Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

Golden City has a rather high concentration of people with super powers. On their sixteenth birthday, super teens get marked with an H (hero) or a V (villain) on their thumbs. Villain Damien Locke can't wait for his V to appear, but what he gets instead is an X. As in half hero, half villain. It doesn't take him long to figure out who his real father is, and he's not too thrilled about it. But his father negotiates six weeks with him, to convince Damien of his potential for being a hero instead of a villain. Days (and many hero/villain lifestyle clashes) later, a situation arises that will ultimately test which side Damien prefers to be on.

This is a super awesome book. I am a long time fan of hero comics, so this book was high on my reading list. And it felt a bit like the X-Men with an element of Dawson's Creek, so bonus for me. I loved the two women interests of Kat and Kink (was SO cool!) and would read a spin-off with either of them as the star. Damien's dialog is at times very funny, and the whole book has a writing style that could easily be adapted for film or comic book. Seeing Damien and his step-family clash was realistic - all kids with divorced parents will be able to identify. Add super human elements and it turns into fun. Campbell has written a totally cute, edge-of-your-seat action book. Can't wait to see what she does next!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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