Musings on Hero

June 6, 2013 § 1 Comment

“The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’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 dad. But 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 to 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.”

This was a novel that I wanted to like so bad. It had such a great concept: superheroes whilst tackling the theme of homophobia!?! But alas, it was executed in the worst way possible. I literally have nothing good to say about this book. I’m kind of annoyed that I made myself sit through all of it, in the hopes that it would get better. It never did.

I won’t go into too much length but let’s just say that #1 atrocious thing about this was the writing. To put it quite simply, Moore just cannot write. It’s often over the top and clichéd. Not to mention totally inconsistent.

With that comes characterization, which also falls into patterns of inconsistency. There is almost no character growth. The protagonist is rather annoying. His superpower and how it works is never properly explained. Actually none of the superpowers are. They seem to keep changing in how they work. Not to mention that how the author deals with homosexuality just made me really uncomfortable. It was just really badly done. Thom’s dealings with homophobia frequently led him to be an incredibly misogynistic ass, but this had little to no impact on his characterization, plot, etc. It was just completely unnecessary.

There were also a lot of things that just weren’t explained. Like Thom’s mom’s disappearance and sudden re-appearance. Her whole story line just made absolutely no sense. She was an awful character, not fleshed out in the slightest. Basically just a plot device but one that actually didn’t make sense to the plot. The main villain’s motivations were also really lackluster. Also, we never find out who killed those other league members? Considering that was a pretty major plot point for more than half of the book… that was another thing, the plot just drastically changed from being about the murder of the league members to Justice turning evil?

Just don’t read this book. Avoid it at all costs. Read a manual on refrigerators instead. It’ll probably be better written and more consistent.

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