Review: Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Twisty, yet surprisingly slow in places, I found Providence to be a novel that remained subversive of stereotypes as it tells the story of someone who has unwanted superpowers. Don't expect Jon to turn into the next DC or Marvel superhero. Don't expect Chloe to become Lois Lane. The Lovecraft references are quite amusing, though I suspect that I would have got more out of them had I been a little more familiar with the author and his work. There are some interesting questions raised about the level of agency that people have over themselves. There are various cruel twists of fate. The sting with this one is while there are some great moments, the novel as a whole became quite tiresome as I felt that the plot didn't always come together as neatly as it should. Or to put it another way, the novel's greatest strength--it's subversiveness--sometimes felt like its greatest weakness. The prose itself, as with Kepnes previous offerings, is very well done.
Recommended for those times when you're looking for something a bit different.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC of Providence.