on Dec. 2, 2012 :
Easily worth the read.
This is easily material well suited for a trilogy, starting with a mind-control end of the world and ending in a bang. Looking at the world through the villian's eyes is always an experience, and seeing how heroes look from their angle is even more so.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 7, 2012 :
It's books like this that made me get back into writing.
A day later and my mind is still running through the story. I'm still riding the emotional high off this book and can't stop talking and thinking about it. Bernheimer has created something amazing here with this book.
The characters are believeable, frustratingly so in some cases. Each character behaves as you expect them too and no one ever goes outside their character. They all evolve over the story, and their interactions drive the story as much, if not more, than the action itself. Most of what I will remember from this book, and the reason I will read it again, are the character interactions. They are gripping, engaging, and everything you'd expect from a good book.
Then there's the action, which is fast paced with just the right amount of description. The only time that I found it lacking was in the final battle where it felt like it got glazed over. But at that point, the final battle wasn't the point of the story I found, but rather the character interactions and thought patterns instead, so the story didn't lag from it. The action is also spread out over the novel well and keeps the pace of the story up.
But the thing I want to talk about that gripped me the most about this story is Cal. If you were ever an outsider in school, ever a nerd, ever felt that you didnt' have a chance in the world due to 'the popular kids', you'll relate to Cal. There were parts of this book that had me pacing my living room talking to my girlfriend about the storyline as I found it touching parts of my childhood that I hadn't thought about in years. The frustration, waiting for the other shoe to drop when I had thought it was all going to go great, and losing something I had wished I had had more than anything. There is a little of Cal's story in all of us, not to mention a fundimental storyline that anyone can relate to. He doesn't have super powers, he just has talent and skill. And yet, he still makes it work. Bernheimer hits on many things that a lot of fans of Superheros have likely delt with in their past, and it helps to engage the reader and the story is better because of it.
Again, it's books like this that brought me back into writing again.
I honestly can't recommend this book enough. I think every one of my friends has heard me recommend it to them, superhero fans or not. There is something in this for everyone, and it truely is a wonderful story and one I will definatly be reading again and again.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)