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Review – Storm Warning (gen:LOCK) by Melissa Scott

Storm Warning (gen:LOCK) by Melissa Scott

Book Title: Storm Warning (gen:LOCK)

Book Description: “The first-ever novel for gen:LOCK, the hit animated sci-fi series starring Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, David Tennant, and Maisie Williams! The last few months have been a whirlwind for Cammie MacCloud. Ever since she agreed to join the gen:LOCK program to help fight the Union, an authoritarian force threatening the world, she's been struggling to find her place in the group. As a 17-year-old genius hacker, she doesn't really fit in among the other four recruits: She can't shoot, she isn't the most graceful in the field, and her brash style doesn't exactly jibe with Command. But Cammie notices things the others don't, and she has the skills to investigate when something feels off... like their latest mission, which finds them stranded at the center of a deadly storm with a Union spy in their midst. Don't miss this epic, original novel from multiple award-winning author Melissa Scott and the gen:LOCK team!”

Book Author: Melissa Scott

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Scholastic Inc.

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Date published: October 6, 2020

Number Of Pages: 304

  • Writing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Development - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Summary

Storm Warning (gen:LOCK) is the first ever novel to come out of the world of gen:LOCK. Cammie’s world hasn’t been the same since she got busted, but now she’s with a new team, and making a difference in the world.

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Cammie’s Unique Perspective Shines in Storm Warning (gen:LOCK)

Storm Warning is the first novel ever to come out of the world of gen:LOCK. Gen:LOCK is an animated (and hit) series, about a world full of advanced technology, and a war against the Union. The series became a bit more famous thanks to the voice actors they brought onto the team: Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, David Tennant, and Maisie Williams.

Melissa Scott - Storm Warning
Melissa Scott – Storm Warning

So far, gen:LOCK has only released one season (though the second is actively being worked on now). That isn’t much for fans to hold onto. Thankfully, there’s a graphic novel series, and now a novel! I can’t be the only fan hoping that this is just the first of many.

Following the events of season one, the gen:LOCK team have been working hard to resist the Union, and to help civilians and the Polity whenever possible. However, a storm grounds the team in the middle of a rescue, giving Cammie a surprising chance to shine. Just not in the way she expected.

Writing

Melissa Scott is the one who stepped up to write the first gen:LOCK novel, Storm Warning. While each and every member of the gen:LOCK team is present (and even gets a chance to shine), there’s no doubt that Cammie steals the show.

It makes sense; Cammie is the only member of the team without combat experience or training. This is never a world or role she had wished for herself. This entire novel is about her adjusting to that life, and making her own path within the life that she has been handed.

It’s wonderfully done, when you look at it like that. It portrays many of the same elements that made fans fall in love with the series, as well as plenty of little details for them to pick up and hold onto. Anything to help the wait, you know?

Honestly, though, Storm Warning would have held up just fine on its own, without a series to lean on. The character dynamics were brilliant, as was the unique take on combat and action. It’s something that fans of the series will be familiar with, but with a few Cammie-oriented twists.

Development

Storm Warning is a fast-paced read, with the gen:LOCK team dealing with one event or disaster after another. Picture the animated series, and all of the dangers they were facing on a regular basis. Now convert that to novel format, and you’ve got a solid idea of what is in store here.

Yet, thanks to the fact that it is a novel, there’s much less of a show/tell issue here. That allowed Scott to dive further into the world—the lore, the tech, the characters—without feeling like we were having information shoved down our throats.

If you think that would slow the novel down, you’d be wrong. Each and every revelation seemed to be leading towards something, giving the gen:LOCK team more reasons to learn, and to grow as a team.

The whole story felt comprehensive. Like I mentioned above, it predominantly focuses on Cammie, yet the other characters play a role as well. It leaves me hopeful that we’ll see stories from their perspectives later on. All of which would further flesh out the world.

Conclusion

Storm Warning is the perfect novel for any and all gen:LOCK fans. It’s not the same as watching the show, but it is close. Personally, I adored this novel, and all of the added insight into the world and characters.

On that note, I really do hope that this is the start of something new. An entire novel series with this sort of focus would make for a great read, while allowing the wait between seasons to feel a bit more bearable.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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