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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The First is a supernatural fiction by Kipjo Ewers that follows the story of Sophia Dennison, a convicted murderer sentenced to death by lethal injection in a Houston facility. A shaken FBI agent Mark Armitage watches the security video where Sophia is miraculously resurrected with an added superhuman strength. Causing terrifying havoc and injuring several guards, she is gunned down and dies for the second time. However, Armitage again witnesses her eerie revival, smashing through concrete walls and tearing open steel doors before breaking free from the facility. On the run, Sophia Dennison will learn more about her new ability, the truth about her convicted crime, and the real foes in her life.
When the diminutive Sophia went through some sort of “growth spurt” after she was gunned down, the words She Hulk comes to mind. The First is certainly a refreshing concept regarding a female protagonist as the first actual superhuman. I am a fan of strong female characters, so to have Sophia Dennison as a female superhuman is a delight. Ewers definitely gives a freshness and visceral vibrancy to his female lead. The storyline is interesting and adrenaline-pumping, as if I was reading a superhero comic book turn into an exciting supernatural thriller. The pace of the story is fast, which is an added bonus to plot.
Ewers also has a knack for vivid storytelling. His prose is straightforward yet has subtle grace, “Fear was the rider that kept her moving; images of what happened at Mountain View flashed before her eyes forcing her to move faster and faster.” All in all, an enjoyable novel for supernatural, sci-fi, and comic book fans.