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We like to think that we would use superpowers for good
on 24 April 2015
Seven Wonders perfectly captures the inconstant nature of human (or indeed alien) decision. We like to think that we would use superpowers for good, or that some might use them for evil, but the truth is those decisions would exist only momentarily, until we made our next good/evil choice. There are no heroes or villains, just a constant process of decisions and change.
There's a major change of focus at the middle of the book. Properties and characters from the first half of the book return and carry on through to the end, but the story is so different from that point that it almost feels like two separate books, something reinforced by a lack of strong ongoing character development.
It's apparent in this book that Adam Christopher wanted to pay homage to a few tropes from comics and cinema, but occasionally I felt this bordered on cliche. The old idioms may be the most effective, but you can still make up your own, and not rely so heavily on speeding bullets.
Thematically the book is a lot like a DC Comics story arc, with strong archetypal characters, and just like DC, nothing seems to go right, and ultimately solutions present themselves just a bit too conveniently, though not before everyone comes together for a massive roll call. I'm a sucker for a roll call.
Occasionally I felt like the story being told was not the one I wanted to hear, but it was still pretty damn good.