I received an ARC of Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman which will be released on December 4, 2018.
This book has an interesting premise and when I read the description I was intrigued. Jack Jetstark has travelled the universe to locate the descendants of individuals who’ve been altered by VesCorp scientists. These self-proclaimed freaks have superpowers that they aren’t aware of until they hear a song with certain vibrations that cause their powers to be revealed. The song is played every night through a receptor Jack was given by the woman he loves. The group Jack has assembled has created a travelling carnival and use their powers during the duration of song each night to create an entertaining show that includes a firebreather, a wild man, an angel and telepathic conjoined triplets. Their carnival show has been travelling for years, until one night the song suddenly changes causing their superpowers to become permanent. The following night the song does not play at all and Jack believes that it is a signal from the woman he loves that she is in danger and needs his protection. He and his group decide to find out.
Overall, this book was enjoyable to read. However, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I’m not sure if it was the book description or the cover itself but I thought that the travelling carnival would have been more of a focus in the story. I would say that a battle against an oppressive government, agency or in this case corporation isn’t new by any means but there was plenty of action to keep me engrossed in the story. Also, one of the primary themes was about people feeling like they don’t belong, finding a place where they can connect with others while still being true to themselves. I loved that message but for some reason I didn’t find myself connecting with the characters fully and it left me wanting a bit more.