What I Loved:
Going Through the Change had these great character changes that I was so interested in! I loved reading about the new struggles that each character went through with the introduction of a superhero skill for each person.
How I Felt:
The writing was well-done. The story had a nice flow and was easy to dive into. It was pretty fast-paced and really never slowed down. I liked the way each chapter focused on a different character. It gave different me different angles of the story and the opportunity to view a scene from a different perspective.
The plot focuses on a group of menopausal women who are each using a product made by the same woman. For some reason, these products affect these specific women differently than everyone else, giving them each a superpower. The changes are shocking for the women, and they don’t know what is happening to their bodies. They don’t recognize their changes as superpowers, but as scary anomalies that they try to keep hidden. Through chance events, they begin to meet each other and realize their common enemy is one crazy scientist woman whose products have made the change in them. Now they must come together and embrace their new changes to save themselves and others.
The story begins with introductions to the characters. I struggled just a bit at the beginning. It felt like a lot of character introductions and it took me a few chapters to really get a grasp on who they each are. Once I got through those first chapters, I settled into who the characters were and was able to just sit back and enjoy the story!
The characters were really enjoyable. Linda was my absolute favorite. I found her to be down to earth and all-around just lovely. Linda’s superhero change is the most shocking, and in my opinion, would be the most difficult to accept and live with. The soap she uses changes her from a woman to a man. I appreciated the time spent in the book on the acceptance of this change. It made the story more believable. She had to find acceptance of her new self, then gain acceptance with her husband, and her family. She couldn’t hide her change. It created so many hurdles for her to overcome, and I enjoyed reading about all of them.
The other characters were separated between the good and the bad, which I liked. I was surprised to find that not all the women affected would be choosing a good path. I liked the complexity this added to the story. Jessica begins to float, Helen starts fires with her mind, and Patricia grows full body armor. The way these women each got their superpower, and how they deal with it was a lot of fun to read about. Patricia was my least favorite character. She was hard to get to know and had a pretty rough exterior, which makes sense, she also has a tough exterior with her new body armor! I am curious to see if we get to know her better in the next book in the series.
Overall: This was such a fun book to read! I enjoyed the characters and the overall storyline. It felt like an escape from reality for a bit, which was a nice change.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Going Through the Change for readers that enjoy light stories of action, focusing on the bonds of family and friends.
Where to Find This Book:
Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant is available at these sites.
“The Change” is difficult for everyone, but for these four women, the transformation is bigger than they ever imagined!
They all led completely normal, and completely different lives, with two things in common: they used natural products made by the same small company, and they were all going through menopause. Now instead of finding her hot flashes under control, Helen shoots fire from her fingertips! Patricia’s thick skin isn’t nearly as metaphorical as it used to be – now she’s bulletproof! Jessica’s mood lightened, but so did the rest of her! And Linda’s gone through the biggest changes of all, but she doesn’t have any trouble opening the pickle jar anymore!
Four ordinary women suddenly living extraordinary lives, with one common thread – there’s one person in common in all their lives. Now the Menopausal Superheroes are looking for the woman responsible for taking their “change” to the extreme!
Just the Facts:
Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant
Genre: Fantasy / Speculative Fiction
Page Count: 250 pages
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pub Date: April 23, 2015
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.