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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (May 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455809756
- ISBN-13: 978-1455809752
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 296 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,786,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
PERRY MOORE grew up in Virginia. His father, a Vietnam veteran, was the inspiration for the character of Hal Creed. Perry is the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia films, and his book about the making of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was a New York Times best seller. With his partner, Hunter Hill, Perry wrote and directed his first feature film, Lake City, starring Sissy Spacek. This is Perry’s first novel. He lives in New York City.
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It had moments that made me smile, cry, chuckle, and even had a few messages to send including that of a parent's undying love for their child.
Now being real, I think the anti-homosexual aggression displayed towards the protagonist was a bit over-dramatized (yes, even for 2007) but knowing the author was a young gay through the AIDS crisis I can perhaps see why this was the case (especially since we don't know exactly what year it was set in).
If you liked Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Twilight and you don't mind some medium frequent use of cussing, then please read this book.
I liked it, although there were a few aspects that I didn't care for. I would have preferred to have a totally unique superhero universe, instead of the incorporation of a Superman-like figure, and a Wonder Woman-like figure. It felt too "borrowed" to have those characters, and the ending and the ultimate villain was too easy to deduce, given the events leading up to the finale ending. Also, I needed more of a resolution with the father as well and more understanding into his actions towards his son, which seemed a bit contradictory. The "I hate you" relationship between his fiery friend and her boyfriend (?) just annoyed me as she was always being hateful to him.
I would recommend reading this book. I got it done in a day (mostly in one sitting while on a flight across the country). I wish the author had lived to continue this universe he had created....Rest In Peace, Mr. Moore.
Most people have a coming-of-age story. Those defining moments in their life where they leave behind childhood and become the man or woman they're going to be. For Thom Creed, those moments are ones few people can relate to. Thom, you see, is the son of Hal Creed. Hal was formerly Major Might, the world's most famous and beloved superhero. Though he had no superpowers of his own, his unerring sense of right and wrong, and his dedication to helping all, made him a role model for not only other heroes, but for the entire world.
Until the tragedy.
As our story opens, we realize that there was a great tragedy where many people died, and everyone blames Hal. He now lives in disgrace and holds down three low-paying jobs so he can pay off his mortgage and raise his son. Thom is a great boy, but he has his own secret that he's never told anyone. He's gay, and his father has a very old-fashioned sense of morality and believes it's wrong to be gay. So Thom keeps this a secret because his father is the last person he wants to disappoint. To add even more pressure to Thom's life, he's just discovered that he has super powers and can heal people. He tries to find his place in the world by enlisting in the League under probationary status. His father now has a disdain for most superpowered heroes, so this is another thing he tries to keep hidden. He's assigned to a rag-tag team of other tryouts, led by an established sidekick who's being punished for a mistake and forced to "step down" and supervise these hero wannabes. Thom's team consists of Thom, a man who can make other people sick, a bitter pizza-delivery girl who can fly and shoot fire, and a feisty old woman who can (sometimes) see the future.
The story is told in first-person perspective and covers a period of several months of Thom's life. From shortly before his powers start manifesting, to the climatic conclusion. Thom deals with feelings of inadequacy, uncertainty, and his own fears of letting down his father and those around him. Even in the League, he's given back-seat status as his power is one of healing and not very offensive. Throughout the novel, Thom must learn to face his fears and eventually realize that he can no longer hide nor run away from his own destiny.
It's especially fun if you're a comic book fan as you try to match the characters in the story to their comic-book inspirations (Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Flash, etc.). Many of the more prominent characters do have an inspiration in established characters, but Perry Moore thankfully adds enough differences to keep them from being pure carbon-copies. The story has occasional strong language and some references to sex (but never going into details), but is nothing inappropriate for someone around 16 or older. Thom's sexuality is a major plot thread throughout the story, but is never the full focus. While references are made to sex, the most Thom ever does is kiss someone. Like most kids, he's got a lot of things he gets dramatic over, and his sexuality is just one of them.
At the time, the book was unavailable on Kindle, so I ordered the paperback. I'm exceptionally happy I did. It's a bittersweet story (with more sweet than bitter) that leaves a lasting impression. I will most likely purchase it again once it's in electronic format so that it can be part of my digital library. It's that good.