The sequel to Transparent, Natalie Whipple’s Blindsided is every bit equal to the first novel and what fans wanted to read. Fiona and the Pack are back facing moral dilemmas, Juan’s syndicate and the Army – all of whom threaten to destroy their town and families while fighting for an element required to make an ability enhancing drug.
Blindsided had me up well past my bedtime three nights running while I spent the days with the book under my arm trying to find a couple of quiet moments to read a paragraph or two or 10. I missed the fact that my niece was up to bat in a softball game and did not get the video of her hitting a single because I was too engrossed in Whipple’s mutant-filled world to realize that play had resumed.
The Pack finally becomes what it should be and Fiona takes the leadership role that she should have. While this and other developments cause Fiona to have some seriously nagging identity questions, they are posed in an interesting way that allows the reader to be in Fiona’s shoes.
Whipple’s quick pacing and deftly written characters are so well done that Disney would do well to grab the movie and theme park rights. While pulling off an invisible girl at a meet and greet might be beyond Disney’s capabilities at this point, it is not beyond Whipple’s talents to make Fiona and everyone else seem real.
While those with mutations struggle with the idea of taking the red pill to end the mutation, the blue pill to enhance the mutation, or no pill to remain as they are, you will find yourself Blindsided as the novel’s twists and turns keep the reader on his or her toes.
Which pill would you take knowing that they both have excruciating consequences? Leave your comments below.