12/09/2017 um 06:00

Book review: When Dark falls, Pippa Jay

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The blurp: In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark — Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.

Genre: Steampunk/Decopunk

The verdict: 5/5

Pippa Jay is a brilliant world builder and this story proofs it again. It’s just a short novella, but it’s packed to the brim with airships, mad scientists, cyborgs, superheroes and a little romance. Although the tone is cheerful, the story itself is actually quite sad, but I can’t tell you why, due to spoilers. Kadie and Nocturnelle are interesting leading ladies, and Shadow is a swoon-worthy sidekick. The only thing that I didn’t like was Nocturnelle’s propensity to rush into situations without thinking, which lands her in some pretty tight spots.

Take-away: Learn how to pack awesome world building into three sentences.

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