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.
Absolutely. The characters are both interesting and believable. It manages to be a teen coming of age story - of a young gay man, at that - without any of the "oh, dear Lord, who could be that stupid and angsty?" problems that most books like this have.
The narrator is perfect. The delivery is dead on, and the range of both character and emotions he juggles, he does effortlessly.
And even the characters were brilliant - which can be hard with superheroes, when we already know so many. Particularly fun that we kind of sort of know who many of the A-List heroes are, because they are fun-house mirror versions of more popular mainstream heroes we know, but taken apart and rearranged into new combinations, and then seen from the up close perspective of a young hero-in-training.
Would the Justice League be giving autographs and doing book tours? Would the Avengers have PR problems, even after they save the world? Would you train heroes on how and when to save the bystanders - and when not to? What happens when heroes get old or have health issues? Just what does insurance cover? What do you wear to your audition as a super-hero?
Spoilers. Unfair to give any details.
When Thom finds the photos. Why Ruth wore the fancy dress. The poster that Thom knew he couldn't hang in his room. The need for dry cleaning. Dark Hero.
The first major training exercise was pretty awesome. That's one way to take out a villain!
I don't think it's giving anything away to say that in a book about heroes trying to avert the end of the world, and new untrained heroes being forced into serious battles before they are fully trained, let's just say it doesn't always go well for everyone.
The author and the narrator struck just the right notes when it was time to deal with such things.
The loss of the author to a premature death was a loss in so many ways. Not being able to have this be the first of a series of books is only one of them. I hope that someone else is willing and able to pick up the series and go on with it.
I really did like this book, though the writing was confused at times (at times previously mentioned facts were ignored or forgotten). The premise was really good and I liked that super heroes JUST WERE...nothing needed to be explained, it just was part of the world of the book. I did like the main characters inner thoughts as he explores his world....they one hundred percent made me laugh out loud or chuckle because they were so believable and funny....worth listening to, even if it is just a bit silly.
Some aspects of the ending were predictable....but there were some honest to goodness surprises at the end!!
No, the author is dead......
I had no idea what as book was about when I picked it up. I thought it would be a simple super hero story along the lines of "Ex-Heroes" or "Tales of a D List Super Hero". I was totally wrong. WHile, as the title suggests, the plot is very predictable and rife with plot holes, the message it delivers, is a very important one of self acceptance , self confidence, and love. The fact that the main character is a gay, while a major aspect of the main character, is not the main point. What the author does a great job of showing is just how hard it is to love yourself, let alone any body else and how we can't do one without the other.
I think this is a great book for teens of any sexual orientation. It does a terrific job of shining a light on an area of adolescence that is often overlooked. Though it is not a literary master work by any means, it is certainly worth checking out.
he was fine
not the character but part of the premiss
I didn't care for the graphic homosexual content.
This book has a great message, and starts well... Unfortunately, as it progresses, it becomes more and more predictable. While the writing has wonderful moments, the story lacks the creativity that could have made this book great..
I'm really glad that I took a chance on this book - I was dreading some gay-teen angst drivel, but I think the author did a fantastic job of acknowledging the difficulties gay teens face while preventing those difficulties from stopping this "hero" from living a good life and, of course, being a hero.
Stan Lee provided the intro with an unconditional thumbs-up, and now that I've read it, I completely agree with his assessment. I very much hope that Perry Moore continues sharing his ideas with the world.
I love this book. I've read it and listened to it several times. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the, well, love story. There are so many crappy LGBT books out there and this is not one of them.
I was heartbroken when I heard that Perry Moore had died. I really wanted to read more about Thom and his friends. Unfortunately, that will never happen. However, this book stands as s a testament to a great author's imagination and passion.
I loved this book. I'm not particularly a fan of the superhero genre, but this book was exciting, accessible, charming, and amazingly well written. I especially loved the world that Perry Moore created, and it was only enhanced by gay teen superhero wannabe Thom. The characters were likeable and well-developed, and the plot had enough action to keep you reading/listening, but didn't overpower a strong plot, which is ultimately a touching story of a boy trying to accept himself -- his sexuality, his superpowers, etc. Add to that a simply phenomenal narration by Michael Urie. I wish he could narrate my life. He is an excellent reader, but also has great voices that add so much to the story. I especially loved Jack Nicholson-esque Golden Boy. And all of the stereotypical superhero voices. This book was funny, exciting, and full of heart. I can't recommend it enough.
Terrific story of a young man trying to find his place in society. Should he follow his abilities and become a Super-Hero against his father's wishes? Should he let the world know his most tightly-held secrets?
This story has it all, infatuation, conflict, super-heros, super-villains, betrayal, underdogs, and even a cranky old lady who can see the future.
Well worth the time!