Book Review: Failstate


Robin, secretly Failstate, lives in a world where superheroes not only exist, but have their own gameshow, America’s Next Superhero. When one of the contestants is murdered, Robin investigates and digs up more than he expected.

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Note on ratings:

*         Horrible.
**       Below average
***     Average. Not good or bad.
****   Above average
***** Above and beyond

Content: Some violence, but since it’s Christian, it is pretty clean.

Originality and world building: ***
The whole idea of a superhero TV show is interesting. However, I felt the world building was a bit underdone. Superheroes running loose in society seemed to have changed almost nothing, other than a few laws and the way superhero related activities are considered by law.

Characters and their Arcs: ***
Robin has some conflict with his brother, and there’s a bit of an arc there. The characters were interesting, but I never really had a solid attachment to them.

Writing style and Pacing: ****
I thought the story started off slow, but once I was a ways in, it got a lot better. There were a few things I felt should have been better explained.

My Rating:


About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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