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Thursday, January 2, 2014

REVIEW: Hero Worship, by Christopher E. Long

Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things.

But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last. The opportunity seems like a dream come true—until he realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is just a mask for the corrupt reality. And when a beloved hero is murdered, Marvin is suspected of being the villain behind the crime.

A superhero book that's ACTUALLY a superhero book. There's a lot of thought put into this superhero world, a lot of depth. There are "clean" powers and "dirty" ones. Those with clean powers get to actually use them, but if you have dirty powers you're an outcast and have to hide them, unless you can afford the therapy to get rid of them. Problem is, it's hard to determine who the "good" guys are through all the corruption.

The world is awesome. The premise is good, if predictable. Marvin (the lead) has dirty powers, but the best ethics and morals. All the characters were interesting and the characters themselves were well-developed, if their relationships weren't. I found myself wondering why this story had to be told. (I've always thought good stories have a "why.") It's a good quick read, but it doesn't make me wonder if there's a second story for Marvin and his friends.

There's some mature content, violence and language, so I'd probably not hand it off to my freshman, and younger sophomores, but it has a place on my shelves.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Flux through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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