Thursday, July 15, 2021


Becoming Brooklyn
Amanda Deich
Publication date: January 5th, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Eighteen-year-old Brooklyn never knew her father. Rex Blackburn died in the 9/11 attacks four months before she was born.

And even though she never met him, she always dreamed about what he must have been like before he died. In her mind, he was a hero.

Little did she know.

After an attack at a 9/11 memorial gala, Brooklyn learns her father had been a member of an elite, anti-terrorism, military task force, made up of a very select group of people who had superhuman abilities. On the day the towers fell, he died using his power to save people.

The Army believes she inherited his gift, and Brooklyn is invited to train at West Point in order to hone her skills. Knowing deep down she is different than anyone else her age and wanting to learn more about a father she never knew, she readily agrees to become a cadet at the prestigious military academy.

She and five other 9/11 babies strengthen their superhuman abilities and spend weeks preparing themselves for their future in the army, fighting terrorists at home and abroad. And in the process of training, they identify with their deceased parents in a way they never knew they could.

Brooklyn knows she’ll go to war someday, but when terrorists find out about the group’s gifts, they don’t bother to wait.

They bring the war to West Point.

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Disclaimer; I received a complimentary copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are my own and remain unbiased.

First of all, it is amazing how the author, Amanda Deich, incorporates fact with fiction. The tragedy of 9/11, mixed with the fiction of super-powered human beings is such a brilliant mix. Becoming Brooklyn is an easy read. I did have a lot going on, but it was easy to go back where I left off and kick back into reading. I appreciated the length of the chapters. It's not something I usually comment on, but they were in the middle-range, as far as chapter lengths go. It helped with the pace of the story; very fitting. The author's writing had a steady, consistent flow and I did not find anything to fault.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed seeing the events take place through Brooklyn's eyes. I think I channeled her emotions at one point or another. Becoming Brooklyn is a journey in and of itself. 


Amanda Deich is an author out of Littleton, CO. In her non-writer life, she is a teacher and coach to hundreds of kids, and she is a mama to two. If you meet her, she'll talk Jesus and identity like no one's business.

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