Monday, February 2, 2015

Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

Recently I was contacted by a Disney Hyperion publicist to try out a new book. "Sure," I thought. "Sounds like fun. Super heroes? I'm all about Marvel movies ... though I have to admit I haven't read many of the comics." YET. 

Twelve magical superpowers.
One sinister conspiracy.
One unlikely hero.

Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure! When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.
The team behind the story ... Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong

Now. Things I loved and things I'd like to see them improve upon ...
  • Great artwork. I love the choice to use three colors. Culturally significant and gives it a streamlined, bold look.
  • The variety of characters could be a plus. Not everyone got as much page development time but that leaves things nice and open for new stories. Each character is so different!
  • Who doesn't think a few super powers would be fun?
  • Not to give anything away but great twist at the end. Didn't see it coming and it definitely has me curious for the next installment.
  • A couple typos that really ... editing should catch that. I know, it sounds nit-picky. We're all human and we make mistakes. I just have high expectations.
  • It's longer than it needed to be. Like ... by about a hundred pages. Tighten up sentence structure and cut some unnecessary stuff and more kids would actually finish it. 

The story is a blast, despite the writing still needing a bit of work. Not everything needs to be a literary masterpiece. So definitely still a contender for middle school (the main character is in 8th grade) ... and for advanced fifth graders whose families don't mind superhero fighting. Just don't see most of my elementary kiddos actually pushing through the whole thing. They'd pick it up because it was big but never finish it.

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  1. Year of the Rat! Looks like a fun book. Can't wait to read it.

  2. I think I'm the Year of the Dragon. Sinjin would probably love this book.

  3. I've always been partial to Beast from the X-men. Nerds unite! P.S. Something hinky happened between signing in for Rafflecopter and your blog comments--so these comments go with the snookphelia email address. P.P.S. Thanks for yoyr blog. I really enjoy it!

  4. We are doing the Who Do You Love? survey each week in February and have the Marvel Super Heroes vs. Star Wars. Our students love Star Wars but we really don't have a lot of books on Marvel heroes so I am looking forward to reading this book. Also a lot of our students are from China. I am a Tiger!

  5. I was born in the year of the snake!

  6. My favorite Marvel superhero is Thor.