Book Review: Trance by Kelly Meding

Trance by Kelly Meding (Meta Wars #1)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: eGalley (courtesy of GalleyGrab)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: 10.25.11 - Today!
Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her.

Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.

This book is like superhero mayhem. If you grew up watching X-Men, and wanted to know what would happen if they ever lost a fight to the bad guys, this is it. The world is being ravaged by the bad guys, and in the ultimate fight against good and evil, the good guys lose. All the superheroes are killed, leaving only their children, the last of the good guys, to defend the city. Then suddenly everyone--good and evil-- mysteriously loses their powers.

Fast forward 15 years later, and our story begins when the powers suddenly return.

And boy, is this one awesomely dangerous roller coaster ride. No character is safe. Stakes are high. Lots of people die. I felt the impact of each death, as the last of the superheroes are picked off one-by-one, to prevent them from forming a resistance. I felt the frustration Trance felt as she searches for the one responsible for the deaths. I felt her desire to put an end to the war once and for all. And I felt her desperate need to ensure the safety of the other Rangers.

The world Kelly Meding has created is full of imagination and possibilities. There is so much that went into it, but it never felt too contrived. Meding places back story where it is needed, and is descriptive enough in the right places, to make it all feel very natural.

The characters are just plain awesome. That's the best way to describe them. They draw you in and make you invested in their well-being. You will find yourself rooting for them, just as I did, and you will find yourself gasping and yelling "NO!" when bad things happen. Because Like I said: no character is safe. Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, the floor crumbles once again. The best parts of the story are the parts where the Rangers are fighting together and saving lives, superhero style; the camaraderie between them, and their understanding of each other, is just plain uplifting. These moments made me feel joy and excitement; proud that as a reader, I had been able to experience them right along with the characters.

The only problem I found is that it seemed to be kind of long. The pacing was fine for the most part, but I began to get antsy towards the end, wanting to reach the conclusion. I needed to know who the bad guy was, and I had no idea who it was until it was revealed (and oh my goodness, the bad guy).

This book is very cool; full of action, guts, and heartbreak. I'll be picking up the next book the moment it is released. And while it is definitely not YA (see my content warning below), I highly recommend it to adults and mature teens who want to read a strong urban fantasy.

Read this if:
...you grew up with X-Men, and want a book that feels like an old friend the first time you read it.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Swearing, violence, lots of death, lots of sexual tension, one descriptive sex scene, and talk of sex. Despite being categorized as YA on Goodreads and some other places, I, personally, would not call this YA. The characters are 20 to 24+, and experience all of the above.}

Other Books in the Series:
Not yet announced.

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  1. Added to my to-reads list! This sounds awesome.

  2. Thanks, Juju! It really felt like I was picking up a good friend. I loved it.

    I hope you read it, Lissa! I think you'll like it a lot. :)


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