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Ms. Never


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Ms. Never is an excellent portrayal of mental illness, and how sometimes the symptoms of mental illness can become superpowers

I was overjoyed when I was presented with the opportunity to review Ms. Never. I am a woman struggling with Major Depressive Disorder, Quiet Borderline Personality Disorder, and Complex PTSD, so I am always looking for novels that accurately portray mental illness in a unique way. Ms. Never surpassed my expectations in this way. The novel's protagonist, Farya Navurian, suffers from depression, but instead of being presented as a damsel in distress, she ends up having superpowers as a byproduct of her mental illness. I have never read a book that portrays some of the symptoms of mental illness in this way, and I fell in love with Colin Dodds' one-of-a-kind story line.

Ms. Never is equal parts science fiction and romance, while portraying the complexities of modern life. Both of the primary characters of the novel - Farya and Bryan - are multifaceted and develop beautifully throughout the novel. I gobbled this novel up and yearned for more upon finishing. I am amazed and delighted by Dodd's genre bending novel and view of mental illness, and I can't recommend this novel enough. Ms. Never appeals to a variety of audiences due to its genre-crossing story line, and I hope that you will pick it up as soon as you can! This story will leave you forever changed.

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Ashley Nestler, MSW is a multi-genre author, poet, bibliotherapist, and mental health specialist. She is an educator on writing and publishing and specializes in fantasy, young adult, and horror. Ashley can be found holed up in her personal library taking down literary quotes and reviewing books.


About the author

Colin Dodds is a writer with several books to his name, including Ms. Never and Windfall. His work has appeared in Gothamist, The Washington Post and more than three hundred other publications. He lives in New York City, with his wife and children. view profile

Published on November 01, 2019

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120000 words

Genre: Science Fiction

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