Hero

Hero

by Gary Moore

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BN ID: 2940046636543
Publisher: Gary Moore
Publication date: 03/15/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 949,282
File size: 308 KB

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Hero 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just one of a kind! Never before have I seen romance, fiction, and perseverance so wonderfully combined. The author really knows just when and how to pull at your heartstrings with Thom's ups and downs. Loved every page in this book, and I'm sad that it's over...at least for now!
babyskyblue07 More than 1 year ago
I just didn't want to stop reading this book. I felt writing was good some may not like it, but I felt the author Perry Moore did his best relating about the issues in the story. It just wasn't about a gay teen trying to find himself but also his hero side and place in the world.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Thom Creed is your average, everyday teenager. Except that he's prone to seizures. And he's gay. Oh, and he's the son of a superhero. An ex-superhero, actually. One who is shunned by the League as well as nearly every member of society. Oh, and Thom has superpowers of his own.

Obviously, life has never been normal, but Thom does his best to fit in. He shines on the school basketball team and does volunteer work while holding down three jobs. Until a series of events that would swallow any other kid whole sends Thom reeling into the very world he's been kept away from his entire life: the world of superheroes.

Now, while still trying to learn everything he can about his powers, the mysterious disappearance of his mother, and his own unexplored feelings, Thom is faced with new challenges. What he learns is that nothing is as it appears. Nothing and no one.

A plot- and action-driven novel, this book is ground-breaking in many ways. Not just in the obvious ways that one might think, although it is interesting to have a gay, teenage superhero as a protagonist. What kept me riveted was the look Moore offers at society. Our tendency to build people up and glory in tearing them to shreds and examining what's left. We thrive on heroes and everything they stand for, and yet, we're never content, as a people, to allow the heroes to enjoy the very things we want them to protect, like humanity, freedom, and individualism.

This book is smart. It keeps the reader engaged with a fast-paced scenes and one intriguing character after another while it conveys a message of redemption.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book that you HATE to finish because you just want it to go on. I hope that there are a lot more stories about Thom Creed in Moore's future. He's a fine writer, adept at character development, and a godsend to those who love superheroes and true love stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. The characters are flawed and at points considered outcasts, but the conclusion shows the power of the underdog and defines the true hero. If you enjoy reading book about unorthodox, quirky characters, this is a must-read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this on Nook, but when I did, I found out I had purchased a different book (Hero by Gary Moore).
heartofpages More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Read it awhile ago, and it is one of my all-time favorite LGBT books. I love how the book doesn't just focus on how Thom is gay, but other things too.
djsha17 More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read!! What I liked most about this book was that it was very original and it was nice to read something different. It also is inspiring and it truly tells readers that it is ok to be different. Again, awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a great story. Teen angst meets powers which meets puberty. You will definitely connect with this book no matter if you are gay, straight, or whatever else. I loved it and when I first tired to read it i could NOT put it down until five hours later and nearly asleep still wanting to read it. I promise you will love this book.
Oklea More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away. My friend read it, and she LOVED it! The writing style of the book is amazing! In a way its your cliche hero book, but it adds spice, creativity, and originality to the cliche plot line. I could not put the book down until I was finished reading it for the 3rd time. Beautiful story, absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite books of all time!
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This was a unique, genre-busting novel that managed to tackle societal issues while remaining interesting. People will enjoy this book either because they felt a gay superhero was needed or simply cause it was action packed. The writing wasn't the best, and sometimes hard to follow, but the characters themselves were diverse and engaging. It also had enough super hero cheesiness to make it charming. Brilliant.
LissaMonster More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a superhero story, but with quite an original premise. Besides being a fun read, it also should make you think. Especially about how we need to learn to not just tolerate others' differences and idiosyncrasies, but actively work with (and, when necessary, around) them. Except the author is a lot less soap-box-y about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never been more captivated by a "closeted" book than this. I felt what the character felt and I laughed out loud several times. It was awesome. This book is in my "books to cherish forever" section of my bookcase, tucked away safe and sound. I love rereading it.
cryptaknight More than 1 year ago
I spent my day off yesterday reading this book. It's not perfect- there was a lot of originality in the next gen superheroes, but many of the League member were familiar characters with new names grafted on (Justice/Superman/Nightwing, Warrior Woman/Wonderwoman, and so on)- but I found it to be daring and well written. Thom read like a real teenager struggling with the fact that he's different, and with the way relationships with parents change as one grows older.

Someone on the teen reads board at BN.com was complaining quite a bit about how inappropriate the "masturbation scene" was... First, it's not really a scene per se, as much as it is Thom revealing how he struggles to enjoy his sexuality while dealing with his certainty that his father will not approve. He does look at a gay pr0n website, but there's no gratuitous description, other than Thom saying he likes butch, hairy types. Honestly, I found the book to be totally appropriate for its age range; Thom is in high school, and acts like a high schooler.

I found that the book worked on the level of simply telling the superhero story; it's pretty funny, actually, while recognizing most of the superhero tropes from comic books and graphic novels. This is an AU where superheroes are the norm, and the League holds tryouts for new members. The most secretive of the heroes is actually working outside the League's approval, as is Thom's father, a disgraced Batman-figure (he has no super powers, just skills and a sense of vigilante justice). It's an intersting take on the genre, sort of what the world was probably like in The Incredibles before the supers went underground. Thom, on the other hand, wants to be a real, approved hero, but that means risking alienating his father.

Add to that fear of alienation the fact that Thom is also gay and closeted, and he's a young man with a lot of secrets, whose journey is simply learning how to be himself and be comfortable with who he is. His story of dealing with his sexuality was touching, for me, especially as he deals with his first crush/relationship at the same time that he is outed.

I think this would be an excellent read for any teen, gay or straight, because the real message is one of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and finding one's place in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this story was told and how the main character was a normal teen ager with insecurities and a great desire to please his Dad. That really moved me being someone who lost his father at a very young age. Too, I can not get enough of super heroes and this book does not disappoint in that department. Any of the criticisms about too mature content is silly. Most teens are exposed to way more and the author simply adds texture to the character by having him experience normal hormonal levels for a teen. I hope there is a sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Hero about a month ago. I had seen it recommended on a couple of websites, and finally i checked it out! Wow was it a great book, I think I read it in a matter of 2 days. I couldn't put it down. Even if you aren't into Superheroes I think anyone would enjoy this book...
tipsister on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I didn¿t read Hero, I listened to the audio book, and I loved it. Thom Creed is a super hero. His powers are new, not quite controlled, and he is on probationary status with The League. He¿s also gay and a teenager. All those things mixed together cause a bit of angst. I love superheroes and I think that Thom makes a great addition to the genre. He¿s growing and learning, becoming more powerful all the time, and is scared to tell his father that he¿s gay. He¿s so absolutely human. He wants his father¿s approval so badly and I think many of us can relate to that feeling. The book is emotional, hilarious, and exciting. Pretty much everything that a good book needs. I definitely recommend Hero highly. Just a note, it¿s a young adult book but really should be read by older teens. The language can be raw at times and there is one scene that might not be appropriate for younger readers - even though it¿s very tame. I¿d like to mention that the audio book was read by Michael Urie and he did a fabulous job.
Kaoden39 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Thank you Mr Moore, you satisfied my comic book geek inside of me and the woman I have become.Thom is great as a main character, he is human. In that I mean that he has insecurities, at times tends to think he is the only one that has problems and I can go on but I won't. I think that the fact that Thom is so human helps to make this book as good as it is. And he is like so many teenagers and doesn't realize that no matter what your parents love you unconditionally.I also applaud Mr Moore because the character of Dark Hero was a mystery to me until near the end and I figured it out and I think I was even late on that. So honestly I think that there is a future for you in writing mysteries if you should so decided to write them.The character interaction is good, and watching Thom grow and in the end learn to trust other people is good. I felt so sorry for Thom and what I think was his own embarrassment at his sexuality. He was sure that his father would hate him and by the end of the book he was surprised when his Dad didn't.His friendship with Ruth was his salvation in so many ways, she helped him to become the man he was able to be. She taught him to look a little deeper, first in her and then in Scarlett, and then everyone else.There is so much more that I would like to write down but, I am not doing a book report and I want people to enjoy it as much as I did
ada-adjoa on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Think this is a good book for a young guy in the closet to read. There is sexuality, but what 17 guy isn't sexual? I found the situations refreshing and believable. They weren't extremely explicit. I liked the happy ending.
amwo on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Basically I was very excited to read this book. And it definitely did not disappoint. Anyways, imagine a motley group of superheroes. One is gay, with the power of healing. Another is old and psychic, and a third has the power to make you really sick. Then there is extremely touchy Scarlett, who is angry all the time, and the team leader Golden boy, who has been put on probation from the League because of one teensy mistake. Imagine that, and you have Thom Creed's team. Thom is the son of an ex-superhero(who never had powers) who is fighting the secrets that he hides from his father. It doesn't exactly help that he is gay, has a thing for superheroes, and a dad who is the social outcast of the town(and really judgemental just FYI) because of a catastrophic event in the past. Thom's life changes when he starts to develop superpowers and is invited to try out for the League, a prestigious league of superheroes. And the others that have tried out are every bit as much of a misfit as he is. You will fall in love with this cast of D list superheroes that are unorganized yet miraculously save the day. I personally loved Typhoid Larry and Ruth (the person who makes people sick and the psychic.) Typhoid Larry was just adorable in all of his insecurities, and Ruth was the cool but crazy Grandma who knew the answer to everything (if not because she's wise, then because of her psychicness.) Moore wove a beautiful story with characters dancing (and sometimes stumbling) in and out of conflict throughout the whole thing. He also wrote a wonderful love interest, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of love in this story. What shocked me the most, was how I reacted to all the superheroes. Read this book and go to Geeky heaven, because even if they aren't real superheroes, I like them better than your basic Spiderman or Batman. (Too many "mans", luckily there was only the one Uberman in this book.) The writing in this book was was a perfect blend of witty and hearfelt at all the right moments. A choice quote? "And Golden Boy, if you weren't so busy trying to be a one man rescue machine... Well, there may be no 'I' in team, but apparently there's a real big one in 'Kevin.'" And the ending, the ending had me on the edge of my seat! You find out who the villain is (a surprise, but not really if you paid attention like me), who the mysterious 'Dark Hero' (a possibly bad, possibly good mystery guy) is, and everyone resolves their character vs. character issues! The ending was beautiful, the characters were beautiful, the writing was beautiful, this whole freaking book was beautiful. I might use this for my July Challenge, not sure yet. Anyways, go read this freaking fantastical book!
FFortuna on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Thom Creed's father is a disgraced superhero. There's a lot Thom can't talk to his father about--like how he's developing superpowers, that the superhero League wants him to join them, and especially not that he's gay.I read the whole book in one day. 428 pages, only breaking for food and the water closet. It was just that good. It's *sob* *pause* *gasp* over and over the whole way.Thom is a totally relatable character that I loved to cheer on, especially speaking as a teenager. He makes mistakes, and he doesn't always have a very realistic image of himself, but he never gives up. He goes after what he wants, and he doesn't mind working for it. The other characters mostly made me want to tackle them and hug them to death, but even the characters I didn't like were fascinating. Most of the established heroes are thinly veiled versions of DC heroes--Uberman, Warrior Woman-- but they became archetypes to work from and ideas to explore, rather than the parodies I was worried about.The plot was intricate, 428 pages is long for a YA novel, but it was easy to follow, one event flowing naturally into the next. Perry Moore slammed right to the heart of what superheroes mean, both the fantastic and the terrible but mostly the amazing.I highly recommend this book to anyone. YA, otherwise, superhero fan, otherwise, GLBT, otherwise, whatever. I hear there's a TV series in the works and I can't wait... I'm sure I'll be mentioning this book in other reviews, but as yet I don't have anything I can recommend that wouldn't fall flat after reading this. Maybe go read the classic graphic novels.
jentifer on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I'm bummed to admit it, but this book just didn't hold my attention - I read a little over a half of it and then just put it down and every time I tried to pick it up again I'd give up after a few pages. I hate when that happens! I liked the concept but the execution just didn't grab me past the initial setup.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I first added this to my TBR list a few months ago after reading a review (in PW or maybe Booklist), but I didn't remember what it was about when I picked it up. I just remembered that the premise sounded interesting. Hero turned out to be so much more that interesting. It's a fantasy tale (superheroes existing in our world kind of thing) that is really more than that. It's the story of Thom, a boy trying to find himself in a world where he doesn't fit in. I've read a lot of criticism of the book, and I can see where people are coming from, but I don't agree. Hero is, first and foremost, a YA book. It's written clearly for a YA audience, but not in such a way that you feel (as an adult) like the story is being dumbed down for you. It's clear that Moore respects his YA readers, though if you start reading the expected it to be a thesis on gay young adults, you're reading the wrong book. Instead, it's the story of Thom, as I've said, trying to find himself. Of course, unlike most gay teens, Thom has an extra set of worries -- his father is a washed up superhero. Of course, like so many teens, Thom has a secret -- only in his case it's two. He thinks he might be a superhero, but even more importantly, he knows he's gay. Perry Moore does covers a lot of topics in this book -- dealing with bigots (against both homosexuals and superheroes), with being a child in a single parent household (Thom's mother left Thom and his father), and with being seen as an outsider. Though the sometimes the plot was a bit too predictable (especially at the very end) I thought this did not take away from the storyline. It ended exactly the way I wanted, and that was more than good enough for me. There's something to be said for finding oneself, and Moore certainly has a way with words.
emma_mc on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Delightfully fresh. Takes on stereotypes and melts them away with laser vision or heat waves. Topics are ones often shied away from: homosexuality, cancer, poverty, etc. Very enjoyable and fun to read.
frood42 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Thom is keeping two big secrets from his father: first, he is gay; second, he has a superhuman ability to heal people and is trying out to join the League superheroes. Thom does not need to keep his abilities secret because the would wouldn't accept his powers-- in this book's universe, super abilities are fairly common and superheroes are often in the spotlight. The conflict with his father instead stems from his father's own shadowy past as Major Might, a hero without any extraordinary powers, who became shunned and disgraced. Major Might's backstory is hinted at early in the novel, and revealed slowly, hooking the reader and compelling them to read on. Suspense builds around whether Thom's father will learn his secrets and how he will respond, whether Thom can join the league, and the identity of the mysterious Dark Hero. Thom narrates like a typical teen and his struggles with his superpower and sexual identity and his relationship with his father and absent mother, are paired with exciting scenes of heroes battling villains, and an epic battle at the end. Sometimes, however, the plot does not quite stack up. For instance, the murder of several superheroes drove the story until the evil mastermind was revealed, at which point the murder subplot was dropped, and while most observant readers would realize that murdering superheroes is actually counterproductive to the villain's master plan, the murders were never satisfactorily reconciled with the book's climax. However, Thom and his story are interesting enough that plot flaws don't ruin the story. Scenes of fairly graphic violence and strong language make this book appropriate for older teens.