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Posted April 22, 2008
I bought this book for my middle school aged son based on the jacket description and the background of the author (executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia films). We were both surprised at the language used, but he liked the story and that wasn't a big deal. However, he got to a point in the book where the character goes to the computer to do his homework (?) and says something like, 'but of course I went straight for the porn'. Not my idea of what a 'hero' ought to be doing in his spare time....
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Posted May 27, 2014
Hero by Perry Moore Thom Creed is a teenager who excels in spor
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Thom Creed is a teenager who excels in sports. Abandoned by his mother when he was a child, he was raised by his father, who wanted nothing to do with heroes.
The world that Thom inhabits is ruled by superheroes who belong the "The League." They combat supervillains.
After a basket ball game where he is called a "fag," Thom ends up in a bus that is being attacked by Transvision Vamp, Snagle Tooth, and Ssnake. Thom uses his powers to heal people at the bus as they are rescued by Ubberman and the heroes of The League. Thom is asked to join the trials to become a hero. He must decide whether he's to add pain to his dad, Hal, by nurturing his superpowers and joining the League - the very organization that spurned his father after he saved the world - and confide in him his deepest secret, that he's gay.
As he trains to join the League, he meets a group of people who become his new family: Scarlett, who controls fire, but is dying of cancer; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick at will; Ruth, an old woman who can foresee the future, or at least part of it; and golden Boy, who's in love with Scarlett, but has no clue how to deal with her.
As murders of the superheroes The Spectrum and King of The Sea occur, the League finds itself fighting for their survival. Thom and his group of misfits must find a way to save the heroes from one of their own.
Reunited with his mother, Invisible Lass, and with a reactivated father, Major Might, Thom brings the fight Justice, the league's leader. With his mother's wedding ring, which is from Justice's original planet, Thom saves the world and finds love in Goran who turns out to be the Dark Hero.
I bought the book because it was on someone's list of the 50 best gay novels. Needless to say I don't think it belongs in there. Told from Thom's first person point of view, the book is clearly aimed at a young audience. However, it is not up to the standards of Alex Sanchez, which is who I use to compare the genre. Instead, the book is soapy, whiny and full of mistakes: Polar Paul on page 110, become Polar Pete on page 118; Chemical Kid on page 110, becomes Chemical King on page 118; and Typhoon Timmy on page 110 becomes Typhoid Larry on page 118. The heroes are never explained, they just are. Why they exist is a mystery.
Other than young adults, I can't think of any other audience to recommend the book.
Posted November 1, 2011
There are issues in this book that are troubling
It has serious issues which if I had known about, would not have bought this book. They are impossible to overlook and bothered me throughout the entire story.
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