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What a great story. I went into this book with low expectations, as there are not many reviews, and I'm so glad I gave this one a try. This book is quick to action and delivers a heroine that is not afraid to use her superpowers from moment one. There is death and morality, . There are underlying stories that will come to surface. There is kindness and boy are there superpowers used the way we all secretly dream of using them. I was expecting a heroine that would be afraid to use her powers and only get one or two scenes where they were truly used. However, I consistently received my superpower fix and loved our heroine was not afraid to deliver an elevated level of violence to those that clearly deserved it, while still managing to keep a superman-esque level of morality.
This one is worth more than one credit.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I enjoy good tales about superheroes. This one had a decent story, generally well told, except for a few large and serious flaws.
The characterizations were generally good for the good guys, but cardboard cutouts for the bad guys. I particularly liked the protagonist. She was everything I like in a hero. Her evolution from terrified victim to reluctant hero is worth reading.
Unfortunately, there were significant flaws. The first I've already mentioned: the villains had no redeeming values. They were cardboard cutouts with no morals.
The second flaw is the writing itself. While the story was generally well told, the writing itself was problematic, although most of it could have been fixed by a decent editor. Grammar and word choice were often jarring, especially when incorrect, though similar sounding words were used. Incorrect jargon was also problematic, because it, too, jars one out of the story. (e.g., as a minor example, one never says "oh-five-hundred-a-m").
The final problem was one of physics. Yes, superheroes usually violate known laws of physics in stories by their very existence. But that doesn't mean the author should go overboard. The hero became too powerful. Like Superman, she could do things that go beyond super human and into the realm of the gods.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Kipjo K. Ewers or narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer?
Possibly if I was desperate for something to read. I would quite like to hear where the story goes but I'm not sure I can put myself through listening to more of that writing.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The First?
The part where our heroine is reciting long passages from a book about DNA then doing the same in Spanish.
Any additional comments?
If you are patient and don't mind listening to a book that appears to have been written by a teenager in a spare afternoon, you will probably enjoy the story. It is an interesting take on the superhero genre but by no means will it become a classic.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
wile the lead is written well enough, & I liked the idea of what makes people supers, it was the minor cast that felt unused, I think the best bit was when we found out more about the FBI agent.