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THE EXPERIMENT

Being A Superhero Kind Of Sucks

By JPV1000, author of Warbler

Feb 19, 2016: Like, seriously, how does superintelligence help you pay rent? It does not stop your boss from harassing you, it does not change the fact that you’re going to end up living with your parents again, and it does not change the fact that people keep attacking you in the dead of night.

Such are the challenges faced by our hero in The Experiment, and, to be quite honest, the juxtaposition is brilliant. Dan has amazing powers, and appears to be continuing to gain more, but they really don’t affect the everyday problems he has. That’s the beauty of The Experiment—he is a normal, average human being, doing everyday, relateable things.

The Experiment is beautifully, professionally written. It’s just a joy to read Edwards’s writing, as it’s fast-paced, witty, and often hilarious. Other reviewers have said that the writing lacks a message, it lacks commentary, that it ‘plays it safe’, so to speak. They’re right, that there is no social message at the heart of The Experiment, but there need not be. There is no need for every story to be ‘deep’, and the Superhero genre in webfiction is very deep and dark as of late. The Experiment defies that trend, which makes for a refreshing change of pace.

There are definitely some issues—navigation could be better, and there’s not really a good Table of Contents. In fact, the Table of Contents that is there seems to indicate that it’s maybe ten parts long, when each of those parts is, in reality, about four installments in length. (Which is by no means a bad thing.)

In the end though, the fact that it kept me up till 2:00 AM says it all, doesn’t it?

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