EVO Nation: Book 1 in EVO Nation Series; by K.J. Chapman
From EVO Nation Amazon listing:
The government tortures her, her own kind use her, and she is learning the true meaning of ulterior motives. Teddie Leason has been dragged into the festering underbelly of the secretive world of EVO; a world about to be blown wide apart.
EVO are the next link in evolution, but with that title come the dangers of capture, torture, and experimentation. And with that threat come the need to survive, and a breed of EVO who are set to not only thrive, but rule.
Teddie has the fate of the EVO and Non-EVO world resting on her shoulders, and now, the reclusive teenager who couldn’t get upset without her unruly ability causing destruction, has to somehow embrace her gift to save her new friends and her new love.
Will the actions of one man fuel a suppressed, supremacist cult’s desire for war and vengeance, or will Teddie be strong enough to stop him? Should she stop him?
In my own writing, I’ve always stayed away from creating characters I considered too closely resembling Marvel’s X-Men. Those comics, those characters, always held me in such awe, I was afraid my own attempts at crafting in that ballpark would fall short.
K.J. Chapman has done what I was afraid to attempt, and the results were pretty spectacular.
I just really liked this book. The story pulled me along. I cared about the characters. I enjoyed the conflict, both the physical battles and the internal struggles. I appreciated the sacrifice of characters as realistic, rather than cheap. This was just an all-around fun book to read.
So many books from the indie world I wish could be stretched a bit, and this is another that I wish had given me a little more. While this may sound like a complaint, it really isn’t. It’s telling of how much I wanted to dig into the characters; how much I wanted to know just a little bit more about what was working in the heads of those in the thick of it, while they were in it. How much I wanted to linger in the tactility of events.
In the manner in which I used to love following Anita Blake through her tales, and am currently loving Mercy Thompson, I feel I would thoroughly enjoy watching Teddie grow into the young woman she’s headed towards. What other great adventures are we waiting to see in her future? I suppose I’ll have to wait for further books to find the answers to that (Book 2: EVO Shift is currently on my Kindle, on standby, for when this review is completed).
Please, MS. Chapman, give us more Teddie…