I must say first that I can relate to this book very much, except for the super powers of course. I loved the whole story so much that it makes me sad that I've already finished it. There are really cool characters and really weird ones too. The story kept it slightly dark but dynamic and enjoyable too. It really kept the book interesting and me glued to the point that I didn't want to do anything but listen to the book. Hopefully the writer will make a sequel to this book. This is most definitely a good read or listen.
I could not stop I had to finish this all the way thru I sat in my vechical for a over a half hour just to finish the book. I made me laugh and cry. I hope there is another addition to this book I would love to get it.
Under the guise of a fun filled comic book adventure, lies the story of a young boy struggling with his sexuality. In a country, that we must remember was first settled by Puritans,and 400 years later still cannot rid itself of the disdain it continues to show towards sex in general. Add to that the idea, that sex in question may not be what we consider "normal", and most people still tend to react extremely poorly.
Let me get off my soapbox here, and just say this is a thoroughly engaging hero, that while enjoying all his adventures, we might even learn something on a deeper level. Don't be afraid to read this book. With all due respect to other readers who have a right to have their opinion, do not be afraid to confront masturbation. This is after all a book for teens. I personally found the way Mr. Moore presented the scene rather "innocent".
Read this book, have your kids read it, have your grandkids read it and then "talk about it". I intend to buy a bunch of written copies and hand them out.
This is an incredible book. Enjoy!
The Audible reviewer Megan Volpert starts her review with "No one on earth has anything negative to say about this book", but I find that hard to believe. For one thing, the author should have invented more of his own superheros instead of re-hashing old favorites. He renamed them, but it's apparent that Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, etc. are all there. The plot is pretty predictable and offers no real surprises.
Thom encounters a LOT of SUPER-negative reaction to his gayness which I suppose if you lived in deepest, darkest Biblebelt or else in the heart of Red-neck-land (often the same thing) you would probably still encounter. It's a little hard for me to go with it in this day and age, but then I live in a socially advanced city so maybe I'm not the best judge on that.
The premise is great, I love the idea of a gay superhero kid. I like his superhero talent, and that he has a great relationship with his Dad, and the story of his disappeared Mom. It's apparent that this is Moore's first novel, but for a first novel the writing is overall good enough. I hope that in future novels he develops his own line of superheros and makes them become classics rather than reusing other people's creations.
Moore writes romance very badly, and the story would have been a lot more interesting without it, gay or straight. It doesn't matter who is involved in a romance, if it's badly written it really grates and romance is well known for being one of the hardest things to write well. Our hero Thom thinks like the heroine in a cheesy romance novel whenever he starts contemplating his own gayness or love life. He jumps to silly conclusions that are obviously wrong, and reacts with equal silliness. Could have been done a lot better, or better yet left out. I dinged this story down to 2 stars instead of 3 for this.
Moore also leaves the open question, if Thom can heal everyone, why doesn't he heal everyone? There are sick people all around him, but he doesn't always fix them. I guess I agree with "David" who also reviewed this book saying: "Yay" for the message, "Meh" for the story".
The narrator did a great job. There are a handful of narrators who are my very favorite and I wouldn't say he falls into that category, but if I wanted another book and it was narrated by him it I'd consider that to be just fine. I didn't mind his voices or inflections at all, and I'm pretty picky about narration.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the book but after hearing the audio excerpt I decided to give it a try in the audio version and was surprised! It was pretty good, definately made me laugh out loud in some places! I loved "KickAss" and this was a good combination of it and other super hero characters.
A great book. I wish all young gay male teens to read this. We all need someone to look up to. Well written and very humorous. Michael Urie did an amazing job reading. Very enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I like science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels, especially the cosy mysteries and loved comic books as a kid. I found Thom's romantic relationships very easy to relate to and enjoyed seeing which heros were inspired by which comic character from my childhood. The only reason I took a star off is b/c I didn't really understand the transformation of Thom's powers. Perhaps I wasn't listening carefully enough but how the transmutation of the energy from healing into other abilities occurred was confusing. It's probably just being overly analytical on my side but it did bother me. I was quite sad to find that Perry Moore has recently passed away and that one of his projects had been a sequel to this novel. The first thing I did after finishing it was to look for the next book as I really wanted to find out what was next for these characters. RIP, Mr. Moore and I'm glad you gave us this book before your untimely passing.
I often found myself asking if this title was written just for me. Being a gay superhero has been difficult and it was nice to hear of someone else who has been through the same experiences as I have. I have repeatedly recommended this book to others so they can better understand what I went through as a young super-hero and in many ways am still going through as an adult. If you are looking for a fun read, this is it. If you are looking for a coming-of-age story like you have never heard, this is it. I highly recommend this title and anxiously await the next book in the series!!
This is an absolutely fabulous book. This author is fearless. It is truly amazing the number of issues he decided to pack into this book. Not just gay teen issues (angst and very light romance), racial injustice, bigotry, heroes not acting heroic, alien invasions and a murder mystery for good measure. If you were a child of comic heroes as I was (I am a Marvel girl, but never missed an episode of Justice League), you will enjoy this universe, however dark it might be. This is not a light comic romp, there are some truly dark stuff. The “big battle” is truly epic and has a twist ending. I think the author does a great job of creating the universe and delivering a exciting and compelling story; even though some of it drags a little. The narrator in the audio version is also fabulous. He has a great diversity of voices, his pacing is spot on and he injects a lot of emotion into the characters. I’ve seen some reviewer compare it to The Watchman meets the Justice League. I agree with that but would add, The Watchman meets the Justice League meets Something Like Summer. For fans of the young gay romance genre, you know what I mean.
I grew up in a household full of books. I love reading, and I love having someone read to me.
I really just picked this up on a whim. I liked the concept of a gay superhero who is just starting on his journey.
This book exceeded any expectations I could have had for it. It had moment of humor that would make me laugh out loud, as well as brilliantly written scenes that caused me to cry. The characters had flaws that made them real and relatable, and even some of the secondary two dimensional characters you can envision seeing around school or the workplace.
I also want to say that Michael Urie's reading of this was brilliant! I don't think they could have found a better narrator. His reading of each character was well done, and allowed me to sink into the story without getting distracted by confusion of which character was supposed to be talking.
I could go on and on about how much I love this book, but I think I should end this review by stating I love Ruth. She is my favorite character, and if I had nothing else to say about this book it would be that I'm glad I read it, just because I got to meet her.
I will indeed be reccomending this book in any format to people.