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(MetaWars #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,166 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end jo
Paperback, 418 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Pocket Books
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Debut of another great series from Meding. There are some similarities but not so much that I felt like I was reading the same books with different names. I liked the main character. She was fallible but her self doubt and fears struggled against her increasing belief in herself as she grew stronger throughout the story. She cracked a lot of jokes but was aware that this was a defense mechanism. She also insult people all the time like broken heroines so often do in UF.

I loved her relationship
This was seriously cool urban fantasy.

It was essentially X-men, but I love superheroes so I really enjoyed it.
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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“Is Trance anything like her Dreg books?” That is the question I seem to be getting asked the most once people find out that I have read both works from both of Kelly Meding’s series. I thought I would start my review off with a little clarification.

If you have read Kelly’s Dreg City books you are probably going to go into reading this book with a certain level of expectation. I totally understand if you do since her Dreg books are made of awesom
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I debated for a long time whether I should pass on this one or not. The post-war, sci-fi blurb had me leaning more towards not reading it. However, when I was presented with the opportunity to read it for free and after discussing its merits with a fellow blogger, I opted to give it a go. I'm happy to report that my time spent reading Trance was not wasted! This is the first book in Kelly Meding's promising new MetaWars series. Trance is like grown-up version of The Incre
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kelly Meding, known for her Dreg City urban fantasies, kicks off her new superhero-based series with Trance. The setting is the future of an alternate past and present. Metas (people with superpowers) were out in the open and known to all. The good guys were “Rangers” and the bad guys “Banes.” Then, during a violent showdown in a devastated Manhattan, all of the Metas lost their powers for reasons unknown. Public opinion had been souring on Metas anyway, and much of the country breathed a sigh o ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
So, when I checked out this book, I thought "Oh, great...a X-Men type book." and then I started reading it and yep, it's a X-Men type book but a good X-Men type book.

Fifteen years ago, Metas (people with special powers) lost all their powers for unknown reasons and that ended the war between the Rangers (good guys) and Banes (bad guys). Trance was only a child when the war ended and like most of her peers was placed in several different foster homes. She's been struggling most of her life when h
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
First Impressions:

Ana: I approached Trance without any real expectations, having heard nothing about the book before and I picked it up on a whim based purely on the blurb and my desire to read a new UF series. I started reading it almost as soon as I bought the book and its opening chapter was super cool and gripping. Although the remainder of the book has its flaws and never exactly lives up the powerful promise of its opening act, Trance was a quick, fast-paced read and I enjoyed it greatly f
Snarktastic Sonja
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Well. I read the sample of this one and immediately picked it up. Unfortunately, to me, the book went downhill from the sample. Until the end. The end was good.

My biggest problem with this book was the main character. I never really connected with her - I didn't really care that much. And, I never really bought into her leading the group she became involved with - she just didn't seem like much of a leader - and several of the others didn't really seem like followers . . . so without that "buy-
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This superhero Urban Fantasy is complete with enough action and suspense to keep your attention.

Opening Sentence: The bronze man’s head was melting.

The Review:

Trance begins in the middle of a superhero battle between the Ranger Corps and the Banes. The Ranger Corps are basically the Avengers/Justice League, all the good Metas, while the Banes are all the evil Meta humans who have banded together to destroy the Rangers. Metas are humans with extr
Jen Davis
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Boy, Kelly Meding sure does love to kill her characters. Seriously, no one was safe in this action packed Urban Fantasy that kept me guessing all the way to the very end.

The story centers on the title character, Trance. She was born a Meta, a human with super-powers. She trained as a child to become a Ranger --one of the "good guys" who protected the world from the Banes (Metas who would use their powers for evil.) When she was only 10, nearly all of the Rangers were wiped out in a brutal war wi
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fifteen years ago, a war between the Metas and the Banes, two supernaturally talented factions, was rapidly destroying the States and the world in its crossfire. When the Banes (the bad guys) were about to win, killing the last Meta children alive, they all suddenly -and painfully- lost their abilities. The Banes were locked up in a mega prison located on Manhattan island and the Meta kids were spread across the States into foster families. The last fifteen years have been really hard on Trance, ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Supernatural superheroes dominate Kelly Medding’s new MetaWars urban fantasy series. In TRANCE, we meet the next (and possibly last) generation of telekinetics, telepaths, elemental wielders, shape shifters and all other manor of superheroes. The world has turned its back on Metas after a war between the heroes (Rangers) and the villains (Banes) destroyed major cities all over the world in their fight for power.

I loved the complete break from tradition
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Trance by Kelly Meding has an awesome opener:

The bronze man’s head was melting. It oozed fat splats of liquid metal and swirled down the front of his old-fashioned suit jacket to puddle at his feet. Some of it hit the bronze duck below him, adding layers of new metal that mutated it into a nightmarish goose.

A man’s head is melting? A nightmarish goose? Consider me intrigued. The beginning of Trance definitely reeled me in very quickly – it was easy to start caring about Teresa West, code name Tr
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Books
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: GalleyGrab
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, MetaWars
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Channeling the same spirit behind the popular X-Men universe with subtle nods to Disney's The Incredibles, this first installment into the MetaWar
The story opens with our main heroine, Teresa (or Trance), along with her friends, who were still bunch of kids, trying to escape the bad guys when suddenly their power disappears. Then fast forward to 15-years-later, when they all get their power back. Unfortunately, the bad guy is also return and still plans to kill all of them.

Think of X-Men, people :). Yes, a bunch of man/woman with supernatural talents, including hypnotize and alter thougts, enhanced five senses, shapeshifting, manipulating
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very fun. Maybe she took to being a leader a bit quickly, but that was my only real quibble. And she was raised as a superhero for her first eleven years, so it wasn't like this really was all new to her. What I liked best was that the scary stuff really did scare her, I always thought that being a hero would be terrifying. And that people get badly hurt and even die, this isn't some fluffy hero tale. I also like that it has a really satisfying ending. There is enough to leave me very much hopin ...more
Fantasy Literature
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kelly Meding, known for her DREG CITY urban fantasies, kicks off her new superhero-based series with Trance. The setting is the future of an alternate past and present. Metas (people with superpowers) were out in the open and known to all. The good guys were “Rangers” and the bad guys “Banes.” Then, during a violent showdown in a devastated Manhattan, all of the Metas lost their powers for reasons unknown. Public opinion had been souring on Metas anyway, and much of the country breathed a sigh o ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Want to read a light action novel about "superheroes" who stand around discussing their emotional hang-ups? Then Trance is the book for you.

Full review to come .... maybe.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Plot: 5 Stars
I love a good urban fantasy that mixes in superheroes and superpowers instead of the paranormal. They only comes around every once and a while, and I've been waiting for a great one like this since I read Black and White by Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge. The powers that the characters had were very interesting, and I really enjoyed how they often had physical characteristics to match. I also really loved the codenames that the author came up with. Codenames are something that c
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I have had Kelly Medding's Dreg City series on my TBR list for a while but haven't had the time to squeeze much recreational reading into my schedule for a while now. When the opportunity to start her new series MetaWars came up I was excited to take it.
Trance introduces the Ranger Corps and the Banes, humans with amazing superpowers collectively known as Meta's whose battles devastated the world until just as the Banes threatened to win the war, their abilities were ripped from them. Trance wa
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fun, quick read
Teresa West is a 25 year old nobody, struggling to survive while working 3 dead-end jobs. Out of the blue, powers that she thought were gone forever are back, and then some!

In Kelly Meding's alternate reality, Xmen are real, and are called Meta-Humans. There are good guys, (the Metas) and bad guys (Banes). Teresa, codename Trance, grew up as a Meta. Her family fought against the seemingly evil Banes, until a final showdown which ended with the mysterious loss of superpowers on both sides. After
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Meding knows how to write an action packed story. I love her Dreg City Series and thought I should give her Meta War series a try. And I’m glad I did. Fans of her Dreg City series will most likely enjoy Trance but even though it’s an urban fantasy book it’s not nearly as dark as Evie’s world.

Meding is an author that’s not afraid to kill a few of her characters. And I like that about her. No one is safe in her worlds. That’s life, no of us get out of it alive and Meding uses that in her wri
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
So, I picked this up a while ago, and the only reason I did is because I am a HUGE-FREAKISHLY-HUGE fan of Kelly Meding. I absolutely adore/love/want to hug/possibly spoon with, her Dreg City series.

I think she is brilliant and her books are in the top '5' of my "Hurry up and Get Here RIGHT NOW" list. I've heard word on the street and it's saying I may be a tad impatient. It's a puzzler, I know..

Once I remembered to pick up and read something I bought in October, I was alllll kinds of excited to
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Superheros in a modern society. What a great world Kelly has built with her new MetaWars series. Teresa is the daughter of two superheros. When she was little something ripped away her and every other superheros powers and she grew up in foster system until they kicked her out at 18. She spent her younger adult years as pretty much a failure. One day after a horrible day of work her powers suddenly reappear and sends her life onto a new path.

From the word go, I loved this book. It has everything I love, a great world, dynamic and strong characters and superheroes. I was a little worried that Trance might suffer from firstbookitis like Meding’s other series did, but there wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t either engrossed in the book or wishing I was (damn the whole having to work thing). I am so thankful that I won an ARC of the book from Meding at her blog. This is definitely going to be one of those books/series that I read over and o ...more

Superhero stories and romance rarely mix well. This mixed with awesome and came out excellent. It is more on the urban fantasy side of things as it's in first person POV and the romance isn't the main point - but they main character will change in each book (to the best of my knowledge).

Realistic, in that the Ranger and Banes fighting has destroyed cities, ruined LA and did cause Act of Meta insurance to be in favor. Also devastating ((view spoiler)
Brenda Demko
Jan 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
After reading the synopsis, I thought Trance would be right up my alley. I really wanted to like this book. However, I did not. Maybe I am not being fair because I didn't actually finish reading it. In my opinion, if you've struggled to read a book and barely make it half way, it is doubtful that the second part will be so wonderful that it will make up for the first half. I have attempted to read Trance so many times, that I have lost count. I don't like to leave books unfinished. This time, I ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars
I almost didn't finish this book because it just wasn't keeping my interest up although parts of it were good. I just had a hard time believing that Trance went from the crappy life to leader of a superhero team in the space of a little over a week. And the token love interest seemed rushed and not believable either. Definitely feels like the beginning of a series and while I think it will probably get better from here, I'm not sure that I will be reading the next one. Maybe if t
This was originally a book I won on Firstreads, and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it quite a lot. Though, I am a sucker for superpowers.

Original review:

I LOVED this book, seriously, I loved it. The cheezy sex scene around the middle of the book didn't even detour my 5 star rating. I was attached to the main character (Trance) from page one and hardly put the book down. I started it on a Friday and was finished by Monday night having time off for my anniversary dinner (Saturday night) an
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is very disappointing, it's just too childish. I'm amazed that I was able to finish it.
It's for kids of ages 8 to 12 that still believes in superheroes with code names and custumes. The book is just bland, with no savvy twist and the plot is nothing to write home about. It has a good cover but a very horrible content
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