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Official Review: Many Worlds Presents: Illegals

Post by mmm17 » 19 Sep 2019, 16:54

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Many Worlds Presents: Illegals" by Samuel F. Hunter.]
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Bianca Ito – aka Bushido – was an inmate at a maximum-security prison called Death’s Home, where she served a sentence for killing her parent’s murderers. This foul-mouthed Japanese teenager has an athletic build, long blond hair, and “vibrant hot pink eyes.” Scars cover 60% of her short body, and her “teeth have been sharpened into fangs.” She is a founding member of a program called Illegals, in which prisoners become mercenaries and carry out violent and shady missions for the United Nations. In Many Worlds Presents: Illegals, a science-fiction fantasy novel written by Samuel F. Hunter, we follow Bianca and other ex-mercenaries.

The story begins with Bianca being reintegrated into society on an island off the coast of Cuba, a place named Tri-Nation City. The protagonist knew it wouldn’t be easy to lead a normal life, but unexpected challenges appear. Bianca has to face many hurdles, including sexuality issues, alcohol abuse, an assignment to escort a princess, and a war. She also must discover secrets from her past before she can finally make peace with it all.

I enjoyed the way the narration jumps back and forth in time, perspective, and scenarios, as Bianca reminisces about her former missions. The author is a talented storyteller, and the book offers glimpses inside the mind of a traumatized teenager adapting to the real world. An aspect I also liked about the story was the way it dealt with morally ambiguous situations, making readers ask themselves who are the real heroes and villains in the story.

But above all, in my opinion, the real value of the novel lies in the issue of how Bianca deals with her conflicts. I also found the supernatural parts interesting, with enticing mysteries such as the Alchemic Humans and their powers. I also enjoyed the multiplicity and diversity of characters that have different nationalities, ages, and backgrounds. I thought the author developed these diverse characters creatively and carefully. I especially liked the Japanese sisters Miku and Yui, and also Yin, the Chinese teenager. As Bianca, they are also haunted by their traumatic past and are being reintegrated into society.

Lastly, this coming-of-age adventure was a fast and enjoyable read that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction with touches of science fiction and fantasy. Readers who prefer more mature themes might not like it as much. Unfortunately, due to the editing errors in the book, I am taking a star away from its rating. Therefore, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 02 Oct 2019, 18:06

This sounds really interesting; by the sounds of it, I would not want to get on Bianca's bad side! I think the supernatural aspect adds intrigue. Thanks for the lovely review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Oct 2019, 19:53

This one sounds fun. Bianca seems like an interesting and complex character. I'd like to find out more about her new life. Thanks for the review!
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Post by spluficvictory » 02 Oct 2019, 23:15

Fantasy books that introduces the supernatural world to readers are one of my preferences. It seems like this book is one of them. It seems like it would have a good deal of suspense when readers have no clue on who the heroes and villains are. I also applaud the author for his creative character development. Smashing review 👍
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Post by mmm17 » 03 Oct 2019, 07:46

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 18:06
This sounds really interesting; by the sounds of it, I would not want to get on Bianca's bad side! I think the supernatural aspect adds intrigue. Thanks for the lovely review!
Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Post by mmm17 » 03 Oct 2019, 07:47

kandscreeley wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 19:53
This one sounds fun. Bianca seems like an interesting and complex character. I'd like to find out more about her new life. Thanks for the review!
It was a fun read. Thank you for reading the review.

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Post by mmm17 » 03 Oct 2019, 07:48

spluficvictory wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 23:15
Fantasy books that introduces the supernatural world to readers are one of my preferences. It seems like this book is one of them. It seems like it would have a good deal of suspense when readers have no clue on who the heroes and villains are. I also applaud the author for his creative character development. Smashing review 👍
If you enjoy the genre, this one is worth checking out for sure. Thank you for your kind words.

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Post by Meg98 » 03 Oct 2019, 10:08

This sounds really interesting, but I'm not sure if it's for me. Great review! Cheers:)
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Post by Tomah » 03 Oct 2019, 10:11

I'm intrigued by the concept of the Illegals and all of its implications, though this seems to be more of a character-driven narrative centered on Bianca. It sounds like a great sci-fi young adult novel. Thanks for the review!

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Post by esp1975 » 03 Oct 2019, 16:28

This book sounds like it hits one of my personal pet peeves - if the main character is a teenager now, when did she commit her first crime? Age 5? Teenagers having the life experiences of 30 year-olds bothers me, but I've also gotten used to it in young adult books. Beyond that personal issue, this actually sounds like a really interesting book to read.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Oct 2019, 12:48

This type of fantasy is not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed your interesting review.

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Post by mmm17 » 04 Oct 2019, 13:58

esp1975 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 16:28
This book sounds like it hits one of my personal pet peeves - if the main character is a teenager now, when did she commit her first crime? Age 5? Teenagers having the life experiences of 30 year-olds bothers me, but I've also gotten used to it in young adult books. Beyond that personal issue, this actually sounds like a really interesting book to read.
I thought the same when I was reading it. Yes, she committed the crime when she was just a child. This made me uncomfortable too. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by mmm17 » 04 Oct 2019, 13:59

Cecilia_L wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 12:48
This type of fantasy is not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed your interesting review.
Thank you!

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Post by kdstrack » 04 Oct 2019, 20:12

Bianca sounds like a complex character. The author has come up with a creative adventure for this character. I like how your describe the way the author makes you question who is the hero and who is the villain. Great writing.

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