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Domina City by Discar

Superpowers and biotech. 

Domina City. “The City of the Lady.” Built on a trash island in the West Atlantic by the labor of white-collar criminals, paid for by the United States and the Vatican, Domina was meant to be a beacon of hope and prosperity. A test, proving that criminals could be put to a better use than clogging up prisons.

Thirty years after building started, Domina is a blight on the face of the world, soaked in the blood of millions. Death is a fact of daily life. Gangs rule by no other than law their own strength, and entire cultures have arisen built on legends. Angels, demons, vampires and more fight each other for money and control. The fey release their monsters on the streets for no reason other than their own amusement, and bystanders are always caught in the crossfire. Every living soul in the city is a killer.

But even so, life goes on. People go to work, fall in love, raise families. The city grinds away, and the people survive.

Into this maelstrom of chaos comes Adam Anders, a young man trying to go to college with his friend. He has no idea what he has just stepped into. But then, Domina is in for a few surprises as well . . . 

Note: Domina City contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

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Welcome to an RPG city

By G.S. Williams, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

Apr 25, 2012: "Domina City" is a manmade floating city with bizarre inhabitants. The citizens use biotech to have "buffs" that make them look like angels, demons and vampires, among other things. They can earn money by taking tasks from a computerized job board. The main character and his room-mate use it to get a job catching a rat, which is a common task.

So basically it’s a lot like reading a video game. When a character earns enough money they can buy health upgrades or new skills. The narrator is from out of town and led a pretty sheltered existence since he doesn’t know much at all about this infamous city. That means readers get to sit through expository info dumps every time he talks to another character.

So if any of that sounds better than playing a Final Fantasy instead, check it out. The author has tried to create cultures and details so if they can one day break away from the gamer stereotypes they might have some interesting ideas.

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