Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I was expecting a fast paced adventure story with touches of the TV show Heros. I got that plus a great deal more. I am an adult and found this as engaging as if it had not been YA fiction. Don???t let the YA put you off. The hero grew up and did it very well. HIs parents were human and his world was difficult. It was actually inspiring. The main character was an admirable young man. I really liked this book. It had twists and was well plotted. Well written. I hope there are more and if so, I will most definitely buy the next in the series.
I'm of two minds about this novel. It is strongest when dealing with Tom's family and personal problems. The superhuman aspects of the plot are much weaker. I could have done without the epic conflict which forms the climax of the story. Alas that this is the author's only novel.
I'm not much for super heroes but this was so much more. A real story of self discovery and growing up different. I can't even wrap my head around how this book could convey such real emotion in such a fanciful way. This will from here on be one of my favorites. If you enjoy characters who could be real people flaws and all give this a chance.
Absolutely! No matter how I read this book (physical book form, kindle edition, OR listening to it via audible), I always fall in love with the story and the characters. It's a very entertaining read.
Thom and Scarlett. Their relationship felt very fluid and relatable
I'm not a huge Superhero fan but I appreciated the realistic representation of the genre.
Mr. Moores narrative style was very effective. I liked how he established back store while the main character looked at old photos.
I'm surprised to learn that this isn't a series of comics.
The somewhat fem sounding voice of the guy who narrated was a little annoying but I guess they wanted a typical gay sounding guy for a gay protagonist. As far as the story, there were no surprises around the next chapter. All of the plot twists were broadcast way before they happened. Still, I don't regret reading it.
I loved the voice acting for each person. Urie does an amazing job with this. But I wish the romance was more prominent. Still, I enjoyed listening to this and getting to know so many wonderful characters.
Maybe. I'm not feeling eager for more at the moment
The narrator obviously has a gift for portraying different voices and reading in an engaging way. However he amplifies the book’s overall sense of sexism and misogyny with the horrible, caricature voices he applies to women characters. His character voice portrayals, alone, render the majority of them wholly unsympathetic. They fall short of being human beings. Additionally, the books escalates in such a way that he begins reading in a style that is greatly overused in this genre. A sort of pat reading style lacking originality or distinction from so many other books.
I appreciate the author’s attempt at portraying the feelings of despair and shame that so many (young) LGBQ people experience when coming to terms with their sexual orientation, and trying to face themselves and the world around them. The heteronormativity, widespread heterosexism, and internalized homophobia.
I had high expectations of this book, and found myself very disappointed. While I really appreciated the main character’s wit and dry humor in the opening sequence of events, this sensation devolved into disdain. While the book explores some important aspects of internalized heterosexism/homophobia woven into a somewhat interesting take on the superhero world of the Justice League (with aliases), it also has all too many of the faults found in this genre. The main character is constantly in crisis, feeling one thing then another in unbelievable, overwhelming extremes. “Never before” and “more than ever” appear at every turn as there is no part of the world he has the ability to take in or processes. He is in constant agony over everything. His lack of self-reflection and observation/awareness of anything outside of himself became more and more wearing, and a once sympathetic character struggling to come to terms with himself and oppression in the world ultimately comes off as wholly self-obsessed and self-absorbed – greatly as a result of his own self hatred and dissociation. The main character cannot, even in the end, see more than two feet ahead of him. Additionally, the author becomes increasingly misogynistic as the book continues. Every single woman character is duplicitous and betrays various male characters due to their inability to manage their feelings with the exception of one – Wonder Woman (who is known by a different alias in the book). Wonder Woman, however, is overtly labeled a “bitch” and the author shows outright disdain for her character at every turn. The narrator amplifies this general sense of sexism with the horrible, caricature voices he applies to women characters, rendering the majority wholly unsympathetic. There is also a profound reliance on the idea of the “strong male” archetype which emphasizes a kind of heroism that is only embodied by male characters. Invulnerability, a brotherhood based upon an overwhelming sense of “bros before hoes,” and masculinity that is built in stark and complete contrast to anything feminine and therefore “weak.” The book ultimately became painful to listen to, and I think it’s truly a shame that a book with so much potential had to rely so heavily on misogyny, saturated/exaggerating misery, and pockets of racism to propel itself forward – all wrapped up with a neat and implausible bow as an ending.