A new novel by perennial favorite A. Lee Martinez, introducing Constance Verity, an interesting young woman who appears to have been selected by destiny to save the Universe—over, and over, and over again. Sometimes more than once per day. After so many years of constant “adventuring”, she’s about had enough, and would like to just be normal. Maybe have a boyfriend, and spend time messing up a relationship, just like everybody else does.
Pursuing this dream will be her “last adventure”. Probably. Maybe. We’ll see.
Connie is a perfectly normal superwoman who lives in an extraordinary world of everyday weirdness that you and I just seem to overlook. This, as his fans are aware, is what we expect from ALM.
Connie’s effort to wind up her career turns into a complex adventure, filled with wacky stuff and daring do. She takes along her best friend/plucky sidekick, Tia, meets a new guy, and runs into a slew of dangerous conspiracies, supervillains monsters, and aliens, as well as her ex, the worlds greatest ninja-slash-thief.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, but we are confident that Constance will prevail, as usual, in the nick of time, as usual. (Poor Connie can’t help it.)
As I commented about his novels,the thing I like best is that so many of his characters are not technically homo sapiens, but they are more human than most people.
I sometimes summarize his plots something like this:
- Boy* meets girl*.
- Boy loses girl
- Boy gets girl and they live happily ever after
*where ”boy”/”girl” is defined to mean “young human** male/female***”
**for certain values of “human”
***for certain values of “male” or “female”
Connie and her friends, allies, and enemies are a bit “different”, and strictly speaking, most are not technically normal “humans”. But they are all people, and we grow to love and respect them for their deep humanity, and for their struggle to live, love, and help others.
Get and then read anything you can find by Martinez. You’ll like it.
- A. Lee Martinez, The Last Adventure of Constance Verity, New York, Saga Press, 2016.
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