|The Change (Unbounded #1) by Teyla Branton - Engaging soft sci-fi novel
||[Feb. 3rd, 2016|05:57 pm]
Julius Caesar's great-great-granddaughter
If you're looking for a romance novel, you might want to look elsewhere - the romance sub-plot in this novel plays only a very small part of the action (and there's no hot sex to be found, just a couple of passionate kisses). Also, no vampires, werewolves or demons. On the other hand, if you're looking for a stong female character that kicks ass and a novel that falls somewhere between urban fantasy and sci-fi, keep reading.
The basic set-up is that the heroine awakens in the hospital after a fiery accident has put her in the hospital. (note - somewhat detailed - if fire is a trigger, this might be too much for you) It turns out that she is one of a group of super-humans that all have super-healing, and other super-powers. The rest of this book is the heroine learning about her new world and powers. This is the first book in the series, and it mostly satisfies as a standalone, but it definitely leaves some things hanging.
I found the book generally engaging, and sometimes compelling, but there were also bits that made me feel like I could have done better. There's a lot of world building to go through, and the book tends to drag in places just because of that. And there were a couple of times when I started talking to the book going "No, you do this and this, not that". I can understand out-thinking the person who just found out about this world, but when I'm out-thinking the characters who've been around for hundreds of years, I get a little frustrated.
So, not the greatest story to consider the implications of near-immortality and super-genetics (or magical powers - it's really no different except what you call it), but a reasonably good one, and worth your time to see if you're interested in the rest of the series.