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Given the cover of Unnatural Selection, it's rather appropriate that the Buffster takes a bit of a back site in this entry in the YA series.

A babysitting Willow provides us with a link into plot of faeries stealing babies.  But these aren't just any old faeries, they're Russian ones disturbed by Gallivan Industries' plan to develop Weatherly Park.

Naturally, the Scooby Gang are soon on the case.  Xander and fellow comics fan Hutch undertake a bit of breaking and entering while Buffy and Angel get to pose as a married couple.

There's a fair bit of familiar stuff here.  We've seen the faeries before (except Buffy doesn't seem to have remembered) and the baby-snatching is reminiscent of Band Candy.  And, of course, there's the usual continuity problems with the TV series - the events of Lovers Walk don't appear to have happened in the Pocket Books take on Buffy.

It's nice to see someone other than Buffy take centre stage for a change, but that doesn't stop Unnatural Selection from being a pretty average read. back to the top

UNNATURAL SELECTION

Written by MEL ODOM

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RATING: 5/10


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