Monday, March 5, 2018

Evernight, by Victor Milán

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Alternate History Superhero; Wild Cards) Candace thought her brother was dead until she saw him on TV, wanted for a terrorist attack in Paris. Now, knowing what he is and what he’s capable of, she desperately needs to find him. (16,795 words; Time: 55m)

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Pro: The best part of the story is the underground world itself. The Catacombs and the Paris Sewers are real places in Paris, and you can take tours of both of them, although there aren't any mutants there that I know of.

The last half of the story is full of tension and exciting plot twists. The outcome is sad but not unexpected.

Con: The story starts with an enormous infodump.

The bad guys, particularly La Vipère, are cardboard villains.

Some of the language is awkward. E.g. “After all, the Sharers not only do not need to move, they do not need to.” (Probably means “they do not want to.”) Or “The Nshombos and their goons had so much to answer for, she thought. But, on the bright side, most of them did.” (Probably means “most of them already had.)

People unfamiliar with the premise of the Wildcards series will find some of the story a bit confusing.

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