Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

by Taylor Simonds

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Overview

"A spunky and jubilant love letter to superhero fans." -Kirkus Reviews

Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.

Meg Sawyer has none of these things.

Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn't have to. She's a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City--where genetically enhanced superhumans straight out of the comics have thwarted evil for years.

For as long as the Supers have existed, Meg has had one goal: to not become a casualty in their near-daily battles for justice. And for the last seventeen years, she's managed to do just that. Sure, her minimum-wage job at the local coffee shop isn't great, she can't even leave her apartment without loading herself up with protective gear, and her car was just hijacked to throw at a supervillain (again), but she's not dead yet.

But when Meg accidentally finds one of the city's perfect, invincible protectors murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances, her whole "innocent bystander" strategy falls apart. After being coerced by his determined girlfriend into a mission to help prevent the deaths of the remaining Supers, Meg finds herself forced into the foreground of a story she never wanted to be part of-one that challenges everything she thought she knew about both her city and herself.

"Simonds writes smart and sassy characters but takes the time to give them emotional depth..." -MuggleNet

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578457321
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Taylor Simonds is an Orlando-based professional manuscript editor with Write My Wrongs Editing. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, and previous staff writing credits include CollegeFashion.net and MuggleNet.com. Taylor likes cosplaying, watching anime, buying fan art she’ll forget to hang up, and camping out for the next Marvel movie. Collateral Damage is her debut novel; the product of a dawning realization after years upon years of superhero fandom that although superheroes are cool, living next door to them would be decidedly not so.

Customer Reviews

Collateral Damage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ShesGoingBookCrazy More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. "I don’t know whose idea it was, exactly, to start turning random citizens into genetically enhanced superhumans, but I would like to meet them someday. I’ve got some bills I’d like to send them." What a fun read! I was honestly a bit apprehensive going into Collateral Damage. Comics and superheroes are either winning my heart over, or missing the mark for me. But, I loved Collateral Damage. It was engaging, hilarious, and totally geared toward the sarcastic cynic. To put it plainly, this book is like if Deadpool wasn’t a superhero and was just a spectator on the sidelines. (He would be a nightmare as a bystander, don’t you think?) The story is told for the perspective of Meg Sawyer, a sarcastic, sassy, and satirical young adult. After living in Lunar City all of her life, casualty is no stranger. Meg, herself, was orphan during one of the Super's "heroic" endeavors in defending the city against the ever-challenging Dr. Defect. Meg, along with her closest friend Oliver, brave the deteriorating streets to get to their dismal jobs. With a city so focused around their Supers, it tends to forget about the damage they leave behind. Collateral Damage is written from the perspective of the non-valiant; the bystanders that are affected by the "cool" fights that the heroes entangle themselves in, at the expense of everyone's livelihood. I feel that there is very little to dislike about this story. At times, the pacing would dip, but it didn't bother me much. The only thing I wish there was more of was the world building. I'd like to have known more about Lunar City, it's layout, and simply more insight into the details of the surroundings. Other than that, I thought this was such a fun, refreshing read! Vulgarity: Minimal. Sexual content: None. Violence: Mild. My Rating: ★★★★1/2