The Meister of Decimen City

CamCat. Mar. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780744307702. $27.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Raney’s delightful romp touches on deeper topics, such as how loving someone doesn’t excuse them from being the villain in one’s personal narrative even when everyone else says it is time to forgive and forget. Rex isn’t a villain unless you put cheese (yuck!) on her food; then she might contemplate drastic measures. Yes, one of her experiments escaped from her laboratory again, but she helped wrangle the velociraptors before they caused too much damage to downtown Decimen City. Forced to endure governmental oversight of her projects to prevent her from slipping into super-villainy, Rex must decide if letting others define who is a villain and who is a hero is something she can live with or if she’s going to define herself.
VERDICT Zinging one-liners, familiar superhero tropes with hilarious twists, and defying the world’s expectations to be your authentic self combine to make this an appealing tale for older teens and adults. Be prepared to giggle at dinosaur antics and get teary-eyed as Rex comes into her own.
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