Review: Empathy/Pain by L.C. Mawson

To suddenly lose her powers was a curse to Claire. But to her sister?
It was all she ever wanted…

Claire thought that she could live in peace, using her powers to reclaim more land from the wastes. But when a strange blue light appears and strips away her powers, she finds herself up against her toughest adversary yet.

And even worse, her sister doesn’t want to destroy the technology making them vulnerable.

Without her powers, could Claire ever stand a chance against those who would see her dead?

EMPATHY/PAIN is the third book in the Aspects YA sci-fi series.4

My thoughts

Wow. L.C. Mawson gives us a deep-thinking action story in Empathy/Pain.

I want to talk about Emily aka Empathy. It never occurred to me until this book that Em’s journey is very similar to queer humans. 

“If I’m going to die, I would rather do so as myself,” Em said.

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Em is not transgender yet she is never Emily. Every time someone comes into a room or she is near someone then she physiologically changes to whomever it is. She wants more with Pain, but if they can never see her (the real her) who are they getting involved with. I felt such pain from Em and dude that sat with me. Mawson has the characters talk about what happens to the Aspects who have been Empathy and their destructive urges. The Trevor Project reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death in humans aged 10-24 years old and LGBTQ+ are four times more likely.a Watching Emily’s happiness be jerked around by a technology that they have no control over was heart-wrenching.

“She was just a kid when her ability to be herself was taken away from her. She has never been allowed to be her own person. Would you want to live like that, knowing that you would never get to be yourself for the rest of your life?”

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Empathy/Pain does have action in it, but once again it’s a pull on the heart strings. I had a feeling Claire was going to end up going down this road in the last book and sad to say I was right. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is a battle coming and there are no winners.

We have our favorite superheroes that represent everything you could want in diversity: non-white, rainbow, disabled, and neurodiverse. Empathy/Pain showcases their struggle with identity and who is family all the while protecting Earth.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: December 4th 2017

Cover Design:



Series: Aspects #3; Settings: 

Pages: 177

SC: Non-white, Neurodiverse


A The Trevor Project. Facts About LGBTQ Youth Suicide. (2021) Retrieved from: Facts About LGBTQ Youth Suicide – The Trevor Project.


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