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Apathetic Avengers: The Faction Stories, Vol 1
"This book is what would happen if Judy Blume decided to write a sci-fi book featuring Batman, Edward Cullen and Hermione...and yeah, it sounds weird, but trust me that it's the best of all worlds!"
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The book consists of different stories, each a semi-focus on one character, which is how the character and their motives are described, as well as what life is like for them in High School (which I think is the most fun of the book).
I could present you with each character and why the story is, but, why in a book like this? It is light escapism, an easy read, and enjoyable for those of us who were alive when Spiderman #1 came out and remember Steve Dikto's comic characters (which these remind me a lot of), or those young enough to not have been born before the world trade center was hit on 9/11. It doesn't pretend to be Shakespeare not does it pretend to be Clancy, it is exactly what it appears. I will buy the sequel as long as they keep with the same flavor as this book.
When Aurora asked me to read Apathetic Avengers, I counted the days until the superhero book was in my greedy, little hands. Aurora knows I love comic/superheroes so he was confident I would enjoy this book... which I did.
How could you not like these group of super teens. When their tale started in detention class and their personalities began to unfold, I immediately thought of The Breakfast Club; a movie all should watch and often. It's a true classic!!
As for the powers these teens possessed, we witnessed super-strength, telekinesis, magic wielder and my favorite ---- the ability to transmute anything at the basic chemical level. Celeste (Chemical Avenger) turned gas into water and converted a bullet into garlic. Pretty wicked cool, right!!
With all the special skills at the FBI's disposal, their services were called upon often. They don't save everyone but, like any true hero, they kept trying.
However, thru all the high-packed action scenes, one question kept nagging at me -- a loose end. How did these kids come upon their super abilities? Maybe this question will be answered in the sequel, but as a reader, I was hoping for some nuggets of information.
On a final note, I'm not sure who quoted Speed but I loved it. Best action movie ever!!
Where do I begin? I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I absolutely loved it. When you grow up around superhero culture like a lot of the culture has become lately another superhero story can be very repetitive but this book doesn't follow the pattern. The title really gives it away. They are apathetic avengers. They are 6 teenagers who just want to be normal, but have these super powers that have been hidden from the time they were in preschool until now when they can't be hidden any more. Most of them don't even get along with each other which gives the story some well needed and fun tension between the teenagers. Suddenly, things start to go wrong in their home town of Red Bug Iowa and these six teens are thrust into the world of fighting crime to save their family and friends. With the help of their lovable handler Agent Catton, the teens will learn to become a team and work together to fight the crime syndicate Insert Sinister Name Here (yes they don't have a name which is AWESOME).
What I really liked about this book is the fact that it is written more like a comic book than a novel. It is also made up of small short stories about the adventures the teenagers go on after they form the team. I like this because a lot of young readers have problems keeping their attention on one thing. The first 3/4 of the book is the origin story. It gives all the background information on the teenagers and what each of them can do. It introduces the reader to the hardships of being a super hero and a teenager and all the mistakes they make in the first few times of being the hero. It endears the characters to the readers and lets the readers see the background story. The last 1/4 of the book is comprised of short stories of their adventures as the team with their costumes and masks in tow.
Fundamentally there was nothing wrong with this novel. It was fast paced but with enough detail to keep you interested and give you enough information. The characters were written well, and knowing this is the beginning of the series tells me that there are many growing pains these teen avengers will go through which makes me all the more excited to pick up the next book. A few usage errors, but nothing that is noticeable (I am just an English Teacher so I see everything haha) and the story is well written. I would definitely read the next one, and if you have a teenager or a young adult who loved the Avengers, pick this book up for them.