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The Feros
     

The Feros

4.7 9
by Wesley King
 

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Wesley King follows up his darkly funny debut, The Vindico, with this high-octane sequel, delivering even more humor and explosive superpowered action.

After using your newfound super powers to defeat the most evil villains on the planet, what could you possibly do for an encore?

James, Hayden, Sam, Emily and Lana are finally ready to join

Overview

Wesley King follows up his darkly funny debut, The Vindico, with this high-octane sequel, delivering even more humor and explosive superpowered action.

After using your newfound super powers to defeat the most evil villains on the planet, what could you possibly do for an encore?

James, Hayden, Sam, Emily and Lana are finally ready to join the League of Heroes. Their new powers have made them stronger than ever (Hayden has perfected some particularly useful tricks for doing housework from the sofa), and the friends even gave themselves a name: the Feros. But as their induction into the League approaches, they are ambushed and arrested by a group of rogue Heroes. The only one who can clear their name is the League’s leader, Thunderbolt—but he’s gone missing. The Feros manage to escape capture, but with Thunderbolt gone and several League members defecting, there is no one left to trust.

Confident they can overcome anything together, the group’s security is shaken when Emily is mysteriously abducted right out from under them. Have the Vindico somehow managed to escape the impenetrable Perch? Or are they fighting a new enemy that they can’t see? One thing they know for sure is that even Sam’s telepathic detection has proven useless against this unknown foe. Without their computer genius or their telepathic shield, how will the Feros ever find Emily and keep themselves—and their families—safe?

 

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for THE FEROS:
 
FROM THE HORN BOOK:
“[King’s] characters are more than just old-school comic book archetypes. He humanizes his heroes and villains, allowing them to express regret, remorse, distrust, anxiety, fear, and love. He also provides compelling backstories that ground the characters with credible motivations. And he smartly balances the violent battle scenes with humor, mostly channeled through wisecracking Hayden (“I’m brilliant, but at a measured pace”). King’s take on superheroes and their counterparts is fresh and captivating.”
 
 
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Praise for Wesley King’s humorous debut, THE VINDICO:
 
STARRED REVIEW FROM VOYA:
“King brilliantly combines teenage points of view and emotions with comic book excitement in this superbly composed tale of superheroes and super villains. Readers get to know each of the five teens through their distinctive voices and personalities and can easily follow their motivations as they struggle to make the impossible decision of how to use their newfound powers. There is nonstop action as the teens learn how to use their powers with and against their villain mentors that will keep readers engaged and excited throughout the book. This is an excellent addition to any library serving teens, as it will appeal to reluctant readers with its fast-paced action, and almost all teen readers will love the comic book feel of this book.”

FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
[King's] teens are vivid, funny, and relatable, but their growth never comes at the expense of story or plot development. Add in descriptions of cool weaponry and superpowers, a healthy dose of clever one-liners and snappy dialogue, and plenty of chases and explosions, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a hit series that teens will love. King is definitely an author to watch.” 

FROM BOOKLIST:
“Here’s a debut that will knock middle-grade superhero fans on their butts. In a fresh twist, five ordinary teens are recruited to learn superhuman powers—by the villains . . . By minimizing the numbing action scenes so common to this sort of book and focusing instead upon the interplay of the witty, appealing kids, King deepens the reader’s experience by turning each character—yes, even the Torturer!—into more than the typical black-and-white placeholder . . . kids are going to gobble this up.”

FROM HORN BOOK:
“With the Vindico characters’ backstories, King grays the line between good and evil even further . . . he never loses his knack for humorous—and teen-friendly—dialogue, e.g., “If you turn a bunch of kids into supervillains, you can’t expect them to follow the rules.””

VOYA - Blake Norby
In the sequel to The Vindico (Penguin, 2012/Voya June 2012), the five teens are back with their newly formed super powers, and they are waiting to be able to officially join the League of Heroes. Unbeknownst to them, there is a growing rift within the League and a new fringe group hoping to replace the League. James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam find themselves once again caught in the middle of a war manufactured to destroy the League. The "Shadow people" are following the five teens and when they release the Vindico from the prison, the five friends have to work together to save the League and one of their own. Unlike the first book, this story is overly complicated and at times muddled. The relationships between the League members, the Vindico, and the Shadow people are unnecessarily confusing throughout the story until everything is conveniently explained at the end. While the action scenes are truly awesome and expertly written, the purpose behind the battles is unclear. The characters' voices are also not as strong in this book and often sound fake, like the author is trying too hard to sound like a teenager. It is unfortunate that this sequel does not stand up as well as the first book because this could easily be a series of books that creates a bridge between graphic novels and novels for teen readers. If this series continues, hopefully the storylines will get much clearer. Reviewer: Blake Norby
Kirkus Reviews
The lukewarm sequel to the tepid supervillain series opener The Vindico (2012) underwhelms. The five former protégés of the villainous Vindico have only two more months of life among the ordinary before at last being allowed to join the League of Heroes. The kids find their time in the doldrums cut short when they are attacked by a splinter group of the League--what gives?--and one of them, computer-genius Emily, is kidnapped by a mysterious third party who controls a team of superpowered Wraiths. Could her abduction be connected to the recent disappearances of League members? James, Lana, Sam and Hayden travel from one superbase to another in search of their friend, leaving a trail of wreckage in their wake as they fend off rebel Heroes, Wraiths and the Vindico, who are, predictably enough, released from their imprisonment to join the fray. King's sequel suffers from the same flaws that characterized the first book: bland protagonists, double and triple crosses that don't do anything but move the plot from point A to point B, less-than-compelling motivations behind the various villains' actions, overwrought dialogue and clumsy exposition. Readers new to the series will be lost in a thicket of comic-book names and superpowers, and even those familiar with the first book may find keeping track of the expanding cast a challenge. Ultimately forgettable. (Adventure. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399256554
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/27/2013
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for Wesley King!

 « “King brilliantly combined teenage points of view and emotions with comic book excitement in this superbly composed tale.”—VOYA, starred review
 
“[King’s] teens are vivid, funny, and relatable . . . you’ve got all the ingredients for a hit series that teens will love. King is definitely an author to watch.”—School Library Journal
 
“King depends the reader’s experience by turning each character—yes, even The Torturer!—into more than the typical black-and-white placeholder . . . kids are going to gobble this up.”—Booklist
 
“King grays the line between good and evil . . . he never loses his knack for humorous—and teen-friendly—dialogue.”—The Horn Book

Meet the Author

Wesley King is the author of THE VINDICO. He has recently come to terms with the fact that his first career choice—jedi—may be impractical for the moment.  He is now embarking on his second choice—YA author.  After coming to grips with this choice, he found himself having an inclination towards the self-serving villains in the background of fantasy stories, and, with this newfound avenue for his own dark humor and fierce desire for super powers, he wrote this series. Wesley lives in suburban Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Visit him at www.thevindico.com.

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The Feros 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Great book
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Want to read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Sets the handrail on the stairs on fire as he walks downstairs with his hand gliding down it. When he gets to the bottom he looks back at the flames.* Oops... *Shrugs and walks outside to smoke.*