Book review: Mutant City (Steve Feasey)

CaptureIt’s hard to argue against the popularity of mutants and people with super powers being at its height currently. With the rise of the ‘geek’ into the mainstream with The Big Bang Theory and comic book movies dominating the box office, there’s no better time to examine the idea of humanity and playing God. That’s exactly what the heart of Steve Feasey‘s Mutant City is – what happens when a government gets ideas above its station and starts playing around with things it shouldn’t. While not a million miles away from something like Marvel’s X-Men series, Feasey’s approach is intriguing enough to make it stand out from the crowd, and while the influences are clear, it’s certainly not a carbon copy.

Mutant City tells the tale of a war-torn world where being a mutant simply isn’t acceptable. It’s something that is frowned upon, and the dominant force is the pure of the world. We pick up the journey at a time where the young that were experimented on years ago are drawn together, ending up with no choice but to rage against the machine and stay true to who they really are – mutants. It’s not just about survival but about changing the world and taking back their rightful place, rather than being forced to live underground or in the shadows, never being able to be who they really are.

CaptureFeasey has a talented grasp on developing character and tension. With each chapter, he takes us a step further on the individual journeys of each mutant, towards a common goal. We are shown not only the side of the mutants, fighting their way through to each other, but also that of their nemesis. We learn about motivation, about greed and personal relationships, and how they all ended up where they are today. It’s a world of intrigue that Feasey has created, resulting in a story that has you anticipating every next move a character makes. Each individual has their own distinct personality, and whether it’s Rush, a headstrong boy born to lead, or Brick, a larger than life healer with a heart of gold, you feel like you get into the mind of each character and want them to survive. Along with Silas, Jax, Tia and others, there’s a sense of camaraderie that has a real chance of taking on the dastardly Melk and his plans for continued domination.

It’s clear that Steve Feasey is a real fan of science-fiction and fantasy. Mutant City poses some interesting questions, presents a real threat at its core, and manages to be a gripping yet often humourous journey through its 368 pages. You end up caring about the wellbeing of all of the good guys, whether those a result of illegal experiments or those simply wanting to help them. By the end, you feel like you’ve been to Hell and back, but you’ll gladly want to take that journey again in its sequel Mutant Rising in 2015. In the setting of Scorched Earth, Feasey has created an addictive and enjoyable world that is well worth setting foot in.

Mutant City by Steve Feasey is out in Paperback and eBook on 8th May from Bloomsbury.

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