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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Paying homage to DC comic's New Teen Titans

    Fifteen years ago during the Meta Wars, tweener MetaHuman Teresa "Trance" West was a decent telepath assigned to the government's Ranger Corps. However, in the battle of Central Park against Bane's minion, she and her comrades in arms lost their powers. Ever since the loss of her superpower Teresa has done all types of work with her current job being a waitress shorted on tips in Portland, Oregon.

    However, without warning her lost skill returns, but not quite the same as she has so much more abilities than before. Realizing she has too much to control, which she fears will kill her, Trance quickly rushes to a devastated Los Angeles where Rangers headquarters has been reestablished and meets her former teammates. Their adversary is an enigmatic stealer Spector, who wants the MetaHuman unit members dead before they become a formidable cohesive squad.

    Paying homage to DC comic's New Teen Titans; Kelly Meding provides an entertaining superhero vs. supervillain urban fantasy. Filled with action from the moment the young MetaHumans begin to realize their powers returned though none know why, sub-genre fans will enjoy this fun thriller starring a cast of wannabe limited developed heroes getting an unexpected second chance and a kick butt opponent in dead zoned Los Angeles.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    This is the first book in the MetaWars series by Kelly Meding. I

    This is the first book in the MetaWars series by Kelly Meding. It is also the first Kelly Meding book I have read. I have had her Dreg City book on my TBR shelf almost since the beginning, but for some reason they keep slipping down on my list. 

    This book starts off very violently. A group of Meta children are running for there very lives through Central Park, being chased by Banes. As we find out, Metas are the names given to people who have special abilities, like shape-changing, telepathy, telekinesis and other areas that fall under the heading Metaphysics. The Banes are the bad guys with these powers, the good guys are called Rangers. They all have code names based on their talents. A war has been going on between the Rangers and Banes and we enter into what is the last stand of the war.

    The story is told solely from the perspective of Teresa, or Trance as is her public handle. Just as it looks like the children are about to be wiped out, they all fall in agony. The story picks up 15 years later. Something had happened that day and every Meta lost their powers. The adult Banes were rounded up and locked on the Island of Manhattan It was turned into a large prison and they were left to basically live out their lives under the armed guards watching from high towers and walls around Manhattan. All of the children were put into foster care scattered around the country and left to grow up as norms. 

    Teresa is now 25 years old and working 3 jobs just to pay the rent and be able to eat on a semi-regular basis. Most of the time, she has to resort to eating left over food off of the plates that come back into the kitchen of one of the restaurants she works at. The world is still in a state of chaos from the massive destruction of the war between the Rangers and Banes. When her powers returned, it is with the nearly the same agony as when they left. Oddly enough, she doesn't receive her powers, but the powers of her grandmother. Unsure of what to do, Teresa starts hitchhiking toward Los Angles to the last Headquarters of the Rangers. 

    As a huge fan of Superheroes, both comics and movies, I was sure that I was going to love this book. And it was very good. The untested leader who keeps second guessing herself. The anti-hero who believes that he is doing the world a favor by getting rid of the Metas, and thus becomes the villain. Some wise cracking secondary characters to give comic relief. And enough twists and turns to keep everything rolling along and interesting. I will say, that this was a very violent and bloody book. But, they are fighting a war, and no war has ever been fought without casualties or bloodshed. I didn't figure out who the big bad guy was until it was revealed at the end of the book. There was little to no foreshadowing of who it could be. With this book being told first person, it is hard to get a handle on all the characters, but I am hoping that we will find out more as the series progresses. Overall this was a great start to the series.

    I am giving this book 5 stars on Goodreads. It is not a happy, happy, joy, joy kind of book. However, it reminds us that there are good people out there, who may not be perfect, but are trying to make a difference in the world, that second chances are worth giving, and that even in the most helpful individuals lurk the seeds of destruction and violence. This is worth a read, or maybe even two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Great superhero fiction

    Hits all of the comic book genre's tropes overall a rerrific read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Like X-men but better

    I loved it, can't wait for the next one

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  • Posted November 10, 2011

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    Very Good!

    Trance by Kelly Meding is a combination of superpowers with good/evil. I liked the way Meding put this together. Trance is a good Ranger who lost her powers at a young age and had been working dead end jobs. She regains her powers and joins other Rangers who also recently regained their powers. This book is a good start to a series. I have not read her Dreg books, but picked this up based on reviews of her books. I was not disappointed.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    So much better than X-Men

    This is the first book by Kelly Meding's that I have read and I must say that I am a huge fan of hers right now. This book is pretty much like X-men but so much better. There are Meta's who are humans with super powers and there is both a good side (Ranger Corp) and a bad side (Banes) within the superhuman race.

    The book starts off with the final battle between the Banes and Ranger Corp 15 years ago, the day the Meta's lost their power. It took me a minute to get my bearing because the book starts off with a mans face melting off and someone called Mayhem chasing them. So right away you are thrown into the action of the fight. The attention to detail that the author put into her work is really something. No wonder it was 16 years in the making. You are instantly sucked in and you feel for the characters. Especially after they get their powers back and set out to find the other children from the Ranger Corp only to find that some of them have either been killed or attacked by the main enemy Specter. This isn't a book where everyone lives happily ever after and that is probably one of the things that I really liked about it. Some of the team members die in combat or even before they can find each other after getting their powers back.

    However, I did like the romance between Gage and Teresa. Even at the beginning of the book when Teresa is recounting the last fight before they lost their powers, she talks about her crush on Gage then. She even uses her power on him when he is afraid, to give him the courage that he needed to continue to lead them as kids in hopes of survival. So I liked that her and Gage are the first ones to meet up afterward in the book.

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