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I generally start off with any perceived problems, and here are a couple: The book does start out a little slower than I'd have liked, but that is just set up and prep for the rest of th tale. There were a few parts that I had trouble understanding why things did or did not happen, such as when the kids were attacked. . . no one retaliated? Had one of those kids been mine then somebody would have been nibbling on their liver. Hardman seems to just be hitting his stride as a writer, as the book really picks up and gets to be fun and exciting. Any fan of superheroes would love this book.
Mikael Naramore does a great job narrating, he clearly puts his all into the process, and gives each character a unique voice, and their personalities shine through and apart from one another. This is a fun book, part 2 in a series, and you'll hope there are many more to come.
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So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.
1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.
1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.
Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.
In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
In this second adventure Kid soon finds enemies at his door as things heat up and it seems all teen supers are in the crosshairs of nefarious government forces. Kid is foeced to lead the chargw for survival and with wit, charm our author makes sure that we arw soon emotionally invested in this happening. Narration is as expected professionally done as you woukd expect from such a talent as Narrmore.
Overall a worthy successor to the first book and one i will continue to look forward to.
This audio was gifted to me and i choose to leave a review and as such is my own honest opinion.
A lightweight but enjoyable super hero novel in which teenage Kid Sensation, known to his family and friends as Jim, is off to the Academy to develope his already formidable skills which include shape shifting, invisibility, the power to fly, teleport, speed running as well as being both telepathic and empathic. But still he is nervous of failure, especially since secret government organisation is threatening to throw him off planet if he doesn't become their spy. But even worse things are ahead ...
Written in the first person, narrator Mikael Naramore fits snuggly into the persona of Jim, his pleasant voice reading clearly and his interpretations of the other protagonists also good. He certainly adds enjoyment to the book. With plenty of superpower fights, teenage awkwardness in the face of romantic attraction and conspiracies overlapping, this is a great book to brighten a dreary afternoon.