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Revenge and the Wild (and Crazy!) West Gets a Bit Out of Control
and the Wild, Michelle Modesto
In Revenge and the Wild, young Westie is on the run … from her own personal
demons.Most particularly from the need
to find the cannibals (yes, cannibals) who killed and presumably ate her entire
family while they were lost and separated from the rest of the westward wagon
train.Although she survived and was
adopted by a millionaire inventor who created a powerful mechanical arm to
replace her “lost” arm, this kind of thing leaves a mark on a girl: Westie is a wild child!Eventually her whirlwind of psychic pain
draws everyone who loves her into its vortex, including her Wintu friend Bena,
fellow cannibal survivor Alistair, her adoptive father, and even a friendly new
I was first drawn to this book by … well, frankly, by that
cannibal twist.What’s up with this? I
thought.Honestly, that story still
seems compelling to me, trying to solve the murder of her parents ... by
cannibals, people!And then those cannibals show
up in her town as potential backers for her adoptive father’s new invention
(which invention is necessary to save the “magic” that protects the entire
town).And that’s where things just kind
of fall apart for me.
It’s not that no one else believes that these nice people
are cannibals – I mean, they haven’t seen them eat anyone, and it’s a horrible
thing to suggest about people one hardly knows – and after all, that’s just the way we make the main character
struggle to prove her case, to put her through her paces.Instead, the difficulty comes in the way in which the author has layered
on the monsters and themes and … complications, until a lot of what was there was just ... amess.
It’s cannibals and vampires and magic!Oh, my!Oh, and steampunk and Native Americans and trolls, and, by the way,
zombies, and on and on and on.And
Westie is not just the possessor of a super-strong mechanical arm and a burning
vendetta to find her family’s killers.She is also (at the tender age of 17?) a recovering alcoholic who can’t
quite get past that itch.Possible,
yes.Necessary? I dunno.Just a bit too much for me.
So it was definitely the wild, wild Westie, and there were
some good twists along the way, but I felt that the author introduced a crazy world
that was never well-integrated.This one
is best read with mental eyes in a permanent half-squint, if you know what I
mean, since the supernatural and steampunk blend left much to be desired.