Transparent 's Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she's been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people.Read more...
Transparent's Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she's been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people.
Fiona's had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father's reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can't trust, and a guy at school she can't stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she'll go to protect everyone she's come to love.
Fans of strong heroines like Daughter of Smoke and Bone's Karou or Maximum Ride's Max will fall in love with Transparent by Natalie Whipple.
- ISBN-13: 9780062120168
- ISBN-10: 0062120166
- Publisher: Harper Teen
- Publish Date: May 2013
- Page Count: 350
- Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
- Dimensions: 8.41 x 5.14 x 0.89 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Superpowers are a dime a dozen in the alternate Earth of Whipple’s debut novel: a Cold War antiradiation drug caused rampant mutations among its users and their progeny, and vast criminal syndicates gained dominance in the following years. Still, some powers are rarer than others: 16-year-old Fiona O’Connell is the first and only person who’s truly invisible. It’s a talent that her father, one of the syndicate leaders, is eager to exploit, and his ability to manipulate women with his pheromone-based powers helps him get his way. When he orders Fiona to kill for him, she and her telekinetically talented mother escape and try to stay undercover in an Arizona desert town. Whipple’s story starts strong but flags as Fiona slowly makes friends and becomes romantically entangled with a pair of superpowered brothers. The pace rapidly accelerates in the final chapters, but too much time is spent with Fiona fretting over exposing her new allies to danger. The novel reads more like a setup for things to come than a full-fledged story in its own right. Ages 13–up. Agent: Anna Webman, Curtis Brown. (June)