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In a world of mutants, being invisible is anything but 'Transparent'

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Transparent by Natalie Whipple

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In a world where mutations are common, there are some mutations that are better than others, especially if you are the daughter of a crime lord. In Transparent, Fiona is the invisible girl, the perfect tool for her father to use in any type of crime, but when he orders her to kill the daughters of a crime boss in another region, Fiona and her mother go on the run.

Natalie Whipple sets up her world with the skill of a master painting flicking a few brush strokes across a canvas. There is no exploration and no long-winded explanations; there is only Fiona’s perceptions and a couple of phrases that are good enough to give the reader an understanding of what the world is like. The fact that mutations seem so normal is part of the book’s strength.

With believable dialogue and relationships, Whipple is able to write her characters to life. Fiona, her brothers, friends and family are real people with flaws and superpowers. She uses her characters to explore the idea of identity and how people choose who they are. For Fiona, invisibility makes her physically transparent but emotionally unreadable.

Love triangles, action and a great story make Transparent the kind of book that pulls you through until the end. Take a weekend and lose yourself in this story, you will be surprised at what you find.

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