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H.E.R.O - Metamorphosis Paperback – August 19, 2011
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Good points first. It gives a convincing story of young people adapting to suddenly having amazing powers. The difficulties of Psystar, the telepathy are especially well related. The adventure of them becoming superheroes is also entertainingly told.
Bad points. It comes across more as relating a Superhero MMORPG world than a realistic version of what superhumnans would be like in the real world. The H.E.R.O. organization is supposedly a government agency. What kind of first responder organization lets their agents loose in the field with only basic law enforcement and first aid training. Every real world organization I know of puts the rookies under the wing of veterans their first few weeks in the field. If this had been a story about the first superheroes in this world throwing them in the deep end would be necessary because there were no veterans to work with but these are supposed to be second generation heroes. Not only are they turned loose with minimal training (supposedly they took classes before developing powers because their parents were supers) H.E.R.O. agents apparently set their own duty schedules. First responders generally work shifts to make sure any emergency has adequate coverage but these superheroes get to decide when they are on call and get payed a bounty for stopping bad guys instead of a salary like cops and firemen.
If it were just unrealistic world building I could set it aside and say okay that's just the kind of world the writer wanted to portray and it makes for a fun story. If that were all that was wrong I'd have given this four stars. Unfortunately it also has uneven editing. Most of it it solidly written but there are places where it feels like something is missing. For example in one scene a conversation is clearly taking place inside a building one moment and a character takes someone flying outside the next with no transition from inside to outside. This happens in a few places.
All that said I have purchased the next book in the series and will probably buy more. It's a lot of fun, just don't expect too much from it.
Well, it worked out very well. I was in the middle of another book, but as you have 24 hours for a refund, I opened this book up to see if it was going back. I started enjoying this book so much, the other book (a puchase) went to the back burner, and I just couldn't stop flipping the pages of HERO.
This book is smoothly written. It flows well, and although the story isn't groundbreaking, it has its own brand of charm. It has all the cool super hero stuff you want, and the 3 main super heroes are very well fleshed out. Their internal dialoges and character development are really what gives this book a (super) leg up on other similiar novels.
What I really like about this book, is its "view points" There are 3 main characters in the story. Chapters are written from their perspective, and then when a new chapter comes up, it changes to a different hero's view point. It is very cool to see how each character views the same thing from a different light. I have read books with differing perspectives before, but this book does it better. I really liked this style, and its like having 3 different books all pan out at once.
I enjoyed it so much, I searched the authors name, Kevin Rau, on amazon kindle book store. He currently only has 4 books available, including this one. All are the same type of book. I bought the other 3 based on how much I liked this book. I will review those others after I have had a chance to read them.
Summary: I really liked this book, and look forward to more from this author.
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