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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Girl Who Commanded Lightning is the third novel in the Lightning Brain Series by Cliff Ratza. Electra was stuck in limbo once more. She had been exposed to the T-Plague, and her brain couldn't cope. To the horror of her friends, Electra was in a coma with the disease slowly but surely affecting her. The only way to revive her was to use an untested antidote, and they took the risk. It paid off but came at a cost. Electra had amnesia and woke up with a completely different personality. She identified herself as Alisha and was quite different from the brilliant Electra. Carter, Robin, and the others didn’t have much time, as the world was crumbling under the pressure of the T-plague and with the cyberspace terror group ready to strike at any moment. Would Electra break through the barrier of her mind, or would Alisha have to buckle up and fill some big shoes?
Although I haven’t read the previous novels in the series, I had no issues with forming a connection with Electra/Alisha and falling in love with the story. The tale was intense, and the author introduced action from the first sentence. I loved the contrast between Electra and Alisha, as they were as different as night and day. However, they both had the same fire to do better, do more, and improve. The Girl Who Commanded Lightning has a sense of urgency and that made it even more entertaining. The pace was fast, the action was intense, and the descriptions were fantastic. There was never a moment when the action stopped. I loved how Robin kept everyone on their toes in Electra’s absence. The chapters were long but worthwhile. I would highly recommend this series by Cliff Ratza to fans of urban fantasy.