Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Book review - Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir

Book Summary

THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets the DC universe in this breathtaking, thrilling origin story of Black Canary. Her voice is her weapon, and in a near future world where women have no rights, she won’t hesitate to use everything she has to fight back.

Dinah Lance was seven years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant to hear—not in her lifetime, and not in Gotham City, taken over by the Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham as a patriarchal dictatorship, all the while spreading their influence like a virus across the globe.

Now seventeen, Dinah can’t forget that haunting sound, and she’s beginning to discover that her own voice is just as powerful. But singing is forbidden—a one-way stop to a certain death sentence. Can she balance her father’s desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own desire to help other women and girls rise up and finally be heard? And will her voice be powerful enough to destroy the Court of Owls once and for all?

Flo's Review

I've been enjoying the DC Icons series, so I was super excited to learn about a new addition! I wanted Black Canary as soon as I heard about it. Believe it or not, I was not really familiar with Black Canary and the Birds of Prey before reading this, so I didn't come in with any preconceived notions or expectations. 

Dinah was a little bit whiny, but her Gotham City sucked, so I understand. (That was pretty much one of my status updates for the book -- lol.) There were a few characters of whom I wasn't quite sure their allegiances, and I enjoyed seeing where they ended up. (Well, by "enjoyed" I mean that one broke my heart, but you know.)

Black Canary is a great installation to the DC Icons series -- action-packed, engaging, and fun from beginning to end. I would recommend picking it up if you're intrigued.

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