Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault

{4.5/5} “Elaine might look like an eighteen-year-old with a fifty-year-old’s haircut, but on a scale of ambition from one to ten, where one was a doorknob and ten was a great white shark, Elaine would use the doorknob to beat the shark to death.”

All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner, published in 2017

Kim and her housemates go to the University of Waterloo. One quiet night when most students have gone home they hear explosions in the Engineering building. Some Darklings are up to something mysterious — with a portal to another dimension. After the kerfuffle, Kim and her friends realize that they are now Sparks — they have superpowers.

After writing the League of Peoples science fiction series, Gardner has switched to the superhero genre. But his sense of humour remains the same.

The characters are delightful. This is probably the first superhero story set in Waterloo. Key locations are the University of Waterloo, St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, and the dump.

I’ve read all 9 of Gardner’s SF and fantasy books. I previously reviewed his novel Expendable.

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