- File Size: 328 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Publisher: Createspace (April 22, 2011) (November 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A2XANLQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,537 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
|Digital List Price:||$0.99|
Save $0.99 (100%)
Wearing the Cape: The Beginning Kindle Edition
Blockbuster graphic novels in Prime Reading
Prime members: Enjoy a selection of graphic novels tied to this summer's biggest blockbusters, including "Star Wars: Han Solo," "Cable & Deadpool," "Thanos Rising" and more FREE in Prime Reading. See more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Set in a world where a small portion of multiple people developed superpowers after a worldwide "event," this book somehow combines the familiar and fun elements of superhero stories and delivers a fresh take on them. The powers vary widely -- some people have super strength and the ability to fly, while others are very flexible or have mental powers. Hope, a young girl about to go to college, suddenly comes into her powers and has to decide how to use them.
Once you take the powers as a given, the world is very easy to sink into. There are organized groups of superheros and, of course, super baddies. There are people who use their super-strength as sort of emergency responders, the president is a super hero, and there are even people using their powers for entertainment (there is a description of a rap group that made me think of Insane Clown Posse if a frontman had super powers).
This is a YA book that manages to not feel sanitized, probably because we're reading the story from the POV of Hope, who is naturally a "good girl." It will be interesting to see how the author manages to maintain this tone as the story progresses, but it feels very natural at this point.
Despite the high price tag, I did buy the full version of the novel. The author has a clear and enjoyable style and I love his take on this common theme. Even though Hope decides to join the "good guys," there are hints that not everything is as it seems in this world and I am interested in seeing the plot develop.
Hope's world is turned upside down as she is introduced to her new powers, learns that her own father has super-abilities, and she becomes the sidekick (trainee) to Atlas, one of the first - and most well known - superheroes since "the Event".
I like how Atlas describes superheroes as following:
"We're not gods, Astra. We're glorified emergency response professionals, rescue workers, and civilian contractors to the police when other superhumans are involved. Half the time all we get to do is the cleanup. Leave the counter-terrorism to the pros."
I loved everything about it. I'm sad that I only got the first 13 chapters. I'd love to read more and continue through the series. When I first saw the cover and read the synopsis, I was expecting a graphic novel (which would make this even cooler!) but it is written in novel format.
There are some great plot twists in the story that I'd love to read through to the end. It makes you wonder what is going to happen and who to trust. Great writing! It's a rare event when I can start reading a book and can't guess at the plot line and ending.
For a fun read and for all people out there who love superhero stories, this is a great book to check out! I wouldn't mind having it on my shelf.
Hope, a.k.a. Astra, is a college freshman who discovers that she makes a difference being a member of the Sentinels rather than a member of the Bees. But she doesn't want to give up her previous life. But she has to in order to keep order in her hometown, Illinois and her country. After "The Event," she was given powers that she had to learn to control, thanks to her friends with the Sentinels. But Astra also discovers that she remains vulnerable and has to make her own decisions as a superhero and crimefighter, as well as be a team player.
Marion Harmon has established quite a character in Hope/Astra. This is an excellent beginning of what I hope to see as a series of young adult novellas/books about a teenage girl who discovers that she can do much more with her newfound gifts as well as her own teammates and friends. This is a very well-written story. I look forward to seeing the next books.