Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson: the world's most dangerous eight-year-old girl. Burned by a terrorist's magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure. She's furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother - and her temper tantrums can kill.
Paul Tsabo: bureaucromancer. Magical drug dealer. Desperate father. He's gone toe to toe with the government's conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he'll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands - whether Aliyah likes it or not.
The King of New York: the mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them. A man packing a private army of illegal 'mancers. Paul's family is the key to keep the King's crumbling empire afloat. But offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah's deadly rebellious streak....
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a good follow up to the first book, and provides a stand alone plotline, but relies way too heavily on an outside storyline limiting creativity in a book which should already have all the uniqueness it needs.
So. I came into this expecting to like it. After all, I loved Flex, the first book in this series. But I am well aware that sometimes book 2 in a series is a bit lacking.
The Flux? Wasn't. It managed, in fact, to be what I thought it could not be: Actually better than the first one. And that is really saying something.
The story was thrilling, full of unexpected turns, the characters were believable (which is again saying something since a fair few were Mancers). There were even donuts.
I also found the narration improved over the first time through, though I have trouble putting my finger on precisely what made it better. All in all? Well worth a listen. But if you're new to this series, go back and start at book 1, and prepare yourself for a fascinating jaunt into a rarity in modern fantasy: an actually unique magical system.
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