The Misshapes

The Misshapes

by Alex Flynn


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Some people have powers.
Some people do not.
And some people just might change the world.
Sarah Robertson is one of those people.

Sarah is no ordinary girl: she can control the weather with her emotions. But in Doolittle Falls where superheroes walk the streets (and fly over them), Sarah’s powers aren’t enough for admission to the prestigious Hero Academy. Not to mention that her mother is a notorious Supervillain and the archnemesis of America’s favorite Hero, Freedom Man. Instead of being accepted to the school of her dreams, Sarah is marked as an outcast with powers – a Misshape.

Now she’s stuck with a ragtag group of fellow Misshapes, her dreams of heroism on hold indefinitely. Yet Sarah is determined to harness her powers to win a place at Hero Academy. But the path to greatness won’t be easy. Her brother’s rebellious streak is starting to wear thin, she has an intriguing (and smoking hot) new mentor, and an unexpected romance blooms with superstar Hero Freedom Boy. And when Doolittle Falls comes under threat of annihilation, Sarah has to prove there may be more to the Misshapes than everyone thinks.

And she may just kick some Supervillain butt in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940610313
Publisher: Polis Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: The Misshapes
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alex Flynn is the pseudonym for the writing team of Stuart Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly. They met at a clandestine book club in Boston, where they broke into a fortified tower in order to discuss literature. They like garrulous Irish writers, Pushing Daisies, Axe Cop, and anything involving The Tick. Their secret lair is currently in a hollowed out volcano in Brooklyn. In addition to co-writing The Misshapes, Donnelly is cultural journalist who has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The L.A Times, Paris Review Daily, GQ and many others. Sherman is a bioethicist, health policy analyst and a former contestant on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

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The Misshapes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AlexThompson More than 1 year ago
Misshapes is about a world in which superheroes and villains exist and I have to say I've never actually read anything like this before; at least along the lines of Superman type heroes, so it was a change up for me and I was excited to be able to read it. It was rather fun to read about it, regardless of the problems in the writing. The character Alice quickly became my favorite character and I loved her sense of humor. "Meet up?" Alice said, shaking her head. "I can't let you go off on your own in the dangerous world of chain stores. You may wind up  looking lie a total skank for your date." Right. I did want to look honorable. "Or seven worse, you might not look like one," she added. The book continued to make me laugh and some lines were labeled: 'the. best. line. ever' in my notes. "I have one friend here, I think, and the rest are just vaguely hostile." Now, while there is romance (possibly a love triangle in the making) the insta-love between Sarah and Freedom Boy felt like a ball out of left field. So much so that I was instantly suspicious of his motives! The inconsistencies that plagued the book was if nothing else, very annoying, so much so that I was re-reading paragraphs very slowly to make sure I was reading it correctly. For example, there's a scene of Sarah and Freedom Boy flying, and one minute she's on his back, and then the next she's in his arms in the span of a single sentence without explanation of how she got there. This sort of thing happens a good deal. Some people may not even notice or care, but others will, if like me, find it annoying. Unexpected problems popped up out of no-where in the writing without any lead-in or build up, making it feel unnatural and giving me that feeling of shock you get when you hit an unexpected pot hole in the road you somehow managed to not see coming. Despite the stories premise there were just some unrealistic scenes taking place that I couldn't just get past. For example, Sarah having a conversation with a semi-naked guy in a the middle of the woods. There were other instances, but I don't want to spoil the story. The authors made a great world for their characters, but it wasn't that solidly built and the characters were rather one dimensional. Sarah, our main protagonist, despite some of the character growth still managed to feel flat to me by the end of it all. By chapter fifteen I was wondering if Freedom Boy had an actual name at all and the fact that it took until chapter fifty-three, damn near the end of the book for us to learn it, the fact that it was ridiculous that it took us this long to learn it was even more compounded by the simple truth that we learned his name at the same time Sarah did, despite her dating him since nearly the beginning of the book. Even though the authors pulled a Deus ex machina at the end with the rather sudden and abrupt appearance of the "stranger" to fix the problem. We get no explanation of how the person got there that fast. If they was just hanging out near-by and that's how, then why didn't they help out sooner? Despite all these problems and inconsistencies in the book (small as they may have been, they still bugged me) I liked it, and still surprisingly so, enjoyed the story and will more than likely be picking up the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's great. Nice break for those who just read Marvel/DC comics. I won't go out and say "theres comedy romance suspense and sadness and what-not (which is not entirely true.) I won't spoil anything. I'm quite confused now. Why havn't you got the book already? Stop reading the ninsense I'm putting. Like I said before its great so go and buy it. If you don't like it don't blame me. Just because I said you should get it, doesn't mean you have to. So......... anyways it was great in my opinion. I don't get why I keep typing....Probably since I'm bored. Once again,it was great. -The Voice In Your Head