Review: A Trick of Light: Stan Lee’s Alliances

“Nia, a gifted but desperately lonely hacker, is living in isolation with her strict single dad. As a social-media maven, she is wildly popular and has more than a million friends. But they are all strangers who love her posts but know nothing about her that is real.

Cameron is on a quest for YouTube fame as a vlogger focusing on exploring the mysteries of Lake Erie. While recording his latest video, he is knocked out by lightning in a freak storm that appears to defy the laws of physics. When Cameron awakens, he discovers an astonishing cyberkinetic talent: the ability to manipulate computers and electronics with his mind.

After a chance meeting online, the two teenagers—one born with extraordinary gifts, one unwillingly transformed—join together to right wrongs in the world. As Nia and Cameron develop their powers and deal out reckonings, they draw the attention of dangerous forces, putting the future of the planet at risk.

Set in Stan Lee’s Alliances Universe, co-created by Lee, Luke Lieberman, and Ryan Silbert, and written with Edgar Award–nominated author Kat Rosenfield, Stan Lee delivers a novel packed with the pulse-pounding, breakneck adventure and the sheer exuberant invention that have defined his career as the creative mastermind behind the spectacular Marvel universe.” – taken from Amazon

4/5 stars

I enjoyed the character development thoroughly. Both Cameron and Nia were relatable in my eyes. Not so typical teenagers on the fringe of society. Both quirky, intelligent, and amusing. Nia’s naivety is refreshing and realistic to her character. I found myself rooting for Cameron to win the girl despite the strange twist towards the end. I found the premise of the story very intriguing and unique. Something not too implausible in the distant or near future, what with everyone’s fascination of technology and it’s rapid development. The story starts off at a decent pace and picks up quickly. The plot kept me engaged the whole way through and I didn’t want the story to end.

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