Fall of Heroes (Cloak Society Series #3)

Fall of Heroes (Cloak Society Series #3)

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by Jeramey Kraatz
     
 

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The Cloak Society has risen and heroes will fall in the epic conclusion to the Cloak Society series—a thrilling middle grade trilogy that's perfect for fans of the Alex Rider Adventures and the 39 Clues.

The Cloak Society has finally risen to power—by posing as the saviors of Sterling City. As long as the people believe Cloak's lies, Alex and

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The Cloak Society has risen and heroes will fall in the epic conclusion to the Cloak Society series—a thrilling middle grade trilogy that's perfect for fans of the Alex Rider Adventures and the 39 Clues.

The Cloak Society has finally risen to power—by posing as the saviors of Sterling City. As long as the people believe Cloak's lies, Alex and his friends are all that stand in the way of total Cloak domination. But to bring Cloak to justice, Alex must make a final stand against his parents, his past, and the life of supervillainy he's always known.

Praised by Publishers Weekly for its "rapid-fire, comic book–style action" and by School Library Journal for having "the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books," the Cloak Society trilogy delivers high-stakes battles, extraordinary superpowers, and an original twist on the superhero stories readers know and love. Can a villain ever truly become a hero? In this explosive series finale, the stakes are higher than ever—and the answer will be decided once and for all.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Healy
“The Cloak Society must have zapped me like kryptonite, because the moment I opened it, I was frozen in place, reading long into the night, unable to move until I turned the last page.”
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Hailey Chappell
Fall Of Heroes is a good book for students in middle school or early high school. The action is well paced but sometimes confusing. The characters are realistic, with believable teenage issues, considering that they are superheroes. Alex’s struggle against his supervillain parents is comparable to normal teen rebellion. The book leaves lots of loose ends that could be pursued in additional volumes. Reviewer: Hailey Chappell, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 15.
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Jonathan Ryder
In this third and final book of The Cloak Society trilogy, Sterling City has seen its beloved protectors, the Rangers of Justice, fall and be replaced by a new group of superheroes. Unfortunately, those new rangers are actually members of The Cloak Society, a band of supervillains who plan on using their newfound identities to control the city. Now, Alex Knight, (son of two members of The Cloak Society) and his band of teenage cast-offs from both groups must rescue two of the original rangers from a dismal dimension known as “The Gloom,” in the hope that these heroes will help them expose the nefarious schemes of Sterling City’s alleged protectors. Can Alex and his gang of misfits succeed in this endeavor? More importantly, as the child of two powerful supervillains, is Alex simply deluding himself into thinking that he can change his nature and truly become a hero? Only time will tell. Since this is the third book in a series, it assumes that the reader is already familiar with the characters, their origins, and their powers. While the narrative does take a little time to touch on each character, it does not take the time to really establish them; thus this book should not be recommended to readers who have not read the first two. In addition, the action is often confusing, with numerous characters running around at the same time, making it sometimes difficult for the reader to follow along. In spite of these flaws, the story is very readable, if somewhat predictable. The ending is satisfying and ties up most of the major plot points. This book deals with friendship, cooperation, and the nature of heroism. It would appeal to fans of the superhero genre and would be a worthy addition to most middle school collections. Reviewer: Jonathan Ryder; Ages 12 to 15.
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
Gr 5–8—This third entry begins with Alex and the team realizing their goal from book two: rescuing good-guy Rangers Lone Star and Lux from an alternate dimension. But the team's success is short-lived; Lone Star and Lux have lost their superpowers and the evil Cloak Society is masquerading as "New" Rangers, pretending to be the protectors of Sterling City while secretly plotting its destruction. Alex continues to grapple with his past: Can he really overcome his family ties to the Cloak Society? Alex's mother, Shade, develops into an intriguing, fearsome adversary, and the two face off in a climactic battle in which Alex delivers the ultimate teen cry of emancipation: "Mother, get out of my head." Alex is still the narrative's focus, his internal musings get most of the author's attention. Supporting characters that readers have come to know and like throughout the series aren't as developed as they could be in this installment. Kraatz often falls back on the superficial—describing their hair, for example, instead of giving them nuanced personality traits. It's not a serious flaw. The series' strengths are action without gratuitous violence, profanity, and romance, making it ideal for middle graders ready for a little bit more of a challenge. The story has a satisfying resolution, but Kraatz leave the door open for this appealing trilogy to continue.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-10
Teenage superheroes square off against supervillain parents in this action-packed, if misleadingly (or at least metaphorically) titled, trilogy closer.In hiding since his dad, Volt, and evil telepathic mother (imagine having one of those), Shade, led the Cloak Society in a successful bid to crush the Rangers of Justice and market itself as the “New Rangers,” Alex and his mixed band of junior allies from both organizations make ready to strike back. The first step—rescuing original rangers Lone Star and Lux from an other-dimensional prison—turns into a public relations disaster, and nearly a real one, after the rescuees dismiss the young folk and charge into the fray on their own. So much for counting on grown-ups. As previously, Kraatz weaves together angst-y ruminations and multiple set-piece battles between bands of costumed fighters endowed with both high-tech weaponry and powers ranging from telekinesis to the ability to change into a mist. Of course, adversaries have time to exchange the customary threats or banter as they battle, and despite massive destruction of property, the actual body count is near zero. Afterward, along with discussing possibilities for sequels, Alex and his newly fledged team acquire preppy peacoats rather than flashy spandex body suits (so last-century).Dangers, debacles and superhuman feats galore, with a light brush of applied satire and enough resolution to serve. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062095534
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Series:
Cloak Society Series, #3
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
323,933
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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