Hero by Perry Moore
Gets the message across. Still hate the headless person thing.
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his dad, Hal’s, pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League–the very organization of superheroes that spurned his father. The most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.
But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world for Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide, but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.
To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagine. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.
Note: In addition, my copy had blurbs from such awesome icons as Lloyd Alexander, Maurice Sendak, and Stan Lee. Though I liked the summary, the blurbs definitely moved it up my TBR list.
Nope! It’s a standalone!
Yes, indeed! Hero juggles quite a few issues very well, and still manages to be a fun, quick read.
Superhero Team! Thom and his team are the misfits in the League’s eyes, but they work well together, and they are awesome.
Secrets! They’re kind of implied with a superhero story, but oh, man, are there SECRETS in this story. So many of them.
Good Parenting! Hal and Thom have their issues, but Hal is a great dad, and reminded me of my favorite fictional single dad, Keith Mars.
Gay Protagonist! Not a sidekick!
I really liked Hero a lot, and it’s continuing to grow on me as I think about it. There are so many issues and normal teenage struggles that are touched on in the book, and dealt with very sensitively, but it’s not an Issue Book. (The closest it comes is with Thom’s gay identity, but even there, it’s not preachy.) Loved the grittiness of the city, juxtaposed with the fun and sometimes silliness of Thom’s superhero training. Basically, if you like superheroes at all, you will like this book.