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ANATHEMA

Everything the modern superhero movies try and fail to be.

By TanaNari, author of Price

Jul 6, 2016: Anathema is a complex story in a world teetering on the brink of collapse, full of memorable characters dealing with troubles both mundane and fantastic. Anathema establishes its tone early, with a character worshiped as a god who knows she’s as mortal. Then moves on to an underachieving wallflower trapped in her sister’s shadow.

As the story progresses, you’re introduced to one beautiful, complex characters after another. All are shown in the beautiful, hand-crafted way that only someone who loves their art can achieve. If you’re the type of reader who loves deep, fascinating characters, without pretentious Hollywood ego trips, this is the story for you.

That isn’t to say it’s without faults. The lack of professional editing sticks out in numerous places, with many "saidisms" and typos that spellcheck missed. For example, a robot makes its "guts" (meant to be ‘guns’) click.

That said, the grammar is better than the Harry Potter books, made even more impressive given that the author isn’t a native English speaker.

The worldbuilding and setting are nothing special even by the end of the first book, generic enough for the genre, reminiscent of the x-men in how it works and how the government tries to control the superhumans (re: evolved). Though somehow it’s the United Nations that have actual power in the setting, as opposed to the ‘write a strongly worded letter’ version of our world. This is something that never really gets explained.

So. Yeah. Read it for the characters and their personal trials. It’s where the story shines. Everything else is good enough, but doesn’t stand out.

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