SFF

The Somebody People

Del Rey: Ballantine. (Resonant Duology, Bk. 2). Sept. 2020. 624p. ISBN 9781524799007. pap. $18. SF
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Proehl’s follow-up to The Nobody People takes place seven years after the Pulse that gave psychic powers to millions of people. Our heroes are all in very different places. Fahima has been busy shaping New York City to be the utopia she’s always wanted it to be. Carrie goes on frequent delivery/retrieval missions, in which she beats up anyone in her way. Clay can think of nothing but how to protect his adopted son Rai. Emmeline’s been hiding out in a bubble universe while everyone thinks she’s dead. What none of them realize is that their enemies are slowly gaining power behind the scenes, and the window to work together to save the world is getting smaller every day.
VERDICT Starting with the first book of this duology (The Nobody People) is strongly recommended. Proehl’s use of alternating viewpoints and the occasional flashback help propel the story. However, for its length, it lacks meaningful character development. Should appeal to readers of Marissa Meyer’s “Renegades” series or those who enjoy dystopian X-Men stories.

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