Hello my favorite little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing good. I am keeping up with this post streak so far and I really don’t want it to stop so *fingers crossed*. From a week today I will be leaving for YallWest. I have a late start today so I will be doing a bunch of homework and I am going to make sure to get some sleep too.
Anyways, why don’t we get ahead to the post???
Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing
Publication date: 15 March 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.
But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?
- First of all I would like to post triggers warning for the following:
- Systemic Racism
- As I was reading the book I didn’t really get a good grasp on the first two to three chapters as it was all over the place with the characters point of view and it went straight into the plot with not that much background knowledge.
- However, after I got through the third chapter everything started to make sense as all the information for the book was starting to be heavily provided allowing for the rest of the book to make sense.
- THE CHARACTERS ARE JUST WOW.
- I loved all of them. Like oh my they were all just written perfectly to make them feel like I could shake their hand as I said hello.
- My favorite characters were Issac and Opal.
- I just felt like they were both really similar in a couple areas and that they were more fleshed out in my eyes for the readers to allow for them to feel closer to the character.
- THEY ALSO WERE COMPLETE GOALS TOO.
- However, this doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the other character just as much but I definitely favored these characters more.
- ALSO DID I MENTION THAT OPAL IS AFRICAN AMERICA (I believe) AND SHE IS AN AMAZING SUPERHERO WITH A GREAT CHARACTER ARC AND LIKE DID I FOGET TO METION A AMAZNG FEMALE SUPERHERO TOO.
- The setting was extremely vivid but at moment it didn’t make sense for where they were and some of the descriptions in the beginning.
- The pacing of this book was great but I felt that it could’ve been slowed down a little.
- The writing of the book was wonderful and really made everything come to life in my mind.
- All-in-All I really enjoyed this book and would for sure recommend everyone to read it as soon as possible.
After about a decade of drawing comics independently or with small presses, Lee started writing prose out of a combination of peer pressure and spite, then continued out of attachment to their favorite made-up people. They live in Minnesota even though it is clearly not a habitat humans were ever meant to endure, with their lovely wife/editor, the world’s most perfect baby, and books in every room of the house.
If you like categories, they’re an ENFJ Slytherin Leo. If you’re looking for demographics they’re an agender bisexual with a couple of disabilities. If you’re into lists of likes: Lee loves comics, classical art, round animals, tattoos, opera, ogling the shiner sciences, and queer stuff.
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