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Sensation: A Superhero Novel (Kid Sensation Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Jim started off as a good protagonist and very mature for his age, which was believable given what he went through and the training he received. However the book fell apart after he joined the super hero training team, he became a different character. The smart teenager that went through a tough 2 years of isolation and bitter training was replaced by an airhead that made many mistakes that were almost out of character.
Again the book was pretty good halfway through and I did not know where it was leading me but towards the end it ran out of steam. There were just too many cliches and the 3 dimensional main character became 2 dimensional. The end was anti-climatic because the nefarious supervillian team became a dud of whinny brats that were 1 dimensional at best.
So far the only super power book I would recommend would be "Soon I Will Be Invincible".
The story is told in the first-person perspective from Kid Sensation's POV. Hardman does a great job of capturing what it's like to be a teenage boy and grounding the character despite his multitude of powers. The interactions between Kid and his grandfather and mother as well as other superheroes his age, like Paramount, Aqua or Smokescreen or Electra all feel very real. Hardman also adds in some interesting touches for different super-powers, such as the idea of super-vision being an ancillary power for super-speed.
That being said, I think I would have to agree with others who argued that Kid is perhaps a bit TOO powerful. Flight, superhuman speed, intangibility, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and shapeshifting is a bit much. I also felt that the intelligence of far smarter characters like Mouse and Braintrust was more or less ignored towards the end of the book so Kid could be the one who discovered the mole.
The prose has some clunky moments and for some reason, the prologue is written in present-tense, a very jarring shift from the rest of the book. But overall a very enjoyable read. I read it within the span of a day and never felt bored.
Despite generally good writing, there is a lengthy and largely unneeded flashback that disrupts the flow of the story. The narrator did a fine job too. I liked his reading, but not so much his attempts at accents. All in all, it wasn't a total disappointment. I really think teens will enjoy the heck out of it. But I found it a so-so read (listen).
Note: I received an audible credit for this book. I chose to listen to it and review it.
I sincerely hope the next 27 books aren't "one of the bad guys escaped and puts us all in danger and our hero loses his powers but saves the day in the end anyway and gets the girl but it's complicated" stories. Dreadful schlock THAT would be.
I'd love to see something about the origin of the powers and the reasons they all get them. And the consequences of everyone becoming a super.
Anyway, read it. It's fun!
Sex - one implied scene of observed nudity after a shower and then a kiss (both parties robed)
Violence - some injuries after a bombing; characters witness the victim of a grusume murder but description is implied rather than graphic
Language - no profanity or cursing
Religion - none
Four stars for the book it could have been.
While I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the superhero genre, I would also recommend this NOT the book to start off with. There are plenty of better written books available on Amazon.
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