When I saw advertisements for "The Enhanced" that proclaimed Brie as the next Katniss, I was skeptical. When I read the book, I found that my skepticism was right on the money--but not for the reasons you'd think.
Brie Melrose is intelligent, brave, and curious, but never sacrifices what makes her human--her emotional side. We see as she transforms through the book from an almost subservient, polite girl to someone who is savvy and cynical. In the past, heroines like her have been praised as being feminist icons, no one has really met the mark the way Brie does, because Edge understands that a heroine doesn't have to have only "stereotypically male" traits and makes Brie a medley of personality.
I would have given the book five stars save for a few things:
-being the first book in a long series, it takes a while to feel like we have moved out of "exposition" mode. Even the end feels somewhat expository.
-some of the "twists" were very predictable. Without adding spoilers, I will say that I spotted Brie's secrets from a mile away-who she is related to, what she is, her diabetes medicine, as well as who the terrorists are.
-there weren't many (or any) side plots, but that's to be expected in first person perspective.
-Some parts are repeated a few times, and there are about ten typos throughout the book.
On the other hand, this book does a great job with:
-designing and remaining faithful to an intricate world
-creating believable and unique characters
-crafting an engaging storyline
-using vivid imagery
-not giving into writing it into a hackneyed love story
Great job to T.C. Edge overall.