Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Hero by Perry Moore

Title: Hero
Author: Perry Moore
Genre: Superheroes, GLBT, YA (As far as I know this is the first book to be written at the junction of all these genres.), fiction
Pages: 428
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A white background, with an empty black mask. The author's name shows in the eyeholes of the mask. The title is below the mask in bold multicolored font.
First line: "I never thought I'd have a story worth telling, at least not one about me."
Best part: The combination of superheroes, YA, and GLBT.
Worst part: This book doesn't have a worst part.
Grade: A
Recommended for: Anyone who saw Watchmen and wants to encounter the next awesome thing in the genre.
Related Reads: Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Thom has it tough. Bad enough being a broke teenager working three jobs to get by. Worse being a closeted gay kid surrounded by homophobes. But the worst of it all is having a dad who's a washed-up superhero and a mom who disappeared. What the situation needs is a hero. Does Thom have it within him?

Love love love. LOVE. This book has a bit of a slow setup, but past the first few chapters it moves with the force and inevitability of a juggernaut (or perhaps The Juggernaut!). If like me, you grew up reading X-Men, or even if you just have a slight interest in the superhero/comic book genre, you HAVE to read this book. Everyone has a secret, many have secret identities, and you just don't know who the real "good guys" are. It is so good I am capitalizing my verbs, what else do you need to know? Buy a copy today.
Tags: books 2009, fiction, grade a
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