look, this is a novel about a gay teenager and his former, crippled superhero dad. okay, i get that, its young adult too, so not many difficult words, fine, whatever, still looks like it has potential. but i loathe it when the author doesn't have the story telling grace to not go with the miracle ending. i'm trying not to spoil it, in case you like that kind of thing, but i actually liked the book until the last 5 pages, where this crud was pulled out and killed the story.
young adult has its own issues of simplification through vocabulary and dealing with teen angst, but i thought it was well done, even if the main character is a bit emo.
but i cannot overlook poor storytelling. a better ending would have been death than a miracle save in my opinion.
he does do a interesting parallel between the alien superhero and the main character that was thought provoking about who has responsibility for your outlook on whatever situation you are dealt with.
Just finished the book! A definite must-have! Moore does a beautiful job telling the story of Thom Creed as he discovers who he is and what choices he must make in this unforgettable tale of self-acceptance, secrecy, and rebirth.
The narrator also does a great job giving each character his or her own distinct voice.
I knew that the book was about a gay teenage hero and his struggles. I bought the book thinking that it would be interesting. I stopped listening when The POV was of a teenager viewing PORN. I do not want my money or my mind going to this crap. I am adamently anti-Porn and anything that promotes it will not get any of my money or time.
It was good.
No. Its great to see gay men as leads but the book has much to be desired otherwise
I really wanted to like this book as I loved the idea of a gay man as the lead but it fell short: the superhero powers seemed arbitrary and the character development was way to simple and predictable.
I read this book really wanting to love it. The idea of a teen gay superhero was wonderful. I could see the angst and heartbreak.
However, when reading the book, it fell so short of the mark for me. I didnt feel like it focused on the superhero part enough. He seemed to have more focus on the gay, and people's reactions to him being gay. It wasn't a superhero who happens to be gay... But a gay boy who happens to be a superhero. I hope that makes sense to those of you ready this review. Whilst his inner drama of dealing with his feelings about being accepted in his life and loved for who he was had merit, I just felt flat over the entire thing.
I thought the blatant use of descriptions of Superman and Wonder Woman were a sign of lazy on the part of the writer.
The plot too was a bit lazy and predictable. I knew who the villan was immediately.
I love that gay people are represented in this book, but how about them truly having some personal power and acceptance for themselves. How about a mentor that helps him accept himself in a more positive way rather than him being ashamed for the entire book, then a little P.s. Happy ending where it's all ok.
I really enjoyed the characters. I like how the main character was a young man who made a lot of mistakes, jumped to a lot of incorrect conclusions, and had to learn a lot of life lessons. I like the portrayal of the League as a somewhat flawed organization.
My biggest problem was that I predicted every single one of the reveals significantly before it was unveiled. Although that detracted from the story somewhat, I'd still like to see more stories in this world.
He gave a distinct voice to each character, and I could always tell them apart.
Boy meets boy, with superpowers
I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this book. It is an incredible story of courage, family bonds, self confidence, tolerance, and oh yeah, SUPER POWERS. It appeals to everything my inner nerd LOVES. Michael Urie is perfection, and special nerd BONUS for Stan Lee intro. By far, my favorite audiobook yet. I will listen again and again.
Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio
I felt as though the story was engaging and the characters was interesting. The voice over talent was top notch. What I didn't like was the way the story came together at the end, it all felt rushed and obvious.
It was sooo close to being great, that's what was frustrating.
Top 3, definitely. Not only was the narrator good enough that you didn't notice them after awhile, but the story was way better than I had anticipated. Hero turned traditional super-hero-dom on its head, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes super heroes or super powers.
All of it. I don't want to ruin anything!
Well the main character was pretty enthralling.
YES. And I will definitely be returning to it at some point!