3 1/2 Well Deserved Stars
Ok, very interesting indeed!
Blurb: Owen Johnson’s day was progressing just like it did for most other teenagers. By lunchtime he had climbed a tall building using abilities usually reserved for superheroes; he’d flirted with the girl he had secretly adored for years; he’d come home to find his dad had been kidnapped and a mysterious stranger standing in his living room; and finally he’d been rescued by the elderly woman next door who had suddenly revealed that she had the power to launch people through the air.
“Reaching Out” introduces Owen Johnson to the world of The Remarkables, a group of seemingly ageless war heroes, each possessing unique gifts that had been used to fight evil. Now they must help Owen find his dad, and uncover a new threat to our way of life. Along their journey Owen slowly starts to learn the secrets of his past, and uncovers surprising truths about himself and those that he thought he knew: some of which he is glad to learn, some he may wish he hadn’t.
First off, let me explain my rating of 3.5 stars. I just want to make it abundantly clear this is a GOOD scoring, not a bad scoring. I would give it a 4 star (which is the same as alot of the books i love) however there are few parts of the book i fell out with. Firstly, there are a few spelling errors. I’m not gonna be pedantic and start listing these out (im not THAT ocd), however, i think with a little tidying up this novel could indeed be ‘Remarkable’… (sorry, that was lame.) A few areas of the storyline did lul at some point, but nothing ghastly enough to make me put it down for an unmentionable amount of time.
I would have loved to have seen more character development, they all had so much potential and i expecialy liked Mrs Argyle. Although, not sure if this is because she had the most face time out of everyone, so her personality was able to evolve. She really cracked me up.
Owen, i found a little bit wet. I had the impression he was the main character but he didn’t really have any strong traits which drew me too him. He wasnt even a knob so i couldn’t hate him either. The only real emotion i could draw from him was his ‘tingly feelings’ toward Kate & he occasionaly worried about his Dad. I also think Kate could have maybe been a little more sassy or headstrong, would have matched her particular power nicely. I think some aspects would have worked better with less thinking paragraphs and more interaction between the characters.
Kates sister Fiona i think should have been featured earlier. It would have been great to have her built as a more solid character, give you time to love her before the betrayal for maximum impact. I wanted to be able to shout into the kindle ‘you nasty lying cheating betch’, alas i didn’t care enough. Since she first walked onto the pages i could sense treachery. In one way, this is a very good thing as the emotion and general vibe was given off VERY nicely indeed, however i feel it could have been delivered with a little more oompfh! Hence an earlier meeting would have been ace.
Once i reached the end it was obvious there is a second book on the cards, which also makes me think it would have been cool to have saved some of the characters for this installment. I felt like too many key people were introduced in such a short amount of time that i didn’t really get to know them very well, they all seemed like awesome people which is why i feel like this is a shame. Clive for example has an ACE power, he seems like a right character but he was left out alot of the time. I think Myrtle (the kick-ass cow) had more feature time then Clive and she couldnt even talk lol. I’m hoping we get to see him alot more in the second novel.
This brings me nicely onto the super powers! I LOVE the concept of ‘reaching’ into another world. It’s so much more original then other super power books i’ve read and does make this a stand alone concept. There are of course the elementals, wind/water/fire, these powers are used by drawing the active elements from another time and place in another world. Then there are powers like Owens, which to be fair to the guy, its a pretty cool power. He has the ability to reach his hands into another place and grab onto rock faces/solid objects. Not only this but when he’s doing it he also is granted super strength to his body, so he can carry people and be like – Batman, eat your heart out! Rockclimbing in mid air!! Katy also has the spectacular ability to punch stuff, REALLY hard. I tell you what, if that was me i would have abused that ability to high heaven, that would be SO fun!!!
My biggest end of book gripe was the UNKNOWN!!! Argh, i still wanna know how the majority of the characters got their powers, and who these ‘supernatural government’ type peeps are, from what i can gather, they are utter a-holes. Gutted, oh well, i hope book 2 is out real soon. Presuming there is a book 2. One can hope!
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Amazon.co.uk: The Remarkables
Amazon.com: The Remarkables