Friday, June 12, 2009
Dull Boy By Sarah Cross
by Sarah Cross
Genre: Friendship, Superhero
Hardback: 308 pages
Inspiration: Superhero mode, first heard about this book on The Story Siren's IMM (26) , also part of Debut Author Challenge
Description from the book:
Superpowers are awesome -- unless you actually have them, as Avery does. There's only so much he can pass off as "adrenaline" before people start to get suspicious. Probably it's best to lie low so guys in white lab coats don't come to carry him away, to find out what makes him tick. Who wants to be vivisected? But flying under the radar becomes a whole lot harder when you can actually fly. It's dangerous to be different, so for now he'll pretend to be normal, unremarkable Avery -- a dull boy -- anything to keep his secret safe.
What he doesn't expect is the horrifying truth about where his powers came from, who else might have them, and the madness of one villain's plan to turn this superpowered dull boy into something even more powerful and amazing.
In-a-word(s): Donkey Kong
So, the question is... what do you do when you find out you have superpowers?
First off, did the Dull Boy/ Twilight picture grab your attention? I got a chuckle from it. I found it on Sarah's site and thought it would be a fun one to post for the book pic. Also, definitely check out her site for more of her goodies.
This book was soooo entertaining in giving us the perspectives of a group of teens struggling with their special abilities. It is a coming-of-age story with a twist. The twist being that the teens are turning into superheroes.
The story is sprinkled with popular and current lingo with a comic book feel to it. References about X-men has got me curious to check them out.
As with all superhero stories, the theme of good and evil is dealt with. What I like about this story is that things are not black and white. The superteens struggle in the grey areas and come out better people in the end.
Fun stuff on Sarah Cross site:
Character profile pages for the superteens:
More Superhero action: