This book is a must read for comic book fans. It has action, humor, and a coming of age story. A lot is made of the main character being gay, but it reads as a young man becoming a hero and just happens to be gay.
The rest of Thom's team of heroes. Ruth was my favorite and the comic relief of the story.
Michael did a good job with all the characters.
This book had me wanting a sequel. I was saddened to learn that Perry Moore, the books author, had died of an overdose.
Absolutely! And I have! Some of the names are a little silly, but since when do super heroes have normal monikers? I ADORE this book - I have listened to it several times, and I laugh out loud every time.
The voices and timing are spot on - love it!
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
Yes, absolutely. It is sometimes hard to find something new and different and this book definitely is both.
I liked the main character. Despite not being gay, or a boy, or a superhero, I still found this character very relate-able.
Not sure. I enjoy "reading", but sometimes lack the time to sit down and read, so I do listens on the go. There are very few I would look back on and think... "oh geez, I really should have just 'read' the book."
Absolutely. I am horrible about naming stars and don't usually put famous faces to the characters I read in books.
If you like superheros and underdogs (and are not scared off by a gay character), you will really enjoy this book.
Compelling, fantastic and relatable
That I could put myself in the main characters shoes having gone thru the process of coming out. I knew how he felt.
The main character Tom.
Yes, and I can foresee me listening over and over again.
Out of the 60+ audiobooks in my library, this one was truly a treat. Michael Urie should narrate WAY more often. His delivery is incredibly fun and moving and sweet. I loved everything about this book. It's incredibly empathetic and moving, but is also knowingly silly and fun. This book had all the great elements of a guilty-pleasure action hero movie with the emotional spirit of a great graphic novel. I recommend this audiobook to super hero-fanboys and average readers alike.
This is a fabulous read. A story about a teenager dealing with a lot of typical teenage issues, plus the not so minor issue of his burgeoning super powers. He fights with his dad, he gets teased by his peers, he has a crush on a famous person, he is struggling with his emotions and he feels like he will never fit in anywhere. These feelings are magnified because he is gay and he is sure his dad will never be able to accept it or the fact that he is super powered.
While this book is written for teens, adults will enjoy it too. This is a fast paced read with many twists and surprises. The book is full of super powered beings with a variety of abilities. Plus, it's a great story. Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop until the book was over. I REALLY hope Perry Moore writes a sequel. And Micheal Urie is a fantastic narrator. He captures the voice of the teenage protagonist perfectly.
FYI- This is not a story to sit and listen to with your 10 yr old. Just because it is about superheroes, doesn't make it appropriate for everyone. There is violence, loss and some age appropriate sexual overtones, IF you are the target audience,
A must for superhero fans, since there are not enough superhero books on Audible. The story of a teen coming to terms with a disease that causes him nothing but embarrassment and being gay, which everyone seems to know without him telling them. Add to that the manifestation of superpowers? Just makes a great story. Read it!!
While the title of this review might seem like a dig, I actually did like "Hero". I applaud the novel for its candor on the subject of being a gay male teen. Though there have been a few instances of gay super heros, the super hero genre (both in comic books and novels) has largely avoided the subject of homosexuality, which is strange for a genre that embraces "gritty realism", or whatever phrase the DC fanboys are using to describe the current incarnation of the DCU.
My problems with the novel are this:
While I love a little silver age pastiche as much as the next comic geek, there is too much of it in this novel. Most of the supporting characters are obvious takes on existing super heros, hence Warrior Woman (almost no variation from Wonder Woman at all), Golden Boy (an a**hole version of Kid Flash), Uberman (a hollwo, brainless take on Superman), and Justice (who comes equipped with an origin story pretty much identical to Superman's). All the pastiche makes it seem a bit like Perry Moore decided to take the easy route in evoking images of a silver age version of New York, as opposed to engaging in the practice of world-building that is so integral to fantasy novels (which super hero novels technically are). However, I must admit that I enjoyed the little touches that related the world of the novel to our modern day world. I think they were very much necessary to make the story relevant to the audience of young adult readers the novel is aimed toward.
Second criticism: not enough backstory on Goron. If he's supposed to be the love interest in the novel, shouldn't we have seen a bit more of him, and learned a bit more about why he is who he is? I feel like way too much of the book was devoted to perpetuating the ridiculously obvious (***SPOILER ALERT***) "secret" that Goron and Dark Hero were one and the same. It was a big misuse of what should have been a much more important character.
Mostly, what was offputting about the novel was the prose, which could have been described as "atrocious" at times, and "sufficient" at other times, but never "great" or "engaging". I'm a bit of a word nerd and I feel like the words being used to tell a story are always as important as the story itself, if not more important. Novels aren't movies; you can't have Michael Bay come in, do a bunch of crane shots, blow some sh*t up, and expect people to love it. It takes hard work, and I feel like Moore should have worked harder on refining his prose.
Complaints noted, I did like the novel and I'd be willing to give its rumored sequel(s) a try.
Adventure, emotion, and unique
It's not a scene, but more a series of scenes, regarding the death of a character. It's hard to say more without spoilers, but it was pretty emotional. Actually, this kind of applies to more than one situation in the novel. Essentially, each of these moments made me think about life and the cost of being a "hero."
I love a good kissing scene, especially when there's a good emotional buildup. This book delivered on that, that's all I'm going to say!
No, but it was definitely one I looked forward to listening to each day. By the last 75%, I was unable to turn it off.
I liked that this story has a little bit of everything: action, romance, emotion, self-discovery, sports, etc. I also liked that it was a novel that rang true to the LGBT experience, in that the protagonist's sexual identity was an important part of the novel, but not the MOST important part.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which I purchased on a whim. Moore's characters are strong and the plot is clever and witty and kept me engaged the whole time, even if it was a teeny bit predictable. I really enjoyed Thom as a superhero, and can't help but hope this wasn't the end of his story.