Unmasked by S. A. Starcevic
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (34 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Superheroes are at war, but not with villains.
As the first few rumblings of discontent start to make themselves heard, Ethan Elliot and his friends in the Protectorate will have to face their greatest foe, one who is all around—the public.
Some enemies are easier to spot than others are.
I really enjoyed the camaraderie between Ethan and all of his fellow superheroes. They knew so much about each other that their friendships felt incredibly deep. They also seemed to genuinely like one another as human beings which is something I appreciate seeing in this kind of storyline. Heroes who are fighting alongside each other need to be working with people they like and trust. Luckily, Ethan and his friends had all of this and so much more.
There were pacing issues. The beginning in particular moved more slowly than I would usually expect from a tale of this length. It would have been a well-paced introduction for something longer, but starting things off so leisurely didn’t work so smoothly for the short story format because of how many plot twists that needed to be pushed back in order to accommodate it.
The plot twists themselves, though, were nicely handled. They added a sense of adventure to what was going on that made it difficult for me to stop reading. I simply had to know what would happen next! This has come to be one of those things I expect when I reading one of this author’s books. As always, I was pleased with what Mr. Starcevic had up his sleeves.
This is the second instalment in a series. I would recommend reading Untouchable first in order to fully understand everything that is happening in the sequel.
Unmasked made me wish I were a superhero. This is a good choice for anyone who loves that kind of science fiction.