These Twins Are Incredible and Dangerous!

Middlegame – Seanan McGuire

Science fiction, alchemy, transfiguration, timeline, time travel.

Rating 11/10

Asphodel, a woman alchemist and writer, wants to transform the world, but knowing the dangers of this idea of the Doctrine she writes innocent children stories to install the ideology. Also predicting her own end, she creates a heir to carry out her plans when she dies years later, naming him Reed. Long after Asphodel’s death, Reed proceeds to try to carry out the Doctrine with experiments by taking twins, doing something to them, then separating them into foster families to observe the twins. Roger loves everything language related and hates anything math. Dodger loves everything mathematical and hates anything language related. One night, they discover each other through telepathic means and help each other out. Reed finds out and sends someone to Roger to force him to stop communications. Years later, Roger and Dodger cross paths, both heartbroken and wanting answers, they agree to talk to each other at a specific time. Roger and Dodger find out they are siblings, but as soon as they find out the person who did the blood test died in a mysterious lab fire. Later on, Erin whom was made the same way as Roger and Dodger helps them escape from their maker’s supervision to not only save themselves, but to save the world. Erin tells them everything and this all comes crumbling down.

I was deeply intrigued with this novel. I was recommended the book by a LASFS member to read it and I was intrigued with the mere idea of this science fiction. The novel looks thick and is very thick with a detailed plot along with intricate characters. McGuire, as this is evident with the novel, had taken into deep consideration of the plot and narratives as well as characters and their interactions with each other. To top it off, this novel has all what science fiction should need in a story. I couldn’t simply put this book down at all. I highly recommend this novel to everyone and hope that the author writes more of this story.


The Tesla Legacy – K.K. Perez

Young adult, science fiction, genetic, alchemy, fantasy, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Lucy had always lived a pretty normal life minus the constant seizures in her life. Her parents have always had her on lockdown because of this. She never had a normal life until she had convinced her parents to at least let her go to public school, but even then, she felt like an outsider. When she came across a mysterious photo and decides to pursue the photo’s location in which it was taken, she discovers a secret lab of Nikola Tesla. As she learns more and more about her unique powers, one side wants her dead whereas the other side wants her alive. She had to make a risky decision to save her life and others as well.

I enjoyed this unique novel but felt it was too cliched for my taste. A young girl being hid away from the rest of the world and finding out she has something incredible powers or something to that nature. I am fine with this because unlike others this novel was written with in depth narrative. The plot builds up to the climax was incredible and well thought into. I hate the fact that this book left on a cliffhanger which means the author is bound to make a sequel. I really hope that this novel becomes a series because it has immense potential.