Published by Subterranean Press on February 24, 2023
Genres: Science Fiction
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The girls of Unbreakable Starlight were part of an ancient tradition of magical warriors defending the Earth from the forces of the Outside. They knew their powers and their place, and they planned to fight to the very end. They just didn't think the end would come so very soon.
And they never dreamt that when the dust settled, two of their members would be the last magical protectors in the world.
For Piper, her time as a member of Unbreakable Starlight was the best part of her life, the first and only time that she had been truly happy. She'd had friends, she'd had powers, and she'd had her animal companion to make sure that she understood the patterns she saw in all things. Until it all came crashing down.
For Yuina, whose sister died on the night of the assault that killed most of the world's magical protectors, forgetting what she used to be is all that's mattered to her for years. She's been trying her best to toe the line and be the good little symbol of a forbidden calling that her government wants her to be, and she'll keep trying even if it kills her.
But magical protectors existed for a reason, and even if they've all died and the heralds who used to invite replacements to the fight have been forced into hiding. And if the magical protectors aren't holding the line against the Outside, who is?
Lines exist because somebody drew them, and now, with the world left undefended, the lines are getting blurred. Soon enough, something's going to break.
We made a vow, unshakable:
In starlight, we're unbreakable.
We’ll protect the world with all we are,
And when we fall, we’ll fall like stars.
I never know exactly what kind of story I’m going to get when I start a Mira Grant story. I rarely read the blurbs of her books before I read them. I like going in blind, but that means I have no idea what I’m walking into. I just know the story is going to be good. I’ve yet to read a bad Mira Grant story. She writes such amazing characters that I fall in love with them. Then she often kills them off and makes me hate her. The life of a horror reader.
Unbreakable follows two women who were once part of a group of young girls who were given magical powers and were supposed to save the world. They are the only two survivors of not only their team, but all of the magical girls. They are now grown up, but have completely different lives. One lives in a gilded cage where she is trotted out on daytime talk shows to push the government propaganda to teach parents to watch their kids so they don’t accept these powers. The other is kept drunk to keep her mind numb. She kept hidden from the public because she won’t push the propaganda.
While this was a short novella, it does feel like a full length story. It was a very interesting story. I would love to read more in this world, but then I say that about every book she writes. If you like horror and you haven’t tried Mira Grant, you’re really missing out. I think it is also good for people who want suspense with some supernatural thrown in.
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