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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Obscure as Ever is a work of fiction in the paranormal, psychological, and conspiracy fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the adult reading audience for its complex concept and philosophical themes and was penned by Charlotte Woodland. In this suitably titled work, which is a sequel to Obscure Felicity but can also be read as a standalone adventure, we find ourselves once again following the legacy of the incredible cosmic sunglasses invented by the late Vincent after he met with the Universal Mind. Whilst the original pair is safely in the hands of Felicity, a second pair emerges, created without Brenda’s prior knowledge. With the other glasses in the hands of a felon, an unexpected twist brings the wearers together to save humanity from a dark fate.
Charlotte Woodland weaves a complex and interesting story about what humanity can achieve given the right motivation, and how the darker side of the human psyche can still be turned into a force for good under the right circumstances. The concept of cosmic genius is a lot to unpack, and the story begins in a slow-burning fashion, but once you get used to the philosophical thinking style of the narrative, it all begins to fall into place satisfyingly. I enjoyed the present tense style of the narrative, which keeps the action focused on the here and now and allows us to move between different characters and simultaneous action to keep the story fast-paced. I would recommend Obscure as Ever to fans of conspiracy fiction and sci-fi adventure who also want a work that will keep them thinking long after they’ve set it down.