Kid Sensation is back! The intrepid teen super with the plethora of powers returns in a new adventure.
Having saved the planet and earned a place with the world's premiere superhero team, Jim (aka Kid Sensation) is preparing to attend the prestigious Academy, where teen supers from every corner of the globe learn to master their abilities. At the same time, however, he is approached by a mysterious government organization that wants Jim to work for them - and they won't take "No" for an answer.
Moreover, at the Academy itself, an insidious and highly contagious virus is running amok through the student population, striking at the heart of their abilities. Students are losing control of their powers, with lethal consequences.
Now, in addition to evading the machinations of government agents, Jim must solve the mystery behind the virus - and how to stop it - before every super everywhere becomes fatally infected.
©2013 Kevin Hardman (P)2016 Kevin Hardman
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"A fun Read"
So after listening to the first book I'll admit I was hooked. A note before we get down to the review, this is a YA novel only in the sense that the main characters are teens and that there isn't a lot of depth or complications to the plot. With that said if you come into this expecting Shakespeare you will be disappointed. If you just want a fun read with super heroes, then you might have found what you've been looking for.
1. the powers are well thought out, with the real world issues some scientists have actually look into. Fortunately the fixes this with other powers to off set these issues.
2. The characters are usually rather well developed and make sense.
3. There is humor that is actually funny, and not just in an adolescence manner either.
4. The romantic subplot is exactly that the subplot, not the plot, and is done in a rather realistic manner, it's sweet but not overwhelming.
5. the plot while not overly original is solid, without any real 'wait that wouldn't happen' moments.
6. everything makes sense within the context of the book, while some reviewers have questioned people not using their super powers, they clearly weren't listening about the risks.
1. Lack of depth, this is where the book earns the YA status. It goes into some really heavy stuff like national sovereignty, legal checks and balances, moral and immoral science and so on. Yet rather than doing anything with them the book slowly retreats from them or outright runs away.
2. The plot 'twists' or big reveals are far from unexpected or surprising. I don't know if this is because they are a bit cliché or because there are so many hints and nudges about what is going on.
3. because there are no real surprise twists and because the main is so powerful there isn't really any suspense and so the last bit of the book is kind of boring.
4. while it is hinted at what the adult super heroes are doing, they're actions are never stated or even brought to light.
5. Sadly there is a lot of exposition, and I mean a lot even when it wasn't necessary. It doesn't get too much in the way but the book could have been much better without it.
Finally the narration. Honestly I can't remember it too well it must have been neither bad or spectacular.
In the end I would recommend buying this book. It's not a masterful work of literature but it is fun. If you want a YA that isn't drowning in angst, or just a fun listen this is a good book to pick up and I'll continue the series.
Second book of a well scoped hero series. Worth the credit!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
"Fun follow-up to a young superhero story"
I really enjoyed the first book, and had much the same reaction to this second one. It's got a good heart and sense of humor, and the fights keep your interest well. The negatives for me were that Kid Sensation has probably too many abilities, and thus to keep him from being overpowered, the author is forced to make him a bit slow. Every situation he is in, you'll be thinking to yourself "just phase/superspeed/fly/teleport..." etc., etc. Honestly, with his abilities there really should only be a single threat to him in this book. It's the same problem authors have had with Superman I guess. My other issue is the evil government agency that is a trope in superhuman novels. It's a bit over-done here, and then solved with some deus ex machina.
Anyway, ignoring the above gripes, it's a fun novel that had me smiling and laughing pretty often, and that's always going to win me over. If you enjoyed the first, you'll enjoy the second, and you'll be left wanting the third. Being left wanting more without the forceful push of cliffhangers is the hallmark of a good series!
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"Superhero adventure packed with action!"
Action Packed Fun!
Some similarities with Super Powered as the story showcases a young superhero attending a school for other superheroes. Also kind of reminds me of Daniel X and I am Four, with the teenage protagonist being an alien.
I liked the scene with Kid Sensation and Alpha Prime at the end where he gives a chance to getting to know is father.
I liked the moments where the book explored the relationship between Jim, his mother, grandfather, and father. The book had a lot of action, so there was no slow part, but I wish they put some more depth to the characters and settings.
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"A fresh sequel - no rehash of the first book"
Mutation is a sequel to the enjoyable "Sensation" and continues the journey of teen hero Kid Sensation as he navigates enters the world of heroes, dealing with training, family issues and general coming-of-age teenage problems. This time around Kid Sensation is off the The Academy, an secret site where new and upcoming heroes are trained in the first arts of being a hero. Think Hogwarts for Heroes with a little of Xavier's School for the Gifted. And of course, when you gather a whole tonne of powered people together there is always going to be problems.
Without saying too much on the story (it's an enjoyable training school story, that while not super original is well told and engaging) I will say the book generally shies away from the "good guy goes bad" thing of the previous story, thus making it different enough.
The book has two main issues with it. The first is one that carries over from the first book and may always be an issue for the subsequent books - the power set of the hero is over the top, making him hard to beat. But someone has to be the most powerful new super, so why not have the story follow them. Thankfully author, Kevin Hardman, does find interesting an unique ways to offset this. with any luck he continues to do so.
The second issue (and I don't consider this a spoiler as I think it occurs in the second chapter) is the introduction of a super secret, slightly nefarious government agent coming along and going "I own you and you do what I say or life becomes difficult for you". It's a cliche.
Thankfully neither of these issues really take away form what is a quick paced, well thought out story. The power sets, the story twists, the personalities of the character - all the fleshed out and well put together. Each character feels like their own personality, not just an extension of the same 'voice' of the author.
Narration by Mikael Naramore is good, as it was with the first book. Well paced and engaging. Individualises characters, imparts emotions, etc. Definitely a narrator that i wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work.
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"I wish my high school woulda blown up"
Pretty good 2nd book in the series. The story seemed a little short, which kept the character development limited, also felt the fight scenes were the main story. Narrator does a really good job with all the different voices. I did enjoy the main character and the overall story line, just wish there could have been more.
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I actually really liked that we got to know more super powered kids that aren't all acting as bad guys. That was a great change of pace from what I thought to expect based on the first book.
He has an awesome similarity to Malcolm McDowell's voice, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000532/. But he does go a bit gruff on Mouse's voice.
My that is a very spoilery question!
2nd book was as enjoyable as the first and longer, thank goodness! I didn't feel the need to over explore his relationships formed in the first book, and we didn't yay! There was some repetition in the language of the book but it might have been on purpose. A couple of times I felt like maybe things were either accidentally skipped in description in the first book or there were some slight changes. I can absolutely accept that Jim is a kid, he's going to forget stuff or not be fully confident in himself/not believe others will believe him even if it isn't stated in the book.
"Not leaving a good thing alone"
I don't think it could have been made 4 or 5. The plot, protagonist and just about everything needed work.
Jim is a spoiled brat in this one. And stupid. In the last book he seemed intelligent and a little rambunctious but no more than an average 16 year old. This one he flies into a rage because he can. I don't like this jim at all.
he had a soothing voice.
It ended. I know that sounds bad but it was short and that is all that got me through it. Other than that I can't think of anything that made this anything I'd recommend to others.
I really enjoyed book one. It held together and most of the reactions made sense. Jim was smart/clever a bit naive but still a strong young man. This one he became a clueless little brat who didn't deserve the good that came to him, at all.
"the story is fine but lots annoying little bits"
kid is too powerful, twists are obvious, kid is stupid and acts like the simplest revelation are earth shattering. The worst for this book is THAT'S NOT HOW STARS WORK. So much misinformation about stars and there life cycle.
"fun story, light novel"
lots of good teen moments, but the main character is almost a little too smart
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