Hench : a novel

by Walschots, Natalie Zina, 1983-

Format: Large Print 2020
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"This book is fast, furious, compelling, and angry as hell." -- Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author

The Boys meets My Year of Rest and Relaxation in this smart, imaginative, and evocative novel of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which a young woman discovers the greatest superpower--for good or ill--is a properly executed spreadsheet.

Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking beneath the surface of the world isn't glamorous. But is it really worse than working for an oil conglomerate or an insurance company? In this economy?

As a temp, she's just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called "hero" leaves her badly injured. And, to her horror, compared to the other bodies strewn about, she's the lucky one.

So, of course, then she gets laid off.

With no money and no mobility, with only her anger and internet research acumen, she discovers her suffering at the hands of a hero is far from unique. When people start listening to the story that her data tells, she realizes she might not be as powerless as she thinks.

Because the key to everything is data: knowing how to collate it, how to manipulate it, and how to weaponize it. By tallying up the human cost these caped forces of nature wreak upon the world, she discovers that the line between good and evil is mostly marketing. And with social media and viral videos, she can control that appearance.

It's not too long before she's employed once more, this time by one of the worst villains on earth. As she becomes an increasingly valuable lieutenant, she might just save the world.

A sharp, witty, modern debut, Hench explores the individual cost of justice through a fascinating mix of Millennial office politics, heroism measured through data science, body horror, and a profound misunderstanding of quantum mechanics.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hold on to your capes, there's a new superpower in town in the form of, um, data analysis? In Anna's world, Superheroes and Supervillains are very real, so naturally they have their trusty sidekicks and evil henchmen. In reality, henching isn't as evil or dangerous as you might think--most henches are just regular folks trying to get by. Anna does temp work for villains, but she's just a data nerd. If she had a superpower, it would be making spreadsheets. But her boring, static life gets rocked when she has a quite literal run-in with the national icon of heroes: Supercollider. Angered by being cast aside as collateral damage, Anna decides to dig into the data. How much death and destruction do heroes cause as a consequence of their "heroism"? What she finds shocks her and catapults her into the heart of the battle between heroes and villains. In this refreshing, subversive, and darkly humorous debut novel, poet and journalist Walscholts slowly reveals the nuances of her superpower-filled world, keeping readers guessing. Hench reads like a comic without the illustrations and is packed with subplots and rapid-fire wit. With a diverse and inclusive cast of characters, Walschots' original tale performs a brilliant and exciting variation on the superhero trope and is not to be missed."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Temporary employees -- Fiction.
Heroes -- Fiction.
Villains -- Fiction.
Supervillains -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Action and adventure fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First Harper Large Print edition.
Language English
Description 550 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780063040571
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