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Will Supervillains Be on the Final?: Liberty Vocational Volume 1 Paperback – April 26, 2011
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Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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About the Author
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
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Will Supervillains Be on the Final? is cute. Compared to Novik's Termeraire series, it seems to fall a little short for me, but that may be more of the fact that I don't think I'm entirely the target audience, but I can appreciate it for what it is. You can tell that Novik is having fun with her characters and their situations. Leah's goofiness fits her well as she tries to navigate through a life that is entirely new to her. The supporting cast can sometimes be a little over the top, but that's really the point. The book is done in a manga fashion (which lends itself very well to this story), so in my limited manga-reading experience this seems to be true to how they are written, so manga fans should really enjoy this. Yishan Li's art is crisp and clean, and easy to follow throughout most of the book. Novik's Temeraire fans (more the girls than the guys, although the questions of the morality of superheroics might prove to be interesting to the male set, too) should probably give this a try as well, just to see how Novik can stretch her writing muscles.
Nothing challenging here, but something fun all the same.
I can't say this is groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed it a lot -- it's light and funny and has a nice friendly feeling to it. I look forward to the next installment.
The school offers classes ranging from "costume design" (hee!) to strategy and tactics - and a class on superhero ethics, in which the instructor has an agenda of his own. His first lecture brings up the topic of collateral damage (i.e. the possible deaths of civilians) vs. the success or failure of the mission, with strong hints that perhaps Saving The Day may not always be the best decision; pretty heavy stuff for what started out as a fish-out-of-water comedy...
Nice mix of humor, character relationships, action, and villains-with-intriguing-motivations. [Speaking of which - if you'd like to read more about Alexander Bane, Novik's short story "Rocks Fall" can be found in the anthology The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius. It's a very intense story, taking some of the darker elements that were barely hinted at in the manga and expanding on them.]
I picked it up because I like Naomi Novik, not because I'm especially interested in superheroes or manga. It's a cute story with cute characters and cute art (manga really isn't my favorite style). I'll read the other books in the series if I run across them, but I won't go out of my way.