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The Vindico Hardcover – June 14, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Vindico
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256547
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


FROM VOYA, Starred Review

"King brilliantly combines teenage points of view and emotions with comic book excitement in this superbly composed tale of superheroes and super villains. Readers get to know each of the five teens through their distinctive voices and personalities and can easily follow their motivations as they struggle to make the impossible decision of how to use their newfound powers. There is nonstop action as the teens learn how to use their powers with and against their villain mentors that will keep readers engaged and excited throughout the book. This is an excellent addition to any library serving teens, as it will appeal to reluctant readers with its fast-paced action, and almost all teen readers will love the comic book feel of this book."


"[King's] teens are vivid, funny, and relatable, but their growth never comes at the expense of story or plot development. Add in descriptions of cool weaponry and superpowers, a healthy dose of clever one-liners and snappy dialogue, and plenty of chases and explosions, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a hit series that teens will love. King is definitely an author to watch." 


"Here’s a debut that will knock middle-grade superhero fans on their butts. In a fresh twist, five ordinary teens are recruited to learn superhuman powers—by the villains . . . By minimizing the numbing action scenes so common to this sort of book and focusing instead upon the interplay of the witty, appealing kids, King deepens the reader’s experience by turning each character—yes, even the Torturer!—into more than the typical black-and-white placeholder . . . kids are going to gobble this up."


"With the Vindico characters’ backstories, King grays the line between good and evil even further . . . he never loses his knack for humorous—and teen-friendly—dialogue, e.g., “If you turn a bunch of kids into supervillains, you can’t expect them to follow the rules.”"

About the Author

Wesley King lives in suburban Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, where he spends most of his time in imagined universes of superpowered children, dying stars, and dystopian fantasy realms. This is his first novel.

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Customer Reviews

For parents the age group for this book is 12+.
Kindle Customer
I seriously love the Justice League, and really any sort of well created Super Hero vs Super Villain story, and The Vindico was the perfect mix of that.
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I love it so much I can't wait to read the second!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Five teens are abducted by the supervillain team known as The Vindico, and are chosen to be the future of the group. The Vindico have been the long-time nemeses of the League of Heroes; and each Vindico member has their own reason for hating them and wanting revenge. But the teens may not be as easy to sway as the supervillains believe. Tempted by new superpowers and each trained by a skilled and dangerous villain, the teens will be forced to make extremely difficult decisions that will impact not only their lives but those around them.

James was recently dumped by his girlfriend who had been cheating on him with his best friend. Hayden has been living on his own, abandoned by his family. Lana's father has been lying to their family. Emily is already a genius hacker who only has her grandfather to rely upon. And Sam seems to be from a stable, loving home, but the Vindico even put doubts in his mind about how much they really miss him. The Vindico do a great job of breaking the teens down and making them question their home lives. But these teens, while not always making the wisest decisions, have good hearts and loyal natures.

Super hero and comic book fans of all ages should enjoy this fast-paced, action-packed adventure. The villains and heroes are not always black and white. And it's not always obvious what the right path should be. This coming-of-age tale is full of teen angst, humor, and suspense. The Vindico is a fantastic young adult debut told from various character point-of-views, giving more depth to the characters and unique perspectives. This incredibly fun story was impossible to put down. It's a wholly standalone novel, but would make for an exciting series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aayush Bhat on February 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
I found this book interesting as it has people and things that are surreal. Take superpowers for example, or a peace organization called the league of heroes in which all the people have superpowers. Five teens are abducted by the Vindico, a criminal organization who have their own reasons to hate the league of heroes. As you can guess, they were the archenemy of the league. They try to make the five teens into their prodigies and try to give them superpowers. Did I mention that all the Vindico members (except two), have artificial superpowers! So, they can give superpowers to just anybody. When all the teens say that they want superpowers, they get it. The vindico gives them training on how to be a supervillain and they all learn, but when the time comes, they all take the league’s side and capture and put the vindico into the perch (a prison in the middle of antarctica). The league forgives them so they can join the league in two weeks and they would be revealed to public in a month, but they are not supposed to reveal their powers to anybody until they are made league members………………..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was simply amazkng. It was a great addition to my library of good books. For parents the age group for this book is 12+. It has occasional cursing in it and some tender teen love scenes.

Emily is a wise computer hacker who can eventuallt become a master weaponist. Lana is not your typical pretty girl blonde. ( No Offense) Sam is a mama's boy who wants to be a superhero. Hayden is a high school dropout abandoned by his family.James is a boy who recently endured a breajup.

thats l i gkt to say. peace 4 shizzles
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes the only way to out smart a Villain it to become evil in order to become a super hero, or is it.... *evil laugh* If you took The Justice League and X-Men and introduced them to the Breakfast Club, you'd get The Vindico. This well written, fast paced book is one both YA and adult readers will enjoy. It's at times humorous, other times action paced and yet at the heart of this story is a message readers can walk way with. The thing I enjoyed the most about Wes's writing is how he was able to blur the lines of good and evil. It was incredibly fascinating for me to see how my first notion that someone was wrong, or the choice someone else made was good, was in fact not necessarily the truth. Getting to see how someone on the "other side" of that action saw it was eye opening, and explained a lot about the history of two groups and the feelings towards each other.

Mixed into this story about Superheroes and Villains, are 5 proteges who were all kidnapped and in a round about way forced to join the world's greatest villains, The Vindico. Each of these kids are just your average teens, and yet there's something about each one of them that will help them grow into these amazing kids with superpowers. You know the kind of power you wish you had, like jedi mind trick powers, super strength, speed and more. As much as I loved getting to read about and understand the back story on how some of the villains came to be and their ties to the League of Hereos, I enjoyed getting to know about the 5 proteges more.

Wes's writing is fabulous, as he tells the story from all angles, and introduces each character into the story in a very distinct way, making it very easy to follow along with.
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