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(Parahumans #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  47 reviews
This work is a sequel, the events following that of the web serial Worm. It is not meant to be read in isolation, and would-be readers should check out the prior work first.


The unwritten rules that govern the fights and outright wars between ‘capes’ have been amended: everyone gets their second chance. It’s an uneasy thing to come to terms with when notorious supe
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Published May 2nd 2020 by
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J Rhodes
Aug 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: ardent Worm fans
Ward is fascinating. Really, there hasn't been anything like it.

But first, context.

Ward is the sequel to the online sensation Worm. Worm is, essentially, unprecedented in the world of web fiction. A superhero story by a man named Wildbow that became a success story on the back of nothing but worldbuilding, characters, and steady escalation. I believe that, with care and editing, Worm could become a YA phenomenon. I've recommended it, even in its present state, to many people.

Worm is Wildbow's su
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
ATTENTION WILDBOW FANBOYS: I can't believe I have to post a note for this review too, but here we go.

I did not like Worm. I did not like Ward, or Twig, or anything else Wildbow wrote. The following review is negative and you will not agree with it. If you're here to post condescending remarks about how "defensive" I come across or how I "just didn't understand the source material," kindly keep on moving. If not, I can and will block you. I am not interested in getting into a long debate with so
Scott Daly
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've talked about this book for literally 200+ hours (most of them absolute nonsense) so my ability to judge it under the pretense of criticism is...dubious at best. I didn't just read Ward, I lived it for 2 1/2 years.

I think this book is a masterpiece. It's not perfect, but I am utterly uninterested at poking at its imperfections right now. A web serial is more like a TV show than a novel. Some episodes are worse than others (for every "The Body", you have a "Beer Bad,") but like a TV show it'
Rudi Colt
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Greatly disappointed.
Loved Worm to hell and Ward feels like the female Ghostbuster movie.
Ward turns a badass story into a SJW therapy session.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Don't bother with thee claims that it's a "slow burn" more like dull slog. The only complaint I find with this work is its too damn boring. Boring characters, boring over the top cheap body horror and boring holier than thou spiel. ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
After fourteen arcs, I'm going to rate this. I decided to take a break from Ward to wait until it finished, and I'm not sure I'll ever get around to it. It was a solid three stars then, but now I'm writing this review I'm thinking only two stars. Probably because I decided to read his previous work, Twig, in the meantime and realised that it had so much of what I was missing in Ward.

Ward is not Worm 2, and I enjoyed it a lot more once I realised this and stopped directly comparing/contrasting th
Shane Moore
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been five years since the first book in this series, "Worm", was completed, and in the interim its author has honed his skills. He's improved his pacing and maintained the knack of presenting believable characters quickly, of providing enough resolution to be satisfying while still rolling out cliffhangers, and of writing excellent fight scenes.

The reintroduction of the world these characters inhabit is subtler, with fewer infodumps and more contextual information appearing as the in med
Spencer Gillespie
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unbearably pretentious, boring and disappointing.
Bill Zhang
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Personally not a fan. I tend to not like post-GM fanfics either, so it might just be me.
For Wildbow fans who just finished Worm, I'd strongly recommend Twig instead!
Primo S.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, sci-fi
Today's chapter is called 20.end in an arc called Last, so I would assume that this is over. And what a fantastic journey this has been. Not perfect by any means, but this story still means a lot to me, despite its many imperfections.

Let's start with the inevitable comparison to Worm. No, this isn't like Worm at all, despite the fact that it features a lot of the same characters. The main difference to me is the focus. Some people will say that Ward is slower and more boring, which is a fair st
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May 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Summery: As a standalone, this story is a boring slog with some interesting characters, as a sequel, It's a waste of time.

Ward is 2 years of story events compressed to a timeline of 3 months and than the telling of it is stretched out to 2 million words. Which wouldn't be so bad if the payoffs and conclusions were good, but they fizzle out and make you think, 'that's it?'

If you asked anyone who has read ward what the best parts were, they would likely say the interludes, probably because their a
Taylor Jones
Apr 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Now that this story is over, I feel like I can review it honestly. Horrible. Terrible. Insulting. Makes me wonder why I ever got into Wildbow's writing. Makes me realize I don't want to read anything else he might write. ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is not a sequel. This is a handbook.

If you are interested in reading weaverdice rules, give a shit about collating who would win feats, and have infinite patience for a text that serves no purpose than to technically make JKR-tier words of god "text", boy have I got the book for you.

If you're interested in "characters" or "plot" or "setting," gtfo.
Eric Redinger
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Nowhere near as good as Worm.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just got tired of the constant slide into doom with this sequel.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an experience.

I read Worm, the first Parahumans serial, years after it was finished in a huge binge over the course of a couple of weeks, and fell in love with Wildbow's writing. It was my first real exposure to the web serial format, but I never got to really experience it as a web serial.

With Ward it was different. This was my first experience with a serial where I was actually consuming it *as a serial*, waiting for those twice a week drip-feeds of sweet sweet chapter updates. Over the
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
I do not give many one star ratings. I gave Worm 5 stars. It is not unusual for a sequel not to live up to the standard set by the original, but I don't think I have ever encountered such a large gap in quality between two works as I did with Worm and Ward. Ward was so poorly written that a lot of the time I had to go to the reddit thread after reading a chapter just to work out what had actually happened. Ward's characters, starting with the protagonist Victoria, are just pale shadows of the vi ...more
Aaron Dettmann
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Some quotes I liked:

4.2: “What are the hearts, stars, and apples you’re writing down?”
“It’s algebra, duh. You don’t have to use X and Y or A and B. You can use anything to represent the variable. I like hearts and stars and apples.”
Sukhomlinov Vitaliy
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
It all started three years ago when I changed jobs an d was searching for an audio book to listen during the commute. I liked Worm so much that I jumped into Ward right away. Same universe , same superheroes, but not the same dynamics... I guess I lost it at the shardspace arc, that’s when I started visiting r/Parahumans weekly for the analysis. I honestly don’t think anybody can even explain the plot in 50 words or less
Nippoten Nippoten
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Strictly 4 My P.A.R.A.H.U.M.A.N.Z…

[reposted from Web Fiction Guide because it's closing down soon, RIP]

Wildbow is in a unique spot in the web fiction world. Three very long, very popular serials in his oeuvre, now over a million words into the sequel of the work that first put him on. All Eyez on Him.

But the fact remains, we are now over a million words into Ward. Is the length justified, or does it crumble under its own word count? The short answer is we are reading literary rubble.

The foundati
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like the main characters. They're all so complicated and interesting and I love them. Except Chris. There are lots of neat minor characters too. One of 'em has a bingo sheet for explosive organs. Just as an example.
I do like the worldbuilding, and there are interesting powers and resolutions to crises. Also they make jokes, and fashion judgements, and political catastrophes. It's really rather varied.
Miki Shim-barry
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ward is probably the best of Wildbow's works so far. The stuff that made Worm great is all there - creative and realistic uses of powers, terrifying and fleshed out villains, interesting interlude perspectives, and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Deeper character building gets you emotionally invested in pretty a large cast of characters - which pays off throughout the story in myriad ways.
Alexander Sedge
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read it serially, so I don't know how it comes off in a binge-read - for that reason, I won't comment on pacing.

But the characters are great, the emotion is realistic, the stakes are significant, and the high points are earned by how hard the heroes work to achieve them. Read Worm first, then if you like it, give this a try.

Yes, you NEED to read the first one to get what's going on here.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
caught up 8)
Vasil Kolev
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This took a while. The 5-6k pages take some time to go through, even though the book is very hard to put down and screws up your sleep schedule.

It will take me some time to process and compare with Worm, but in some ways it's pretty close to it. The protagonist this time is somewhat worse/more boring than Skitter in "Worm", and there are some weird parts in the ending that would need some polish, and the book starts slower, but still it's a masterpiece. I don't regret the month or two I spent re
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
How do you even review a story of this scale? I honestly can't decide where to start. With every giant webserial, Wildbow has taken great strides in his skill as an author and this book is no exception. Instead of attempting to distill some kind of analysis to this story, I'm just going to list out a couple of my favourite moments for posterity.

1. The Eclipse arc. Ashley's story is without a doubt the highlight of the whole book for me, and this set of chapters let us dive into it in a way that
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The problem with reviewing a book like this, that has spanned three years of my life and some millions of words, is that it's really, really long.

It's easy to take a single chapter update and hold it up as powerfully heart-wrenching (Torch 7.x), cathartic and triumphant (Gleaming 9.15), horrifying in a very human way (Gleaming 9.x, 9.y and 9.z) or just enjoyable characters in a slice-of-life hangout episode (Polarize 10.1). There's twists and turns, new characters and old, there's death and rebi
I quit this in the middle of the third arc. I find the writing a lot less clear than in Worm. Maybe Wildbow is experimenting with leaving more unsaid so the reader has to fill in the blanks, but it really isn’t working for me. One manifestation of this is less “he said” and “she said”, where instead you have to infer who is talking based on context. And I’m pretty sure in at least a couple cases, a third person joined the conversation without being announced! That’s probably just a need for edit ...more
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Wildbow (real name John C. McCrae, born in 1984), is a Canadian writer of Web Serial Novels.

His works include:

Ward (sequel to Worm)


Other books in the series

Parahumans (2 books)
  • Worm (Parahumans, #1)

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