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Publisher's Summary

Kid Sensation is back! The intrepid teen super with the plethora of powers returns in a new adventure.

Having saved the planet and earned a place with the world's premiere superhero team, Jim (aka Kid Sensation) is preparing to attend the prestigious Academy, where teen supers from every corner of the globe learn to master their abilities. At the same time, however, he is approached by a mysterious government organization that wants Jim to work for them - and they won't take "No" for an answer.

Moreover, at the Academy itself, an insidious and highly contagious virus is running amok through the student population, striking at the heart of their abilities. Students are losing control of their powers, with lethal consequences.

Now, in addition to evading the machinations of government agents, Jim must solve the mystery behind the virus - and how to stop it - before every super everywhere becomes fatally infected.

©2013 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman

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Slow start leads to pulse racing action

I generally start off with any perceived problems, and here are a couple: The book does start out a little slower than I'd have liked, but that is just set up and prep for the rest of th tale. There were a few parts that I had trouble understanding why things did or did not happen, such as when the kids were attacked. . . no one retaliated? Had one of those kids been mine then somebody would have been nibbling on their liver. Hardman seems to just be hitting his stride as a writer, as the book really picks up and gets to be fun and exciting. Any fan of superheroes would love this book.

Mikael Naramore does a great job narrating, he clearly puts his all into the process, and gives each character a unique voice, and their personalities shine through and apart from one another. This is a fun book, part 2 in a series, and you'll hope there are many more to come.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A fun Read

So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.

Pros:
1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.

Cons:
1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.

Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.

In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.

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Mutation

Any additional comments?

No second book let down here. I would definitely like to see more growth in the father/son dynamic. I received this audobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Fun Fast Fantasy Adventure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It was a fun, fast read. Well written with good characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mutation?

I really enjoyed the surprise date in Paris <3 always a romantic

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His storytelling brought the story to life and made it way more interesting than just simply reading it could. Great variety of voices, of course male better than female.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, It flowed well from beginning to end. I couldn't wait to see how it ended.

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All predictable "twists", irritating character.

What would have made Mutation better?

Put some sense into the Kid. He is supposed to be a genius with so many superpowers. And yet, when faced with the villain's challenge, he does idiotic things and keeps increasing the danger. He behaving like a complete idiot throughout the book and makes good use of his power only towards the end, when it is convenient for the story.

The "twists" could've been better too. There were so many clues strewn across the story leading up to the twist reveal that the "twists" don't come as a surprise at all. You feel more like "uggghh.. I knew it already".

The end wasn't satisfying. The "hero" gets immunity from a crime, the villain isn't punished, the rescue doesn't happen.... Looks like this book is setting up the stage for the next book in the series.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mutation?

The slow build-up at the beginning could use some editing to make it more compact. It felt like watching first half of first Harry Potter, but for superheroes.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • TU
  • 12-08-17

A decent YA Superhero Story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I began this series with this book, so didn't have the back story on Jim, but it didn't seem to be that big a detraction. That being said, this is clearly a YA novel. It's a bit shallow, and is quite predictable. As I had very little expectations with this book, I enjoyed it for what it is, a light, young adult superhero story. Kind of reminded me of that old Kurt Russel movie, Sky High but not as silly.

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The Kid Rocks

This is the second entry in the series. I recommend reading the first book for continuity. The story is a fun romp with teen superheroes. The book is not as salacious as the cover depicts. The story does deal with some mature topics. There is love, betrayal, and an absent parent.
The narrator adds to the exciting vibe of the story.
I voluntarily received a free copy for review.

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A fun teen superhero adventure

Mutation is a terrific super hero story that's kid friendly. The story has humor and adventure with fun characters and an action filled plot. This is the second book in the series. You can enjoy it independently, but I'd recommend starting with the first book since it's lots of fun.

"This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review."

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Sensational !

I am a big fan of Kevin Hardman and Michael Naramore, this book is no different. I really like watching the development of Jim and how he navigates the pitfalls of youth. one of my favorite things about this series is the lack of tween angst, that may not seem like a big thing but it makes or breaks an author for me. I am looking forward to the next book to be sure.
I requested this review copy and agreed to post a review.

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Not my favorite in the series

I really wish it was possible to rate a book with 3.5 stars. I thought book 2 Mutation was a little predictable but still good enough that I will go forward with the book 3

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  • Scott R
  • 11-18-17

Great Follow Up Story

In this second adventure Kid soon finds enemies at his door as things heat up and it seems all teen supers are in the crosshairs of nefarious government forces. Kid is foeced to lead the chargw for survival and with wit, charm our author makes sure that we arw soon emotionally invested in this happening. Narration is as expected professionally done as you woukd expect from such a talent as Narrmore.
Overall a worthy successor to the first book and one i will continue to look forward to.
This audio was gifted to me and i choose to leave a review and as such is my own honest opinion.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-12-17

Think of me as a modern J.Edgar Hoover

A lightweight but enjoyable super hero novel in which teenage Kid Sensation, known to his family and friends as Jim, is off to the Academy to develope his already formidable skills which include shape shifting, invisibility, the power to fly, teleport, speed running as well as being both telepathic and empathic. But still he is nervous of failure, especially since secret government organisation is threatening to throw him off planet if he doesn't become their spy. But even worse things are ahead ...

Written in the first person, narrator Mikael Naramore fits snuggly into the persona of Jim, his pleasant voice reading clearly and his interpretations of the other protagonists also good. He certainly adds enjoyment to the book. With plenty of superpower fights, teenage awkwardness in the face of romantic attraction and conspiracies overlapping, this is a great book to brighten a dreary afternoon.