Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Phoebe is on the run from an abusive past, but she’s headed in the wrong direction, literally. A guy on the bus offers instructions to help her—right before he thwarts an attack on his life by stopping a bullet with his bare hand. Phoebe’s acceptance of help from this guy (Crowne) will mean entering a strange world below ground, but the stakes of joining that world are high in The Underground by author Suzanne D. Williams.
I’m still a science fiction newbie (book wise, at least), but I enjoyed this novella. Given Phoebe’s predicament and all she doesn’t know, I wondered for a while if she’d only be a “damsel in distress” type of character: confused, scared, and depending on superhuman Crowne for everything. So I was pleased to find that even with her pain, Phoebe is smart and curious with wit and fire to her.
Some awkward wording and commas in odd places put a little hitch in my reading a few times. I was kind-of expecting more of a central “mission” to be accomplished in the story, but there may be more of that later in the series. Besides, finding out exactly who you are and how you fit into someone else’s life can be quite a mission on its own.
Though I know that sci-fi often requires readers to accept things that may seem off or bizarre, my quasi-conservative self wasn’t sure about some stuff in this book. But a compelling thread in the story kept me reading: the thought that your destiny is greater than other people’s questionable or faulty plans or actions toward you.
It could be interesting to see what happens next in the series…
The Underground is Book One in the Superhuman series.