Review of Playing for Keeps

In Playing for Keeps, Mur Lafferty tells the story of a group of people with powers so worthless that they’re not considered adequate to become a part of the city’s elite group of heroes. When the hubris of those very heroes leads to their downfall, it’s up to the misfits to save the day.

Why to buy this book: It is competently written, and the ebook edition doesn’t cost a bunch.

Why not to buy the book: While the writing is competent, it is not spectacular. Though there are no major stylistic annoyances, the plot drove the characters whether than my preference of the reverse. My biggest complaint was that it sometimes wasn’t clear what was happening and why it was happening.

Bottom Line: I don’t regret reading it, but it didn’t feel special to me. I give it a middle-of-the-road 3 stars.


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