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WORM

Rich, Dark Soil

By Um the Muse, member

Jun 25, 2012: I registered on this site (which I’ve been lurking for awhile) just to review this.

Worm is fascinating in a lot of different ways, but let’s cover the basics first.

The basic premise is an aspiring superheroine who can mind-control various creepy crawlies. Taylor, our protagonist, seems to creep a lot of people out, and with good reason. She can be cunning, ruthless, and unyielding (she’s taken a knife wound to the gut once without flinching). She has shown an uncanny ability to expertly capitalize on the slightest weakness. And, of course, her power involves bugs, what else would you expect?

Still, for all of her strong survivor spirit, she has shown a nobility that transcends her infamy. In a world where the "good guys" constantly makes compromises for their own ends or to protect the status quo, it’s very easy to cheer for Taylor.

Worm is also fascinating for having a rich world environment. Wildbow, the author, has so far demonstrated a genius in developing deep characters with unique powers and/or limitations. Other reviewers have written on this better than I could, so I’ll leave it at that.

The best part about the story, in my opinion, is that the author is not afraid of writing himself into a corner story-wise. The story is interesting because you honestly don’t know for sure how even Taylor is going to react, or how she and her gang are going to survive. Wildbow himself has said that he doesn’t always know—yet, he hasn’t missed a single update.

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