The description of Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots promised to turn the superhero/supervillain genre on its head, and focus on the underling as a cog in the corporate machine. Naturally, I was intrigued.
Hench follows Anna, a minor temp worker who does data-related work for villains. But when she stumbles on an idea that starts to consume her and ends up under the wing of a new boss, Anna’s life begins to change very, very quickly.
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Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots: My Thoughts
I didn’t know what to expect going into this. The premise is wayyy different than anything I’ve read before. (I like sci fi – especially stuff like Black Mirror – but I tend to be more picky about it in book form). But when I read about this book for the first time, I just had a feeling I would like it. And I’m happy to report: I was right!
I was sort of picturing a Marvel vibe, but what I got felt a little more grounded in reality. Which actually worked really well here! The focus on a normal young woman just trying to make a living made the story more relatable. I loved the details of the villains’ lairs (i.e. luxury office compound), the idea that even superheroes have their vices, and the heartwarming friendships between the main character and other henches/coworkers.
It was a little dark at times (I mean, we are talking about actual villains who scheme and kidnap, and superheroes who cause collateral damage to people and buildings). But the humor kept it light for the most part!
Hench has such a fresh premise, and I really enjoyed it! It made me laugh and had emotional depth at the same time. Definitely recommended!
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars
Publication date: September 22nd, 2020
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