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Wearing the Cape (Wearing the Cape Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 498 KB
- Publication date : April 1, 2011
- Print length : 259 pages
- Publisher : Createspace (April 1, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004XRCC1G
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- Best Sellers Rank: #238,080 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From there, we get super-battles, feats of derring-do, and a heck of a lot of training, so Hope doesn’t accidentally crush her parents when she tries to hug them. She has to somehow make time for school and her old friends, while also getting to know her new teammates, including Atlas, the magician Blackstone, the slinky psychic Chakra, the acrobatic Harlequin, the speedster Rush, and the vampire Artemis. And she has to worry about the prediction she hears from the Teatime Anarchist, that if she doesn’t survive the coming days, the future is doomed. But can she trust the villain who caused her to gain her powers? Can she even trust her super-powered teammates?
This is a great story, lots of fun, lots of action, and pretty much everything you want from a superhero story. Plus stuff you may not be expecting, too.
There’s a great level of realism here — not so much that it stops being about people who pick up cars, run at superspeed, or read minds, of course. But we get lots of details about what life would be like for a superteam. For one, there’s not a lot of real crimefighting that goes on — they’re mostly there for serious emergencies, to provide backup for police and emergency services, and to deal with super-powered threats. Superteams also have large dedicated staffs of professionals — mostly working to monitor the police bands and dispatch heroes to wherever they’re needed. Also on staff? Clothing designers. Because superheroes don’t sew their own costumes.
Hope also has to learn to deal with her powers realistically — including being careful not to injure normal people. But she also learns hand-to-hand combat so she can deal with all the superstrong supervillains out there. And she learns why it’s not a smart idea to bash your way through a wall when you can go through a door or window instead.
But all the realism in the world won’t do your superhero novel much good if there’s not some action to go along with it — and this book delivers. From the opening scene, we get a couple of elevated highways getting pancaked into each other, and that’s followed by battles against superpowered gangsters, mind-controlled mobs, and plenty of super-terrorists, as well as an extended trip to provide relief during a catastrophic earthquake. The action is furious, desperate, bone-shaking, and just all around excellent.
The novel’s other big strong point is the characters. Astra, Atlas, Artemis, Hope’s parents and friends, Blackstone, Chakra, Riptide, and tons more — all are pretty well-defined, very likeable, and you want to read more and more about them. Harmon has written quite a few more novels in this series, and that’s a good thing, ’cause that means a lot more stories about all these interesting people.
The lone point that I didn’t like? I thought the romance in the story was a bit tacked on and maybe a bit unrealistic. But it’s a minor point out of a novel that I really enjoyed immensely.
Marion Harmon has created the most thoughtful universe I’ve seen where superheroes and “normals” coexist. He has done a fantastic job with reconciling a super’s powers and abilities for both help and harm with a society’s desire for protection. The way that a super has to interact with society, the training and formation of teams, the ability to get insurance and how dangerous situations are handled have all been carefully thought out and described.
There is also a believable history given the circumstances that created humans with supernatural abilities. The historic characters feel real and their flaws and strengths make them human despite their powers. The detailed background makes the story seem realistic even when dealing with superhumans who have amazing abilities.
I mentioned the world-building first because it sets the entire series above other similar novels. That said, I really like Astra and her story arc. This entire series follows her as she grows in power, skills, and (especially) leadership abilities. The secondary characters are both believable, human, and have their own arcs and growth.
I am really looking forward to having the series continue.
If you like this series I can recommend “Super Powereds” by Drew Hayes and, for a more urban fantasy approach, the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews.
Wearing the Cape was the first superhero story I had ever read that took the question of baffling, impossible superhuman abilities and gave it a serious, logical, and realistic answer. Superheroes aren't vigilantes in this world (well, some are), they're hired as state militia and emergency response teams. They don't just beat up bad-guys, they also rescue disaster survivors and clear wreckage. When they do fight baddies, there's more thought to it beyond just throwing punches--they make sure events go down in a way the villains can be found guilty in court and sentenced.
The entire world is fascinating; it's a take on heroes that was entirely new to me. Hope (the protagonist) has to learn how to control her powers, she has to train to fight other supers, she has to worry about things like public perception and the press. Her journey through this new world she's thrust into is endearing and inspiring.
Most of the book is an incredibly fun adventure, with a few real, powerful emotional touches. And, to be honest, a few slow areas as well. Writing this review after my fifth read-through, I'm just now starting to see some of the flaws: the beginning of the book, when Hope just develops her powers, is one of the most fascinating situations for me personally (dealing with how powers impact normal life). However, we barely see any of Hope's normal life. I can accept most of that for the sake of pacing, but it particularly irks me that the conversation she has with her three best friends in the world about this amazing, life-altering thing that happened to her was -completely glazed over.- The whole conversation, supposedly between three of the most important people in her life, and we don't get a word of actual dialogue--just summary. That, at least, should have been expanded on.
A lot of the beginning of the book is slow. First it's very fast and exciting, then it slows down for a time, then the main plot is introduced (it centers around the Teatime Anarchist, the terrorist whose actions led to Hope's powers) and it picks up with gusto. Quickly moving to Hope's first villain fight, the pace and excitement swing back into "highly engaging" and stay there for the remainder of the book.
The main plot is centered around the Teatime Anarchist, and his time-traveling war for the future. A lot of the time it floats in the background, largely invisible, but it is readily apparent that nearly every major event in the plot is driven entirely by his actions.
I just love this series, you know? I adore it. Mr. Harmon has earned himself a life-long fan in me. I fell so intensely in love with this story, that simply reading the entire series in a week and then beginning to REread it wasn't enough; I had to WRITE something about this. Wearing the Cape is the story that inspired my own (pending) career as an author. You and your story are my inspiration, and I can not thank you enough for that.
Top reviews from other countries
If you hate comic-book superheroes you'll still love this!
The author takes a tired genre graphic-novel superhero concept and tranforms it into a very readable, thought-provoking and throughly enjoyable book that I cannot recommend highly enough.
Not just a fresh take on an old idea, but written with insight and intelligence, not to mention a mastery of the English language.
This was recommended to me by a Kindle UK best-selling author and I was not disappointed. Nor will you be.
I read this one only recent and have had to read the others!
really good story, and such an interesting setting the world is.
The female lead is fantastic and the plot is great, both big and small moments.
check it out!