Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.
To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's "flying lessons" that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city--despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights--thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keeping his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.
©2010 Chelsea M. Campbell (P)2013 Chelsea M. Campbell
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"Great story but okay listening."
I really enjoyed the story and when Phillip Newman voiced the male characters it was a great experience. But when he voiced the older female characters it was like listening to MTV's Jersey Shore girls in there 60s. Eventually I got used to the shrill voice but I definitely didn't enjoy it.
"can't get enough"
My memorable moment was when Damian father pushed him off the roof To teach him how to fly.
I liked when he did the girls performance and the dad
I listen to this book over and over again. I Can't wait untill book 2 comes out .
"A tad over the top but loads of fun."
I've only listened to the audiobook so I wouldn't know.
Hmmm... Genre wise Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart comes close but that book is much more serious and this is quite light hearted in comparison.
I liked the book, but don't like to give spoilers.
It moved pretty quickly along, yes.
I really, really enjoyed the book! I think the best single word that describes this story is fun. It's a little campy and some parts are quite silly [Mainly the idea that there is a virus that makes a V for villain or H for hero show up on peoples thumbs.], but it really had a nice blend of snarky humor, teen angst, and costumed superhero stuff.
I also really enjoyed the narration on this one. I thought the guys voice fit the main character; although it probably would have driven me crazy if this had been a more serious type of story. He really goes all out on the main character's mother's voice; I laughed when I first heard it.
I really liked all the characters in the story for once. It's been awhile since I came away from a book that didn't have at least one character I wanted to slap up the side of the head of the author. It's really nice when you're interested in all the characters and what motivates each of them. So, I'm looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.
"An entertaining young adult take on the super hero genre."
The only major flaw is the voice actor's characterizations of the adults, especially the protagonist's mother who is almost painfully shrill.
"Fantastic YA that any adult would love too"
Audible, book 2 in the series has been out for awhile now. ... Desperately waiting for the audio version!
"Good young teen book"
Cute premise and ok book. Mind candy. Premise was a bit of a reach in some ways but of course it's an alternative to our world so expected, right? It isn't the next great American novel but still fun read. I won't look for the next one as it was a bit too much young teen angst for my liking but I would recommend it for a joint family listen.
loved it! awesome narration, bought 2nd bk after the 1st few chapters in this 1st one 😆
"Great story if you can get past his mom"
My experience with this book was a bit strange. I read a few reviews and even saw one review saying that when the narrator dose his version of the main characters mother it was like listening to a teenage boy impersonate a transvestite cowboy. There's no way it could be that bad, I said to myself assured that the person was blowing things out of proportion. Then around 10 minutes in I heard it and saw my mistake, he had been kind and probably understated things. It is without a doubt the absolute worst voice impression I have ever heard in any book. So I turned it off and listened to something else. Didn't come back till I ran out of books and was extremely bored, frites my teeth and winced through it. Thankfully the mother is not a constant character so you only have to deal with her in chunks at a time, otherwise I might not have made it through the book. That said the story itself is really good and I enjoyed all of the other characters. By the end even the mothers grating voice was simply annoying having grown on me, like a benign tumor, as the book went by.
If you can get past the mothers voice the book is a fun and entertaining ride, if not steer clear because he's that portion of the story is unbelievably terrible, surprisingly so when all the other voices are just fine.
"Refreshing take on the Super genre!"
Loved this, and immediately starting on Vol.2. Not going to mention anything about content, other than it was unique, interesting, and the characters were well-rounded. None of the relationships, at all, end up feeling two-dimensional. which was an extremely pleasant surprise, and something I'm unused to in the genre!
The narration was difficult to get used to, especially with the older female characters (especially the mom!! lol), but I found it to be enjoyable overall. And, strangely enough, even the afterward is worth mention... It's the most unique I've ever heard!
All in all, a very enjoyable listen. Thanks, both author and narrator! :)
"Waaaay better than I was X-pecting."
Hidden amongst the slew of terrible supervillain books is this Gem of a read. I was expecting very little after reading so many terrible and cliche hero books, but this was a very pleasant suprise. there was plenty of action, but Chelsea didn't forget to make the characters likeable, and in most cases... LOVEABLE. Thank you for writing this book. it has Givin me more drive to attempt my own superhero book, which I hope will be 10% as good as this. can't wait to read the rest of the series. thank you!
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