Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Review: The Feros

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

After defeating their villain mentors, the Vindico, James, Hayden, Sam, Emily and Lana are finally ready to join the League of Heroes. But as their induction into the League draws near, they are framed by a group of rogue Heroes and given life sentences on the Perch.  Thunderbolt, the League’s leader, is the only one who can clear their names, but he is missing. To make matters worse, the Vindico are mysteriously let out of prison and a group of strange Shadow people start trailing the teens’ every move. Unsure of who to trust or where to go, the teens put their new skills to the test once more as they fight to save themselves—and their families—from an unknown foe. But how will they defeat an enemy they can not see?  Quoted from Goodreads


Straight up, excellent adventure.  There's not much more to say, really.  When I heard there was a sequel to The Vindico, I wasn't quite sure where it would go.  Would it be a straight forward super-hero book, or would the villains come back.  Would something happen to set some of the kids back on the path to super-villainy or would they stay strong.  There are so many directions this book could have gone, but I really like what Wesley King did with it.  It's an absolute must read if you enjoyed The Vindico, and even if you didn't, I think this book might even be better.

What I loved: First, our excellent five main characters.  I'll admit Hayden is my favorite. He's hilarious, quick-witted, and absolutely cracks me up, but it wouldn't work if he didn't have James to tease and Lana to roll her eyes at him.  Sam is as adorable as ever, and I love Emily's insecurities.  It sounds weird  but after the first book the rest of the kids are so confident in what they do, she really rounded out the story.  It also showed another side to her we didn't get as much in the firs book.

I also adored the whole idea that the heroes made their own nemeses.  The Vindico aren't after power or world domination like so many evil characters you read.  Instead they want justice for what the League of Heroes did to them.  They want revenge.  I know that's addressed in the first book, but it's further explored here, and I'm glad the author carried the idea over.  

Plus, this book starts with a bang and never lets up.  Seriously, these poor kids are constantly trying to snatch a few hours of sleep in-between attacks, car chases, prison breaks, etc.  The tension never stops.  Each kid has to deal with his or her former mentor, plus a delightful new villain, multiplying the layers of conflict. If you're looking for a fun, fast, action-filled read, look no further.

To sum up, this book is a blast.  It's a heroic  3.5 stars for me.  It's a straightforward adventure with fun characters and excellent villains. If you haven't read The Vindico check it out, and then you need to pick this up. 

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