Kathleen asked:

I hope this heroine isn't another world-saving ass-kicking obnoxious female teenager??? Tired of them. Plus, they make me feel like a boring old frump.

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Sherwood Smith No, this is an ensemble story, with five main protagonists. The strongest female, Jennie, I don't think is obnoxious (of course you know how much to trust a writer's opinion!) at least in the sense of many dystopias: she is not obsessed with her looks, and her life doesn't revolve around guys, though she does have a boyfriend, and that relationship gets complicated. The other two main female characters have different issues. Um, very different.

We tried to turn a lot of the tropes inside out, while having fun writing about powers, and weird plants and animals, and plenty of action.
Rachel Brown It's not about saving the world. It's about saving one town.

One of the heroines does kick some ass. But so do some middle-aged and even old women.
Axel Vargas It is taken in perspective of 4-5 protagonists that come from different cultures and have completely opposite personalities. Connectable to anybody and is very entertaining. Small anime generic(Awkward scenes b/w different people, if you know what i mean). But it is pretty ok
Marlowe There are several protagonists. And while several of them are pretty ass-kicking, they are each ass-kicking in specific ways, so no individual character feels too overpowered. They have to work together, and even then the stakes still feel meaningful - wins are hard won.

Worlds are not saved.
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