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Dark heroics for dark times

By D. D. Webb, author of The Gods are Bastards

Oct 8, 2014: Savannah Crest is a teenage girl with a crush on Paragon, the greatest superhero in the world. Not coincidentally, she happens to be the only person who knows how and why Paragon was murdered, and who did it. It’s not as if she can do much with this information, however, given the enemies she would make in the process. In the course of Savvy’s quest to get answers and find justice for her slain hero, she is drawn deeper into the world of heroes and villains . . . 

I’ll be honest, I’m leery of new superhero stories. It seems like you have to do something really interesting and imaginative to stand out in a genre that’s so well-worn and so dependent on flash over substance to begin with. Fixation, however, stands out well, even being only six chapters in at the time of this review. This is a story that’s going places and I look forward to going along.

It’s a character-driven plot, my favorite kind, and like all good examples of such is built upon a foundation of really well-drawn characters. Even with the relative lack of exposure to each of them at this point, their basic essence comes across clearly, giving the audience a good picture of who we’re dealing with. The one character whose motivations are something of an enigma really has to be, as it’s those motives which Savvy must puzzle out to understand what’s happening to her.

The writing is of very good quality, striking a great balance of action and descriptive text. The dialogue is particularly snappy. If I have one beef with the writing, it’s that it’s a little TOO snappy in places. Savvy narrates the action, and she sure loves her clever metaphors, to the point that it gets downright annoying at times. It’s possible to have too much teenage snark—there’s a time and a place.

Fixation’s site design is also rather irritating, using a WordPress theme which place an excessively tall header across the page, cutting down the amount of text shown on screen by a lot and forcing the readers to do a great deal of unnecessary scrolling. Some work needs to be done here; it’s not bad enough to make the story unreadable, but you don’t get far in any form of fiction by irritating your readers.

All in all, though, this is a story to watch, and one which will only grow more worth reading as it expands. Recommended!

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