N8HQ
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the bottom looking up, it sounds glorious and epic. But is the life of a Super Human all it’s cracked up to be?
“A Shot at the Big Time” is a wry and satirical take on the Super Hero genre by Christina McMullen.
We are brought alongside Lisa who spends her days in Maxima City, at the bottom of the corporate ladder in the IT department. However, she happens to be one of the residents of that city gifted with a super power talent, and works in the company owned by one of the city’s biggest villains, known as Malevolents. At night, Lisa dons her “Mal” alter-ego “Frostbyte” to engage in nefarious activities and match talents against the members of the Liberty Gang.
Frostbyte has one goal, to face off against the city’s most popular hero: Magnificent Man and exact revenge for a childhood trauma. But getting such an A-list hero to notice a mere henchman is harder than it appears.
But, when Frostbyte finally gets her chance to join the upper echelon of the Coalition of Evil, she feels her chance to confront Magnificent Man is within her grasp … if only there wasn’t so much paperwork! What’s her brand going to be? How long does it take to get an appropriate costume? Who pays for all the damage done to the city after the fights?
Frostbyte quickly finds that the view from the top isn’t so black and white as it first appears, but filled with shades of gray on both sides, and a lot of committees.
“A Shot at the Big Time” is a very fun read and filled with delightful, sarcastic humor. If you enjoy stories where the real world invades the fantastic, then I recommend you give this imaginative story a read!
I loved it all in this book. I loved the characters, especially Lisa the IT girl by day and icy supervillain by night who's also known as Frostbyte--see what she did there? I thought Lisa's primary motivation was a great subversion and was played for laughs pretty well. And I really like it in superhero books when you get to see a protagonist's full life, from day job to what equates to a dating life or bar time in this case, to superhero shenanigans.
The world was also set up beautifully and had a lot of creative touches that I liked. I enjoyed the naming conventions for the Figs and Mals, as well as the reasoning for having or using Talent in the first place. Oh and powers are called Talents, which sometimes adds a confusing twist to things (as also recognized by Lisa) but gives this book more personality.
+Crisp writing, pages fly by smoothly.
+A smart and funny female lead
+Non-stop laughter (literally)
+Filled with tons of geeky easter eggs (lets count them together)
+Tons of creative heroes and villains--ahem--Figs and Mals with tons of pun-tastic names
I received an ARC (advanced review copy) of A Shot at the Big Time.
Even if I wasn’t done before I even started the novel, I would be done shortly into it. A Shot at the Big Time hits so many points in rapid succession. The lingo of the heroes and villains. The dry humor. The poking-fun at women’s fashion. The amazing attitude of our tech savvy protagonist. The abilities. The supporting cast. It’s all great.
There are many moving parts to the book, but the strong narration is what holds it in place. I really felt for our ‘evil’ protagonist as she progresses through the ranks and tries to do what she wants when there is so much politics buzzing around her and driving her nearly off the edge. Feels too much like life. Which it is, but in the fun context of absurd superheroes and villains. Speaking of those villains/heroes, I enjoyed the ideas behind them and how they mocked Marvel/DC characters.
I also really liked how the story wrapped up in that regard. Putting it all on its head and Lisa pushing along and making her own path. It was highly deserved. The door is definitely open for more at the end. And I don’t want it to end. I want to see more of Lisa and how her choices affect the world around her. The story was just that much fun.
So, basically: A Shot at the Big Time was absolutely joyful and I highly recommend it. Read it!
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