downloadReviewed by Jessa Larsen

At a time of her life when most teenagers feel misunderstood and, well, just plain invisible…Fiona McClean is literally invisible. Fiona lives in a world in which genes have been mutated and the general population is frequently born with a wide variety of unnatural talents. Fiona has been born with a genetic predisposition to invisibility. This isn’t as fun as it sounds being that her father is the head of the local syndicate and to him, invisibility is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s father has been forcing her family to do his dirty work for years. Anything from spying on the competition to stealing vehicles, to breaking into bank vaults. After sixteen very long years of doing her father’s bidding, Fiona and her mother have had enough. They flee to a small town and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like she can live a normal life. Well, as normal as being invisible allows. That is, until her father makes it abundantly clear that he won’t give up his prized possessions that easily.

Transparent is set in a world where a drug meant to protect the population from radiation during the cold war was quickly used and abused. The population took enough of the drug to start mutating and soon enough it spread to being passed down from generation to generation. People were born with mutations in the form of a variety of strange talents. The FDA quickly pulled the drug, but that just forced the drug and its users underground which quickly spread to large scale syndicates running the big bad show. What started as a cure spiraled into more of a nightmare, especially for anyone born with a particularly useful mutation.

I highly enjoyed the creativity of Transparent and the variety of characters throughout the book. It was definitely how I would picture such a drug and its effects to progress. Realistically, if such a drug were to be created and the population got its hands on it, it would quickly move underground to more dangerous and illegal routes were the government to ban it. People would definitely want to use it recreationally if not hazardously. Big name bad guys would get their greedy paws on the drug and people will do anything to rise to power. I was quickly drawn into the world of Transparent and loved the unfolding of events. This is definitely a book you read late into the night when you know you really should be putting it down and going to sleep.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

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