Wolfpiercer by T. Contini
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (84 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
A mysterious threat to all inhuman beings has emerged. As inhumans are methodically abducted for test subjects, only one group of shifters poses a threat.
Led by an equally mysterious shifter named Blaze, the werepack must recover their abducted members and stop the threat looming over them.
It’s one thing to outsmart an enemy you know. It’s quite another to try this when you have no idea who or what you’re up against.
Rachel’s playfully competitive relationship with her brother, Derek, made me smile. Their sibling rivalry brought out aspects of their personalities that neither one would have had a reason to share with the audience had he or she been an only child. This was especially an interesting thing to observe once Rachel’s identity as a shifter started getting her into trouble and her brother had to figure out how to react to it.
There were many punctuation and grammar errors in this story. I had trouble understanding what was happening in certain scenes due to the misuse of common punctuation marks. The inclusion of so many sentence fragments also made it difficult to figure out where one idea ended and the next one began. Sometimes I had to reread the same sentence several times in order to figure out what it was trying to say, and I wasn’t always successful at it.
A brief excerpt from the shifting database was included in the beginning of each chapter. This was a creative way to let the audience know about what it means to be a shifter in this universe without dumping a lot of information about their society into the first chapter. Some of their abilities don’t seem to be particularly common in this sub-genre, so I enjoyed learning about them slowly as the plot progressed.
I would have liked to see more time spent developing the personalities of the main characters. It was never clear to me what it would be like to be in the same room as any of them. Would they come across as shy and quiet or boisterous and silly? Knowing even a few details about who they were as individuals would have been helpful, especially for Rachel.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the dialogue was how comfortable the characters were with using a lot of slang terms. This relaxed use of the English language fit in well with what I was able to figure out about shifter culture in general. It also made their conversations feel like something I was eavesdropping on instead of something I was reading in a book.
Wolfpiercer is a good choice for anyone who is a big fan of shifter stories.