And then there was the most important bit: the story. I can’t say too much here without giving away the plot for those who are yet to read The Relic Trilogy, but it’s for those who love Sarah J Mass, and Ilona Andrews. It’s fantastical and escapist, but more mature than a typical YA read. It’s a voyage of discovery for all the main characters as they have their eyes opened to what the world is really like.
There are parallels for anyone emerging from behind society’s traditional shelters: family, education, parental internet controls, Disney fairy tales … The trilogy addresses some of the key themes for this time: parents are not infallible (in fact most of them are pretty average), politicians are wholly unreliable, and relationships are difficult, not only because they’re full of choices, but because Prince Charming, unfortunately, doesn’t exist.
There are especially strong parallels for those who have recently left the safe confines of education, to find the world of work isn’t quite what they had always either expected or hoped for. People are mean, or worse, indifferent. Bosses don’t always want to recognise potential. Stupid decisions are made. Power is abused. People who should be older and wiser are scared, stubborn and risk averse.
However, whilst recognising all the disappointments of reality, The Relic Trilogy also offers escapism, not least the romantic kind. Anita has three gorgeous, powerful men chasing after her, and, let’s face it, that can make pretty much anything seem manageable … even the potential destruction of your world, or the fact you’ve been lied to your entire life.
The Relic Trilogy offers another kind of escapism too, a magical pushing-the-boundaries-of-human-abilities escapism, because, when you walk into a room and the energy’s tense, there’s got to be something more to that then body language – right?