Review: Trance {MetaWars #1} by Kelly Medding

Title: Trance {MetaWars # 1}

Author: Kelly Medding

Published: Pocket Books October 2011

Synopsis: Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her. Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.

Status: Read on October 21, 2011 — I own a copy   {Courtesy Simon & Schuster}

My Thoughts:

I have had Kelly Medding’s Dreg City series on my TBR list for a while but haven’t had the time to squeeze much recreational reading into my schedule for a while now. When the opportunity to start her new series MetaWars came up I was excited to take it.
Trance introduces the Ranger Corps and the Banes, humans with amazing superpowers collectively known as Meta’s whose battles devastated the world until just as the Banes threatened to win the war, their abilities were ripped from them. Trance was just ten when it happened, one of only a dozen or so Meta’s to survive. Now, fifteen years later the abilities of the Meta’s are inexplicably restored though Trance seems to have gained her grandmother’s skills rather than her own power. A reunion with the her childhood meta friends is marred by murderous attacks and it becomes obvious that Specter, the leader of the Banes, has also regained his ability and is targeting them. Trance and the reformed Ranger Corps needs to find and stop him before he unleashes Armageddon.
I like that Medding has pushed Urban Fantasy into a new realm with her band of superheroes. A cross between Xmen, The Incredibles and The Justice League of America, Trance is an action packed adventure with a touch of romance in a post apocalyptic urban setting. I’m not sure there is anything particularly new about the world the author has created but it is well described and detailed.
The characters in Trance are well drawn and developed. Trance is a likeable mixture of vulnerability and strength. For fifteen years she has struggled with the loss of her family, her powers and made some bad choices along the way. She wants to do the right thing but she is insecure and frightened of making things worse. The attrition rate in this novel is unusual, several supporting characters we meet that you might expect will become part of the series cast are killed. Those that survive the skirmish in this book are interesting though and include the effervescent Renee AKA Flex, the troubled Ethan and Trance’s childhood crush, now lover, Gage. Medding does a good job of obscuring the villains identity adding to the tension and excitement of the storyline and the ending, while a great lead in to the next book, also completes the story so you aren’t left with a frustrating cliffhanger.
A quick and easy read, Trance is a fun and exciting story which will especially appeal to fans of superheroes and Marvel comics.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melliane
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 08:02:48

    Thanks for this great review, this book sounds really interesting and different, I really like the idea of superheros. I can’t wait to reaceive it too ! I’ve read her other series or just the forst one but it wasn’t a mind blowing read either, I need to read the sequel to see how it is.

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  2. roro @roro is reading[rogier]
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 08:16:21

    got if from galley grab so wanted to finish it but was busy and 16 yrs remained to read the rest 300 plus pages, so i had 2 call it quits

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  3. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 13:53:21

    This sounds like a solid read. I’m always up for something with a well-drawn setting. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Tahlia Newland
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 17:54:37

    Sounds good. I like the idea of something a bit superhero comicish.

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  5. parrish
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 18:39:10

    This is a case where the cover would straight away, send me running in the opposite direction, although to be honest, that It’s still my cup of tea. I used to read a lot of Sci fi/fantasy etc. but tend not to now, have you read Michael Moorcock, Jeff Noon or more current Neil Gaiman & if so how does this stack.
    PS, I can’t remember if I’ve asked this, but have you read “Anno Dracula”

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Oct 28, 2011 @ 16:40:57

      Parrish this is sort of the equivalent of a limerick vs a sonnet LOL. It’s light urban fantasy with a kick ass chick who manages to sneak in a passionate nooner here and there.
      While I’ve read a few of Neil Gaimans books, fantasy on it’s own isn’t usually my thing (and sci-fi even less so). I havent read Anno Dracula but the premise sounds like it could be intriguing even though as a general rule I try to stay away from Jack the Ripper stories. Is it worth breaking that for do you think?

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  6. The Australian Bookshelf
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 19:13:32

    I like the sound of this superhero series! I am going to check it out

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  7. Nimue
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 21:42:25

    I love the cover! And the blurb makes this quite interesting for me.
    Thanks for this review. Now I have a new book on my wishlist 🙂

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  8. Mel S
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 06:34:46

    My copy of Trance arrived this week – and I can’t wait to read it! I love your balanced review – and I often find that first books in a series are not teh strongest but a great foundation to build on. 🙂

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