Book Review of Girl Fighter by Cyan Night
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Genre of Book: Drama/Fiction Novel
Author: CYAN NIGHT
The main character of Girl Fighter is Aliyah Kang Chen Jun. Born in Melbourne, Australia and presumed to be Asian.She is of an interesting mix of Chinese, Mongolian and Kazakh.
Today, Kazakhs are considered to be those from Kazakhstan which in modern times is true. Although, The Kazakhs are an ancient medieval people from across the Eurasian sub-continent.
She is on the short side, strong and tough with long dark hair she puts up in tight braids for fights as Aliyah is an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. Otherwise known as a cage fighter.
Aliyah is also a computer programmer with exceptional intelligence and no living family and few friends.
Our STORY begins:
Girl Fighter follows Aliyah Kang Chen Jun from her successful, but somewhat alienating computer programmer job, to her MMA training and ring fights. Ultimately, we are lead to her heart-breaking injury.
In the beginning we see Aliyah at her office job interacting with her co-workers. As a reader, you’re immediately struck by the fact that Aliyah’s character is quite unusual. We quickly see how strong and feisty Aliyah is along with her keen fighting skills.
This story seems to have been written almost as an exploration of a soul. The reader gets inside Aliyah’s head and lives her life as a single woman alone in the world.
Aliyah’a personal life progresses as her fighting career does… with great effort. Both endings are abrupt.
The entire novel spans 171 days. From May, 20th 2010, which is one month before her first professional fight debut to 141 days after that night. Nov. 7th/2010.
In less than 6 months, Aliyah Kang Chen Jun deals with enough to fill a few life times.
What the AUTHOR Accomplishes:
There are several things that struck me about Girl Fighter. The fight scenes are vivid. You really feel like you’re in the ring with Aliyah taking every punch. You also feel the impact of what it’s like to suffer a serious life changing accident.
Aliyah’s personal relationships feel very real, uncomfortable and all too familiar. Yet, Cyan Night has created a character in Aliyah Kang Chen Jun that you can respect and admire… even if you don’t fully understand her.
It’s the kind of novel that a Hollywood writer can read and think, “Yea, I could rework that into a blockbuster action movie starring Michelle Rodriguez.”
Michelle Rodriguez is not unlike Aliyah in the roles we’ve seen her in. However, she’s “aged out” of this particular role. I don’t think there is a younger female multi-ethnic star today who could pull off the same toughness Aliyah displays in Girl Fighter.
All in all, this is a great first novel.
The Hiccups & Hitches:
Probably my only criticism of Girl Fighter is that the author needed a skilled editor to help her navigate the structure of the novel itself.
The detail and theme of the book are intense and well worth the read, However, a seasoned editor could have helped Night tighten up the the story without losing the essence of it.
To RECOMMEND or NOT to RECOMMEND:
With every bit of my writing soul I Highly Recommend Girl Fighter by Cyan Night.
A reader who appreciates a writer’s ability to get into a character’s head and make the reader feel like they SEE life in a different way because of having read their story… will be happy they found Girl Fighter.