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SI CLARKE (she/her) – Author of neurodiverse, culturally diverse, gender-bendy, drunken-arguments-in-the-pub science fiction. Not bang-bang-pew-pew science fiction.

Book review: Magnificent

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Born into a superhero family, our central character (who doesn’t get a name until the end) doesn’t fit in. They don’t have powers — until one day they do.

Magnificent is more of an trans allegory than a novel. The story almost felt like it took a back seat at times. And the first third takes place almost exclusively inside the inside the character’s head, which made it hard to really feel immersed in the story.

Still, an enjoyable quick read with excellent representation and a powerful message.

Favourite quote: ‘As if “family” automatically meant “not queer”.’

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