Evolution: HEX by S. A.Huchton
What Inspired Me to Write My Book
Growing up, my mom and brother were both huge comic book fans. While I preferred regular books, I indulged from time to time in comics as well, drawn in both by the artwork and characters I discovered. The X-Men and Cloak & Dagger were amongst my favorites back then, and I even tried my hand at drawing my own characters and writing up little backstories for them. But, alas, drawing was never a real talent of mine, so for many years I set that aside for the things I was more interested in.
I think the first time it ever occurred to me that superheroes were possible in book format was when I listened to the audiobook podcast of Mur Lafferty’s Playing For Keeps. I loved the world Mur created, and it’s still one of my favorite stories even now. But I can’t say that I had any inclination to write that sort of thing myself. For me, it’s all about finding the right characters or initial idea. Whatever world that happens to be in, well, I just run with it and see what happens.
The real breakthrough probably happened when Hollywood started churning out the current round of superhero movies a few years back. What started with Iron Man (and sort of the Edward Norton Hulk movie too, but it wasn’t anywhere near as good), became a full-blown love affair with superheroes when the Avengers movie released. I went back and watched any superhero movie I could get my hands on, including the not-so-fantastic Fantastic Four movie during my travels last summer.
It was amidst this movie (for whatever reason I can’t fathom), that my mind wandered and hit on something. As I showered before bed that night, a sudden flash of inspiration hit me, like all of the superhero stuff I’d taken in for the past five years coalesced into a solid, fully formed idea of my own. The final scene of Evolution: ANGEL sprang to life and my brain went on a full-tilt rollercoaster ride of plotting and planning about who those characters were and what had brought them to that point. And then, I kept going, working out what would become of them in the aftermath and how they would grow and change and become even stronger for having lived through it all. It was amazing and unstoppable and insane and the most phenomenal fun I’d ever had writing books. Either it was going to be something incredible, or turn into a flaming pile of NOPE.
So far, so good. On the whole, the responses to this series have been overwhelmingly in the positive. Readers that don’t even like superheroes are finding themselves drawn into the story and invested in the characters and their journey. That’s really the best thing a writer can hope for, so I’m so glad these books are finding a place in readers’ hearts. If nothing else, it’s helped me learn to trust my creative instincts, no matter how unusual the idea is.
A lie is a prison without bars.
A captive of the enemy, Candace is forced to confront mistakes and regrets from both sides of the battlefield, including her own. Nothing is simple, and lines in the sand that were once clear have become blurred and indistinguishable. Even the unlikely love she found teeters on the edge of uncertainty.
The truth is not always what it seems, and can be a prison of its own.
Alone, she must decide where she stands. Alone, she must decide who to trust.
When the smoke clears, what's left might not be much…
But it might be enough.
(5 / 5)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I just want to wallow around in this book hangover after finishing up this series. Is it really the end? Please tell me there are more on the way! Starla Huchton has managed to flesh out a super powered world wide open for possibilities!
After that cliffhanger of an ending from the previous book, I’m not going to be the one who spoils what happens in this one! Drama, intrigue, secrets, heartache, and action swirl around Candy Cane like a whirlpool as bombshell after bombshell of revelations go off like an artillery strike!
It was getting pretty far along in the book and things didn’t look like they were going to be resolved in time (Not the cliffy trifecta!) but fear not it managed to sneak in under the wire. It’s probably not the ending you’ll be expecting but it was pretty satisfying and full of potential.