13 November 2012

Review: After the Golden Age

After the Golden Age
After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I generally don't do mystery books. I find them to be a little more contrived than necessary, and it just doesn't work for me. After the Golden Age is sort of a mystery, but more along the lines of a comic book in prose form, similar to Soon I Shall Be Invincible, while having some mystery elements like Powers (but not quite as good).

Anyway, Celia is the daughter of superheroes, but has no powers herself. She teamed up with the supervillain of the story in her teenage years mostly to irritate her father, and now she's an adult working for the district attorney. There's an ever-brewing battle between the super factions, and there's also a seemingly unrelated kidnapping/theft ring in play, and Celia's somehow ended up in the center of it.

This book went from being awesome to kind of rough to actually really good over the course of 300 pages. It's well-structured, it drags a bit once the setting and stuff is established, but races pretty well to the finish in the second half. That's not too shabby, and I come away from this liking it a lot more than I thought I would at its lowest point. Definitely worth a read.

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