Still Reading it, but...

I can confidently say that this is a good book:




Absolutely original and compelling, a total page-turner, fun to read, total comic-geek heaven. One of my students got an advanced copy because he's doing reviews as part of his magazine internship, and he was kind enough to loan it to me after he reviewed it. The basic story line is this: our world, only, costumed superheros/supervillains are real. And the main character's father is one, but one who's fallen into disgrace, and who, incidentally, never had superpowers -- and he don't like 'em. Oh, and thinks the "queers" are building landing strips for gay Martians, or something equally reactionary. (He also used to have a sidekick named "Right Wing" -- I can't wait to see where he goes with that!) Our main character is a teenage boy who is gay and has superpowers. His mom has "disappeared" (a hint to where his powers come from), and he's "dealing" with a lot of the usual teenage stuff: but the book is written with a hero-comic sense of timing (ie: nobody rides a bus without that bus getting hijacked by supervillains! Civilians be warned!), making it an absolutely fun ride to go along with. It's also written with sensitivity and humor. I call this one an instant classic. I may find myself teaching it soon...

Edit/Added: Finished it last night -- great read! The ending has some problems, and a plot hole you could fly a fleet of flying superheros through, but perhaps they fixed that before it went to press? Or perhaps most people won't notice? Despite that, it's a really enjoyable, funny book that you will devour and enjoy, so go on then.

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