Thursday, June 17

Hero by Perry Moore

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Thom has powers he can't always control. When he's asked to join the League - an organisation of superheroes - he has to keep it from his father, who was spurned by them in the past...but that's not the only secret he's been keeping. Thom's gay and having a hard time facing it.

Joining forces with some unconventional superheroes, he will have to learn how to trust in others and face his fears. Most importantly, he'll need to learn what it means to be a true hero.

I finished this book in three days. No joke, I got it out of the library on Monday when I went to return 'Before I Fall' and saw it on the Gay YA shelf. I'd been looking up gay lit a while back and I recognised the cover, even when I was just nonchalantly staring down from the escalator. It is quite striking.

This book was a very enjoyable read. The characters were interesting and the premise was a new look on the perceived world of heroes and villains.

I really liked the protagonist, Thom Creed (sometimes protagonists fall flat and I struggle through the book because of them) and found him to be sympathetic. He was easy to relate to, even with his superpowers. I was always interested to see what he would do next. His narrative voice was easy to read and had me drawn in from the start.

I was always eager to pick up this book. Nothing was painstakingly obvious or uninteresting. The chapters usually ended on mini-cliffhangers which I'm beginning to see is the perfect way to keep a reader gliding through a book with interest and without the tendency to put it down after every segment.

I wasn't choked up through the novel but it definitely has some very emotional points. It's also quite humorous. I like it when a book can balance the comical and the serious, where the reader feels comfortable but intrigued and involved. It really heightens the journey.

'Hero' by Perry Moore is full of action. There are moments when the book describes moments from the past but I never felt completely lost as to what was happening. Instead I was immersed in the world of this novel and enjoyed discovering things about the characters.

I'd definitely recommend this novel to people interested in a good spin on the superhero world and an interesting insight into a boy who is trying to find out who he is, where he stands with the world, his friends and father, and becoming a hero.


Aubrie said...

Wow, that's hard to do: to make someone with superpowers easy to relate to. I might have to pick this one up!

Kat O'Keeffe said...

I actually have this on my shelf though I haven't read it. I'll get around to it soon, though. It'll be research for my own superhero story!

Scribblers Inc said...

will see if I can lay my hands on that one...great blog btw...good buncha reviews...

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