Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: Mutant City by Steve Feasey

Title: Mutant City
Author: Steve Feasey
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Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 8th May 2014

Tell Me About It
Fifty years ago, the world was almost destroyed by a chemical war. Now the world is divided into the mutants and the pure. Mutants must fight for survival in a scarred landscape, while the privileged pure live out a life of disease-free perfection.

Thirteen years ago, a covert government experimental facility was shut down and its residents killed. The secrets it held died with them. But five extraordinary kids survived.

Today four teenagers are about to discover that their mutant blood brings with it special powers. They are heading straight for Mutant City with rival factions close behind. One by one, they face the enemy. Together, they must stay alive . . .

My Thoughts
What sold me to this book was the synopsis and the X-Men type feel of it. I had to now what Mutant City was all about, and as soon as I got my copy my interest was immediatley piqued. The inside of both the front and back cover has a synopsis for both the Pures and the Mutes and I had to know the whole story about what really happened.
The world as we know it was destroyed by atomic, biological, and chemical fallout, forcing everyone to live underground for over forty years. When they finally came back to the surface they found that not everyone had made it underground, and that those left behind were left mutated. A new city is built behind a wall, to protect the Norms from the Mutes, and is now know as Six Cities, with City Four being the most affluent, and the home of Zander Melk and his Father, the President of the city.

Mutant City begins with a raid on The Farm, a research lab that has been set up to study genetically modified Mutants who have special abilities. They are rescued and sent to live with carers, and the facility is destroyed. We pick the story back up thirteen years later as we follow multiple points of view as they try their best to achieve there desire. For the Mutants, they are being sent to City Four, to meet up with someone called Silas, and have a vice in their head telling them what to do. For President Melk, he wants to find the Mutants and use the powers of one to save himself from dying, and enlists his son to find them. We also join Silas and Jax as they work together to make a safe place for children living outside the wall, but also reunite the Mutes together.

I went into Mutant City with very high expectations, and while I don't think the book met them, it definitly sets up the backbone for this world, and was an enjoyable read. I love how these genetically modified mutants has their own unique ability hidden inside them, yet they look like an average norm on the outside. Rush, Brick, Anya, Flea, and Jax are certainly a force to be reckoned with but I would definitly want them on my side.
Tia, a reporter who wants the truth to be out there, that the mutants are not really all that bad, is one of the few Norms on their side, and I like how she is determined to let everyone know that the badness comes from within the wall itself, and not from outside. We don't really get to see what happens with the videos she makes, but I do hope we get to see her in the next book.

Mutant City is full of deception, adventure, and slowly revealed secrets that only come back to haunt the person responsible. But the one thing that didn't make this book blow me away was that I felt there was more history and world building than real action. Mutant City does give us the history of how mutants came about, and also the consequences. It gives us the rules of this new world and how things work, and while it does build up this world and give you all the information you need to know, I personally was looking for a bit more action and a few more displays of power. Having said that, when the next book is published I will definitly be picking a copy up, now that all the world building is out of the way I am hoping we get to see more of what the mutants can do, and also see how far Melk is prepared to go to get what he wants.

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