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Title: Mutant City
Author: Steve Feasey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date: 8 May 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Fifty years ago, the world was almost destroyed by a chemical war. Now the world is divided into the mutants and the pure. Mutants must fight for survival in a scarred landscape, while the privileged pure live out a life of disease-free perfection.

Thirteen years ago, a covert government experimental facility was shut down and its residents killed. The secrets it held died with them. But five extraordinary kids survived.

Today four teenagers are about to discover that their mutant blood brings with it special powers. They are heading straight for Mutant City with rival factions close behind. One by one, they face the enemy. Together, they must stay alive . . .

REVIEW BY MEGAN – YEAR 8

At first glance, the inhabitants of City Four all appear perfect. Science has helped to make them that way. All disease, sickness and the genetic differences that exist in humans have been removed. Parents can choose exactly what their children will look like, everything down to the colour of their eyes and their hair. Nothing is left to chance. The only problen of this, otherwise perfect, existence is the groups of individuals who live outside the city walls.

The other survivors of the last war, the mutants exist in the remains of the old world. Life is harsh. Disease, violence and starvation are an everyday fact of life. Everyone has to be willing to fight for their survival. It’s a tough existence and many are dying because of it. They watch their neighbours and are jealous of all the things that they are missing out on.

One of my favorite things about Mutant City are all the characters. Jax, Anya, Flea, Rush and Brick are a great group. Each of these unique young men and women have powers that allow them to do truly remarkable things. If I really had to choose I think Brick and Flea would probably be my favorites. Brick is the heart and soul of the group. His special ability is also a key element of the plot. I’ll say no more than that, I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. Flea, meanwhile, is a equally wonderful. Quiet and extremely shy she has a really cool power that look like magic to anyone who didn’t know she had it.

The real highlight of the novel for me though is the relationship between the characters Rush and Brick. They are the first two mutants to meet. This group are more than just scientific experiments, they are a family.

I enjoyed Mutant City, its loads of fun. If you are looking for a cracking action-packed story and some wonderful characters then you don’t need to look any further. This is a great introduction to the science fiction genre. If you’re a fan of the X-Men or superheroes in general, then I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of this.