Bryan and Robert are feeling super today. With or without metabands! Check out our review of Meta by Tom Reynolds.
Bryan’s quick summary:
Connor Connolly is a loser, an orphan, and literal dead meat until a mysterious pair of wristbands gives him magical abilities. He goes from nothing to meta overnight, a super-powered being that many thought were extinct. With the help of a masked vigilante named Midnight, Connor must keep his identity secret and his city safe from a new wave of villainy.
Meta is by Tom Reynolds
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Bryan) Meta is the first book we’re reading that’s squarely in my genre. Superheroes and whatnot. I think there are things to enjoy here and things to critique.
2. (Robert) This book was recommended by a listener – thank you and a shout out to Kevin Chapman – and it’s a great read. The action gets going immediately and there’s plenty of suspense and twists to keep you returning to the story. Connor’s attempts at learning to be a superhero are fun, and his superhero naming (no spoiler) is well done.
3. (Robert) I liked the metabands, they were really cool. I think if I’d read this as a fourteen year old boy, I would have given anything to have a pair of these!
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Bryan) This book suffers from the same thing my first book suffered from. We don’t really get inside the characters’ heads enough to see how they’re feeling. Everything is conveyed through dialogue and our imagination.
2. (Bryan) Connor’s okay, though Midnight and Iris are more interesting. The whole crush on the girl thing seems kind of thrown in, and I hope it’s developed more in future books.
3. (Robert) I found Connors “real life” a little unrealistic – the sudden job at the electronics store for example. By the time he started work at the leisure park, it had improved, but I think this is just down to debut author not nailing everything! I’ll definitely read more Tom Reynolds though, it will be interesting to see where the Meta series ends up.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. If you’re going to use first person present, you’ve got to nail it.
2. Superheroes might be a clichéd trope, but there’s always a new unique spin around the corner. And who wouldn’t want a pair of metabands in their drawer!
3. Not the world’s best executed story, but good entertainment, and isn’t that what superhero-style is all about? Every time the movie-makers try to give depth to our favorite superheroes, they risk alienating fans (a depressed Batman? Gimme a break).
Prompt of the Week:
What would be your three superpowers of choice and why? What would you use those powers for first and how would they change your life?