Monday, 2 December 2013

(ARC) Book Review (278): Hero Worship - Christopher E. Long.

Hero Worship

Publication: 8th January 2014
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 240
Genre: Fantasy
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
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.
My Thoughts.
Hero Worship is a standalone superhero/fantasy novel by Christopher E. Long.
This book was such a delight to read, finishing it in half a day, the world building and characters were very well done and made for a quick and easy read.
Reminiscent to me of the movie 'Sky High' in some ways, the hot girl becomes interested in the potentially powerful teenager whilst pushing aside his friends and never realising that you can't take some things at face value no matter how much you want to.
Marvin and his friends Yvonne and Kent are considered 'dirties', individuals with unclean powers (children are tested when they are younger to discover whether they have dirty or clean powers) and so have to hide their abilities just to get by, Marvin is fascinated by The Core, the organization of Superhero's with 'clean' powers who rid the city of all criminals, and who happen to be Marvin's idol's much to the chagrin of his friends.
One night Marvin saves a family from a bunch of youths trying to rob them, and finds the next day that he's been outed by using his powers, and so The Core contact him to let him try-out for a prestigious position in their group, teaming up with the youngest member ever Eliza (aka: Roisin), Marvin discovers that The Core isn't all they make themselves out to be and are in fact corrupt, but when he is set up for the death of one of their popular and esteemed hero's he finds himself a wanted man unless he can somehow prove his innocence, but with not only the superhero's after him but the general population as well, Marvin will find himself hunted down until the truth comes out.
I can see this book being turned into a series, it really does have the potential there, but in saying that it works really well as a standalone novel as well.
For those of you who like superhero and underdog stories you should definitely pick this one up, a very well written story, that will keep you entertained all the way through.
I give this 4/5 Stars.

Christopher’s debut young adult novel,Hero Worship, will be published in early 2014 by Flux. He has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios and Image Comics. Christopher’s magazine writing has appeared in Flaunt MagazineAnthem Magazine, and Lemonade Magazine. His short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, Spinetingler Magazine, and Powder Burn Flash.
He was born in Seattle, Washington, raised in Logan, Utah, and currently lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

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