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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
In Lightforce by authors PB & Jason, Lee had never considered himself to be "normal." He thought perhaps it was a combination of factors; he was a child who read and did not watch TV. A loner, a boy of mixed race in a small town of mostly "pure blood", and he was gay. But he knew these were nothing compared to the real secret he harboured. Lee had super powers. When events twisted his hand he was forced to act, to reveal his ability to those close to him. Instead of judgement he received something else; a costume to protect his identity. It didn't take him long to realise what was going on; his father was turning him into a superhero, and with the world riddled with crime and danger, it certainly needed one. But before him lies a journey of secrets and conflict he could never have imagined.
In a story written in a really entertaining first person narrative, from the very start you get a really good insight into Lee’s character as he begins his almost awkward journey of self-discovery and choices. Lee shows some incredible depth of character, and I really enjoyed the tale of his life, how he came to be who he is, and what drives him. There's a complex plot with glimmers of humour woven in. Authors PB & Jason are brilliant at conjuring atmosphere, from the ambient to the suspenseful, from the tranquil to the chaotic. Perhaps one of the most unusual aspects of this book is how the switch from first to third person is employed. First person is reserved for monologues, thoughts, first person storytelling, and considerations, the stress and pressures upon Lee. For any descriptive, atmospheric, or visual elements, the tense switches to the third person, drawing the reader from the first person visual, before pushing them back for Lee to explain, offer thoughts on what was witnessed, or, more commonly, switch to another person's perspective. An entertaining read, with characters so vivid that they almost jump off the page.