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Posted May 25, 2012
Brave New World: Revolution is the first book in Matt Forbeck’s trilogy set in the Brave New World roleplaying universe. (It is also the first book released in Forbeck’s 12 for ’12 project, his mad attempt at writing a book every month of 2012.) As with everything I have been reading lately, I came into this novel with no prior knowledge of the game or setting. However, being the comic book nerd that I am, the two beginning scenes featuring a hostage situation and a battle for the fate of a city with a super villain, felt like a warm, welcoming blanket. From there the book flashes forward and the rest of the way is a well-paced romp through a plot that feels part 1984 and part X-Men vs. the Sentinels.
The book does an excellent job at fleshing out the characters who, I imagine, will be the main players throughout the trilogy. Forbeck’s use of multiple viewpoints goes a long way toward developing the characters that are telling the story. However, going forward, I am resolving myself to not become too attached to any particular characters because the characters I liked the best in Brave New World: Revolution all died. Forbeck managed to create significant emotional impact with these deaths, and they were not random by any means. I personally just don’t want to feel like I’m jinxing any more characters.
If I had a complaint about the book it was that I felt it could have used a little more depth at points. I know that this feeling most likely springs from the fact that Forbeck turned out this polished bit of fiction in a month. However, there were times where I felt like I was only getting 90% of the story that Forbeck wanted to tell.
Ultimately, Brave New World: Revolution is a promising start to Forbeck’s trilogy and is definitely a new hope.” This is a must read for any fans of superheroes, alternate history, action, or dystopian stories.
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