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The New Humans by Henry Walker

A tale of young superhumans in the 1960s 

Allison Kinsey is a young superhuman girl growing up in 1960s Australia, in the midst of a worldwide hysteria caused by the emergence of the Flying Man, an extremely powerful superhero who refuses to refrain from meddling in the affairs of man. She and her friends live at an experimental school run by the eccentric Dr. Lawrence Herbert in the West Australian Wheatbelt. These are their adventures.

Note: The New Humans contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

A serialized novel, updating sporadically

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Listed: Aug 6, 2017


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Interesting but could be tighter

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Sep 20, 2017: This is another story taking the popular theme of how our recent history might have unfolded if a minority of people started getting superpowers. Set in Australia in the 1960’s, the government is taking a heavy handed approach picking up and detaining children suspected of having powers to do tests on them. Public opinion is fearful and suspicious of the new "demi-humans".

However there is one alternative for the lucky few – one man named Lawrence has started a group home and school for which he is allowed to recruit some individuals. It’s not clear why the government tolerates this as he obviously can’t control them beyond their respect for him and one alumni appears to have become a villain. The story unfolds from the perspective of a young girl who is rescued from a miserable prison-like government facility and enters the home/school where she meets others with various interesting powers.

I love reading about her unique power – she senses the metabolism of living beings as individual musical songs, and from this she is able to incorporate notes into her own being and absorb knowledge, skills, and, temporarily, powers. This intriguing concept is a lot of what kept me reading.

The story is written in a tongue-in-cheek, wryly humourous way and sometimes gets a little too caught up in its cleverness, meandering in extended conversations. While the unfolding of the world and the interactions among the "new humans" is interesting. I don’t get any clear sense of plot yet. Eight generously long chapters in, nothing much of consequence has really happened since Allison’s arrival at the school, besides the introduction of a number of cool characters and powers and some history and backstories.She’s also rather more poised and well-adjusted than you might expect of a 8 year old who’s gone through what she has – but that may be a side effect of her powers. There is a lot of potential but I’m not sure where the author is going to go with it. That said, it is well written – clean and professional in terms of sentence structure vocabulary, etc., and generally fun to read, if a bit overly drawn out at times.

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Man’s reach must exceed his grasp.

By Snuggle Squiggle, author of Endless Stars

Feb 5, 2019: The New Humans is a story that tries very hard.

It’s a long-form serial that’s been updating irregularly for over two years now. It’s a kind of period piece, exploring superpowers in 60s Australia.

And it suffers from that common double-edge sword of serials: the writer is improving. The opening chapters are rough. Just as you’ve heard many times before — for many different serials — it gets better.

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New Story, New Humans

By Walter, author of The Fifth Defiance

Feb 7, 2018: The New Humans tells the story of a world like ours, save that people with superpowers exist, and one of them ‘ended’ the Cold War.

The Good:

This story is well written. The author’s prose is engaging and descriptive. It evinces a wry sense of humor which keeps the faintly horrific subject matter (children abused for their talents) from overwhelming the story with bleakness.

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The Shadows Of Innocence

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Sep 15, 2019: The New Humans was a hard sell for me. I’m not much for child protagonists, school-setting stories, or child protagonists in school-setting stories. And while I don’t think there needs to be explosions in every chapter, slow-burn character dramas tend to feel like a slog to go through, even when you throw super powers into the mix.

I’m glad I gave the story a second chance, however. The New Humans is a well crafted tale that does a fine job exploring [more . . .]

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