Black and White

Black and White

by Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge
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Black and White by Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge

It's the ultimate battle of good versus good.

They were best friends at an elite academy for superheroes in training, but now Callie Bradford, code name Iridium, and Joannie Greene, code name Jet, are mortal enemies. Jet is a by-the-book hero, using her Shadow power to protect the citizens of New Chicago. Iridium, with her mastery of light, runs the city’s underworld. For the past five years the two have played an elaborate, and frustrating, game of cat and mouse.

But now playtime’s over. Separately Jet and Iridium uncover clues that point to a looming evil, one that is entwined within the Academy. As Jet works with Bruce Hunter—a normal man with an extraordinary ability to make her weak in the knees—she becomes convinced that Iridium is involved in a scheme that will level the power structure of America itself. And Iridium, teaming with the mysterious vigilante called Taser, uncovers an insidious plot that’s been a decade in the making…a plot in which Jet is key.

They’re both right. And they’re both wrong. Because nothing is as simple as Black and White.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553386318
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Jackie Kessler is the author of the Hell on Earth series, a sexy, funny dark paranormal about a succubus-turned-stripper who ran away from Hell (devilish antics ensue).

Caitlin Kittredge has been an unrepentant geek since the age of twelve, when she first saw "Star Wars." When she's not writing about super-powered dystopias, she blogs, goes to the movies, reads books and comics voraciously, collects vintage clothes, and turns her music up too loud. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with a garage full of comics and two pushy cats.

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Black and White 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
hlyshtbtmn More than 1 year ago
Not being all that big on comics or movies based on comics, my expectations for Black and White weren't that high. Don't get me wrong, I love both jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge and knew they would put together a fantastic story, but I didn't think it would be my cup of tea. I was so wrong. This book blew me out of the water, and has officially made me a huge fan. When I first flipped through the book (I like to get a feel for the layout before I start reading), I noticed that the book was split up into sections of "Now" and "Then", and that each of these sections were split up between the two main characters, Jet and Iridium. What sounds confusing, ended up melding together perfectly. At the end of each "Now" section, the reader is left with a cliffhanger, but is then sucked into the past in the following "Then" section. This could have easily become confusing and choppy, but for Jet and Iridium's "frenemies" realationship, it was the perfect way to progress the story while still giving the reader the background information needed to truly understand what's going on. Almost every chapter in Black and White switches between Jet and Iridium, with a few actually integrating both. Each writer gives their character a unique and distinct voice, while still blending seemlessly together (Jackie Kessler writes Jet, Caitlin Kittredge writes Iridium). Even when one writer was writing about conflicts between Jet and Iridium, the parts involving the character that was not their's did not stray out of character. And secondary characters blended seemlessly between the two writers also. Black and White kept me constantly on my toes and completely surprised. Coming from someone who tends to figure things out a couple scenes ahead, this is what sets this novel apart from most. I recommend this book to both comic book lovers, and urban fantasy readers who are looking for something new within the genre.
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UrbanFantasyGuy More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be a fan of superheroes or comic books to like this novel. In fact I can't say that I've ever been interested in either of them. It's about two former friends, now enemies, that attended the same school for superheroes. This book plenty of drama as you would expect from something with superheroes and villians but it is also extremely funny. Kessler (Jet) and Kittredge (Iridium) do a great job displaying the differences between the two characters but at the same time show how very similar they are. This one of a kind novel lures you in and makes you crave the next installment by the last page. 5 stars for this unique novel by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge.
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kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I dragged my feet when it came to reading this book. I didn't think I'd enjoyed the story, being that I'm not really into superheros. This book done proved me wrong because I absolutely I loved it! Jackie Kessler writes Joannie Greene (code-name Jet) (shadow), the superhero who is the darling Lady Shadow of New Chicago; Caitlin Kittredge writes Callie Bradford (code-name-Iridium) (light) runs the city's underworld. This story tells the tale of two friends who depended on one another to survive growing up and started out on the same course in life, but eventually both took very different paths. They say opposites attract and that saying holds true for Jet and Iridium. Jet's goal in life was always to use the power of her shadows to save people. Jet is a cookie cutter representative for "the man", Corp-co. Corp-co is responsible for keeping the "extrahumans" in line and training them to serve the people. Iridium is a futuristic robin-hood, who's a thick thorn in Corp-Co's side and also her so called friend, Jet. Unconcerned with photo-ops and fan worship, Iridium thinks, speaks and acts for the unfortunates Corp-Co plows over everyday. This story was well written, the world building fantastic and the repeated pendulum swing between the past and the present flawless. Their was plenty of action, twits and turns, displays of heroism and very little sex scenes. I highly recommend this book to dark urban fantasy readers and also look forward to the next book in the series Shades of Gray due out 6/22/2010.
M-Carlton More than 1 year ago
Imagine what the world would be like if super-hero's were real. Now imagine that same world, but instead of the Heroes charging off to Battle the "Bad Guys", They have to stop and clear every action through a Corporate Comittee. "Whats that, Super Steve? Someone is Robbing First Federal Bank? No, I'm afraid thats not on the schedule today, Perhaps after the Photo-shoot for Guy's Health Magazine and your interview on Entertainment Tonight." Iridium and Jet live on opposite ends of the Polarized world. On the one Hand, Iridium Fights crime outside of the law, often stealing from the Corporate Establishment that outlawed her years before, using her Light Based powers to fight crime on its own terms. with a Fowl mouth and a Nasty temper, she Does what she must and makes no excuses for her ruthles outlook on the world. Then there is Iridium, A shadow power hero that always follows the rules and fears her own powers even as she uses them. The Pinnacle of her corporate sponsor's ideal of the "Perfect Hero", she tow's the line while smiling to the crowd and reminding everyone to brush their teeth before going to bed. The story follows their story as once friends at the training academy to their current conflict from opposite sides of the Law. But a Dark force is behind the latest series of events that seems to be drawing the two back together again. When all is said and done, they will need to depend on each other to survive the machinations of the Corporation that makes decisions on stock prices, the public that mostly fears and in some case despises them, and a mysterious plot that may very well end them both. If you Enjoyed "The Watchmen" and its darker look at what the life of a Hero in a more realistic and Corrupted world would be, then I suggest you check out "Black and White". Be aware there is some Foul language and adult situations- I'd give it a PG-13. Enjoy!
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I've never been one to seek out superhero novels but through word of mouth and staff recommendations at my B&N I picked this one up and I am extremely happy that I did! The pacing story and amazing characters suck you into this story and lock you in with it's supergrip. I dare you to not read this book in a day! I am an instant fan of a new genre, this is why it always pays to try something new based on endcaps and staff recommendations. If you are looking for something new, exciting and terrifically written then you must read this book. One of the best reads you will find all summer.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The extrahumans attend the Academy where they obtain intensive training learning how to control their super powers before going out amongst civilians to stop crime. Five years after graduating from the Academy, Joannie "Jet" Greene tries to catch her former school roommate Callie "Iridium" Bradford for dealing with unsanctioned (by the ruling Corps) criminals. The pair was once best friends, but their differences over brainwashing by the Academy and the Corps abuse of extrahumans led to a dispute. Jet believed what she was told while Iri saw a dark commercial purpose behind the institutions. This acrimonious split might be a legacy of their fathers with Jet's dead and Iri's jailed or more to the point could be their powers as Jet uses shadows and Iri the light.-------------- The former BFFs separately begin to uncover a dangerous conspiracy in New Chicago. Meanwhile Jet meets and teams up with normal human Bruce Hunter who brings a metaphoric light to her heart while she thinks Iri is part of the treachery. Iri meets and teams up with vigilante Taser who brings a bit of the dark into her heart while she deems Jet is part of the treachery. Soon these two BFFs and their new sidekicks will learn that neither is all light or all dark as the universe has an abundance of colors and shades; that is they will learn if they stop fighting one another and live long enough.------------------- Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittridge provide a fun super friends fantasy that blends elements of romance, thriller, and science fiction into an exciting BFF (in this case BFF was best friend forever but has become best enemy forever) superhero tale. The cast is solid as Jet and Iri begin to understand that the whole is greater than either part. Although fast than a speeding bullet story line lacks depth, graphic comic book fans will enjoy the action-packed quarrel between two former super friends.------------- Harriet Klausner
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