Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Day of the Destroyer: A Just Cause Universe novel based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
To be frank I thought the concept for this book was really good at least until I started reading it. I generally steer clear of books in the middle of a series for the reasons I'll explain. First, characters and background is already established giving me very little as far as growth and expanding my interest in the story. Secondly, I always feel a disconnect when starting a book in the middle of series like this one. Thirdly, new characters sometimes don't add to the story like they would had I started this series from the beginning. I found this book to be boring despite a really good concept. For me, the characters fell flat and were just uninteresting. The backstory given for Just Cause Heroes~they already beat the villians and there was no one to really fight instead they party and patrol the city to make their presence known. The only character I really got invested in was Gretchen Gumm. She is a new parahuman with newly discovered abilities. She carried the story the last 150 pages of the book. As I said the concept is what interested me in the first place. The author has created an interesting universe but one that I'm not likely to revisit even to go back to the first book to complete the series. I wish the author well in his writing adventures. Maybe for someone else this story will resonate for them just doesn't work for me.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). I do like things to do with superheroes. Costumes are great. Masks are even better. I didn't realise, when first requesting this book, that it was the third in a series. I still found it fairly easy to understand, though. There was some confusion a few times with the different characters, but for the most part, I understood what was going on. Although the plot of this story wasn't really an original one, I felt that the characters (at least the heroes) definitely made this book worth reading. I even felt some sympathy towards Harlan... at least for a part of the book. (Part of me wonders if he could have turned out differently, if he'd had a bit more attention - of the good kind). I really liked the idea of the parahumans, but I would have liked a bit more background/history of the origin of the powers. Why do some people develop powers and others don't? One of the other things I really liked about this book was how human the characters came across as. And being superheroes didn't necessarily mean they were nice people. (I'm looking at Javelin here. I seriously wanted to punch him. I can't imagine how the other characters held back). I especially liked Imp. There was one line in particular that startled a laugh out of me. And, besides, I particularly liked her power. It maybe wasn't the sort one might think a superhero should have, but it certainly came in handy. I particularly liked Gretchen and Stan. I really felt sorry for Gretchen, but it seemed she came into her own through the events of the book. And Stan was the classic nice guy. I found their relationship really believable. I have some mixed feelings about Faith. I liked her for some of the book, but I don't agree with some of the things she did. I would have liked to see a bit more of some of the other characters. I'd definitely be interested in reading more of this series (despite the bittersweet ending of this book) and I do recommend it for a well-written superhero read.