Book Blogger Fair: Reviews of Not the Norm & Unmasked Alloy by Becca Campbell

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Not the Norm

I loved this story.  It’s gripping, intense, and very different.  It incorporates classic themes, and puts a new spin on them.  The idea that we can make people perfect.  Ostracizing and destroying that which is different.  These are classics, and I loved how the author utilized them in this story.
The story started out great.  First, this tension as a young woman interrupts a break in.  What will he do?  Then bam!  Well, I won’t tell you, but I laughed.
The story has tragedy, romance, government interference, a little bit of comedy.  The only thing I can say against it is it’s too short.  I felt a little jarred by the jumped from having just met to being head over heels in love.  I wish there had been a little something in between, a little bit more.  Still, a great little read, and free to boot!  The author said it was always free.

Unmasked Alloy

“Unmasked Alloy” isn’t short but sweet.  It’s short but awesome!  I loved how it starts.  Like the first story in the series, it’s intense, gripping, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  I loved the metal man.  That’s what I’m gonna call him.  He was awesome.  Reminded me of the guy from one of the Terminator movies, only better developed as a character.
And, again, like the first story, I wish it had been longer.  I feel like this series would make a great novel.  It’s such an interesting story, an interesting premise.  I mean, come on!  Romance, genetic engineering, genocide, fugitives, wicked awesome powers, and a jail break?  This story has a bit of everything.
This one, I felt, was better than the first.  Still, I’m not sure such a short work is worth $0.99.  Seems a little steep, which is the price on Amazon.  Sadly, I don’t think Amazon will let you price it for less than that.  But, I guess, with the first being free, I guess it’s not so bad.

Blurbs

Not the Norm (Sub-Normal #1)–A new adult science fiction short story in a dystopian world where the entire population has been genetically engineered and exhibits special abilities.

Eden has a dangerous secret.

In a world where GenEns (enhanced humans) are the norm, her own ability is flawed. If anyone found out about the glitch in her genetic code, she’d be deemed a sub-norm, as one unfit to exist in the human race. Her certain fate would be extermination.

She always thought keeping her defect secret was her biggest struggle. That concern vanishes when her life is put in danger. Suddenly, fighting back is her only option, and she’s completely unprepared.

Her only chance for survival is by wielding her damaged power. But fear and painful memories threaten to hold her back. What will happen to her if she unleashes the terror within?

 

Unmasked Alloy (Sub-Normal #2)–The second short story in this series, focused on two flawed individuals who are on the run from the authorities.

Genetically enhanced humans populate earth. Flaws are prohibited. Refusing to be altered means death—unless you can successfully evade capture.

Dake is one of these sub-norms on the run, and Eden’s status as a malfunctioning GenEn isn’t much better.

When Eden flees with Dake, their spree as fugitives is all too brief. Captured and thrown into a government holding facility where the only likely outcome is execution, the pair seeks help from an unlikely and untrustworthy ally.

In this second installment of the Sub-Normal series, trust and justice mix it up with the hyper-powered.

 

About the Author

IMG_9867 a lowresAn avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a sp

ecial place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca’s journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do – by daring herself to try something new. The question “what if I wrote a novel?” and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then, she has written half a dozen additional novels and several shorter works.

As the wife of a musician and mother of three young boys, Becca’s life is never dull. Whether it is writing, painting or knitting, she enjoys making stuff that wasn’t there before.

Find me at Inspiration for Creation: http://www.beccajcampbell.com
Twitter: @beccajcampbell

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