Tigress: A Short Story by D Marie Prokop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to admit, I’m a little mixed about Tigress: A Short Story. It seems to be a story about a superhero, but (spoiler alert?) it’s not exactly.
We start with Tigress, the woman genetically altered with tiger DNA and turned into a bit of a superhero. She’s running from a checkered past, trying to atone for it on some level, but mostly just grateful to the Zookeeper for giving her a second chance. We find her in the midst of trying to stop a kidnapping, and the story develops well from there.
**SPOILER ALERT** But the story is just a story. Another character is writing it to deal with her own mom’s disappearance and then reappearance. I didn’t mind that so much, but I felt a little cheated to be presented Tigress’s story first, only to find out that it’s not the real story. **/SPOILER ALERT**
Overall, it’s not a bad story. I thought it was kind of sweet and heartwarming, but that little twist, after investing so much time and emotion in Tigress felt a little bit like a cheat, which is why I couldn’t give it a full five stars. Still a good story, though.
**I don’t recall any swearing in this one, so it makes the clean list.