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If you exclude Artemis Fowl (really, neither he nor his father have true super powers) and books about offsrping/descendants of the gods, I know of only two series of novels that focus on the adventures of children of super-villains/heroes. Interestingly, both were first published in the past year and both are authored by Texans. I first read Lee Bacon's Joshua Dread this past summer and have recently finished this first book in Jeramey Kraatz's The Cloak Society series. As a native Texan, I am thrilled to add Kraatz to the names of Bacon and Kaleb Nation as Texans who write outstanding YA literature. Kraatz also gets kudos as a graduate of TCU, my dad's alma mater. Go Horn Frogs!
The Cloak Society focuses on the exploits of Alex Knight, the son of ruthless parents who are leaders in a villainous group known as The Cloak Society, which is determined to establish their rule over the world and possess super-powers that make this goal achievable. They are opposed by the Rangers of Justice, who also have super-powers. In his first mission for Cloak, Alex and his friends battle the Junior Rangers, children of the adult Rangers. In the process, he meets a Junior Ranger girl his age and cannot shake his gut feeling that she is a genuinely good person. He begins to meet with her clandestinely and is moved by her candor and simple goodness. A touching first romance is in the budding, and Alex is forced to re-examine his core beliefs.
The pace of the plot is very fast and flows smoothly with nail biting action. But, to me, the book really shines in its development of Alex's character. You grow to care for this selfless, thoughtful kid who just wants to do what is right. You cringe at the incredible cruelty his own parents show when he displeases them. You sympathize with the gut-wrenching self-assessment of his foundational morals. You are touched as he experiences that helpless feeling of falling in love.
I recommend this book to all middle schoolers and to grown ups who want an adventurous glimpse back into their early teen years. It is a fast and satisfying read that most everyone should enjoy.
If you are interested in a comparison, the biggest difference between this series and Joshua Dread is tone. They share many of the same plot elements; however, where this series has a very serious tone for the most part, Joshua Dread is very light and will have you laughing out loud at times. I loved them both.
This is a good start for this series, and I'm picking up the next two books because the story one to explorer.
For this being the authors first book, it is really thought out and the growth of the main character is scary, but also one that you cheer on. The side characters grow the story also, and many of them you want to get to know even more.
Love Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch, The Seven Wonders by Peter Lerangis, or Loki's Wolves by Armstrong and Marr, then this is the book you'll enjoy!
When I finished in what seemed like a couple of hours afterwards I immediately pre-ordered the sequel, I'll let that speak for itself.