Sunday, July 17, 2011

Black and White - Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge

A book with two different time periods, one where two young girls are students at the mandatory superhuman academy and become friends. The other where they are antagonists.

Both have series daddy issues. The Shadow hero Jet's father went crazy and killed her mother. The Light hero-turned-outlaw Iridium's father when rogue and supervillainish and has been imprisoned.

An organisation of humans that despises the extrahumans - and has a huge membership further complicates things.

As students their final qualification missions sees Iridium kill a would-be rapist. The not nice part comes in when the hero Corporation (complete with admin and gofer support) decides this is worthy of brainwashing. Although as it turns out, genetic engineering and brainwashing is how they do things.

Iridium, with some help from dear old dad's contacts decides to throw a large network shutdown spanner in the works.

Can two former friends and now enemies save the world from out of control and designed to fail superhumans? Given there's a book two, you know the answer to that one. It is the aftermath that appears to be a serious problem.

3.5 out of 5

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