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WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO Hope did, but she grew out of it Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, than a little ironic And now she has some decisions to make Given the code name Astra and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago s premier super team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero Or will she get a handle on her new powers super strength has some serious drawbacks and then get on with her life plan In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong But the price can be high especially if you re outed and lose the shield of your secret identity Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world Or at least a significant part of it Wearing the Cape is apage superhero novel for anyone who ever loved comic book heroes, and wonders how they might behave in the real world Oh my goodness What just happened This book was great though it had a few things that weren t so great or appropriate.Ever since the Event, random people have had superhuman breakthroughs and have incredible powers Nine years after the Event, Hope, an eighteen year girl living in Chicago, is about to start he freshman year of college Her life is pretty great, but then she has her breakthrough Her whole life is changed upside down She joins the Sentinels Chicago s own superhero team to Oh my goodness What just happened This book was great though it had a few things that weren t so great or appropriate.Ever since the Event, random people have had superhuman breakthroughs and have incredible powers Nine years after the Event, Hope, an eighteen year girl living in Chicago, is about to start he freshman year of college Her life is pretty great, but then she has her breakthrough Her whole life is changed upside down She joins the Sentinels Chicago s own superhero team to learn to control her powers and is code named Astra But after that, what will she do with her life Will she take on the mask and cape and make a career as a superhero Or will she go back to her plan for her life Another thing is that the Teatime Anarchist, a major supervillain, has an interest in her He thinks she is supposed to save the world, or, most of it At other times, he seems to want to kill her as soon as he has an opportunity It book had a very different feel to it from others that I ve read It was written very frankly I really do think that this book was awesome Superheroes in a modern world What could go wrong There was action It had that good versus evil style that is so classic I loved it The violence felt bitter and rough and real It was so real.I didn t care for how the romance was done Don t get me wrong, I love a little romance here and there But the romance between Hope and this guy got a bit, shall we say, out of control It never got drastically horrible, but it was a bit uncomfortable for me Also, there was a lot of times that bad and inappropriate romance was mentioned about certain superheroes, but it was never really explained or described.Then that ending Woah It totally caught me off guard I wanted to cry How could you do that to her To me The rest of the books won t feel the same now That was so terrible I m sure that many of you that read this will sob your eyes out Needless to say, I want the next book now I d recommend this to older teens and adults who love superheroes, dystopian it wasn t that futuristic, but at times it felt that way , and or fiction It was good.You can check out this review on my blog too, at Thanks Oooo ALMOST great I love the way this author tells a story A Watchmen esque vision of what life would be like if there were superheroes on Earth One of my favorite things about this book was the inclusion of certain details about the main character s life which are included where relevant, but not belabored She s Catholic, for example, and a cancer survivor The author works it in almost incidentally It was the author s treatment of Islam which rubbed me the wrong way and cost her two whol Oooo ALMOST great I love the way this author tells a story A Watchmen esque vision of what life would be like if there were superheroes on Earth One of my favorite things about this book was the inclusion of certain details about the main character s life which are included where relevant, but not belabored She s Catholic, for example, and a cancer survivor The author works it in almost incidentally It was the author s treatment of Islam which rubbed me the wrong way and cost her two whole stars SPOILER ALERT If Muslims become superheroes, they will be terrorists.Ewwww I can t tell the difference between a Palestinian and a Persian, let alone a Syrian and an Egyptian, but I know jihadists when I see them I don t belong to the camp of the politically correct who believe that we should never ever use stereotypes like Muslim terrorists in art It s just better to be responsible and kind to readers Throw in a good Muslim character Avoid being a complete jerk by not having your narrator central character say things like the quote above So, it was worth a read for me, but I would never publish this book or recommend it Too bad As a rule, these days I avoid books with teenage protagonists like the plague Harry Potter is a big exception here Why Because for some strange reason, most recent teenage characters and not a few adult ones, sadly are so stereotypically teenage that they are horrifying, over the top parodies of a teenager I m looking at you, Bella Swan I didn t know, when I impulse bought the self published Wearing the Cape ebook this was right after I got my shiny new Kindle that the protagonist As a rule, these days I avoid books with teenage protagonists like the plague Harry Potter is a big exception here Why Because for some strange reason, most recent teenage characters and not a few adult ones, sadly are so stereotypically teenage that they are horrifying, over the top parodies of a teenager I m looking at you, Bella Swan I didn t know, when I impulse bought the self published Wearing the Cape ebook this was right after I got my shiny new Kindle that the protagonist was eighteen years old Fortunately, this turned out for once to not be a Bad Thing at all Hope Carrigan is eighteen legally an adult, but in the eyes of everyone else including herself , still littlethan a child She s the daughter of extremely well to do parents so well to do that she actually had a society debut at the age of 16 , and has four elder brothers Sounds like the lineup for half a dozen or so teen soap operas on tv, right Wrong.Setting aside the superhero elements I ll get to those in a minute , Hope is the kind of teenager I like I ve met teenagers like her though, mind you, without the high society elements an intelligent, moral, thoughtful human being who, yes, has her occasional bouts of self pity or whining very little, thank Heaven , but who actually tries to live up to the things her parents taught her And who, miracle of miracles, not only HAS parents an incredible rarity in the world of teenaged heros but also has a good relationship with them Her major fight with her parents in the book is the result of conflict between their desire to keep their daughter safe and her determination to live up to the principles and morals they taught her.Is there angst Well, of course there is It wouldn t be a very interesting book without it But does the angst drive the plot, Twilight style Heavens, no In fact, most of the angst has to do with a very young woman coming face to face with very real horrors The real joy I found in Hope s characterization and, incidentally the joy the romantic lead also found in her was the fact that she waited until the bad guys were locked up, the innocent were safe or at awaiting burial , and there was no longer an immediate threat before she broke down She s a tough cookie, because unlike far too many of her literary counterparts she relies on her brain and her upbringing rather than merely on gut emotion, and in doing so she becomes strong Funnily enough, Hope s superpowers awakened when a villain with the delightful moniker of The Teatime Anarchist drops an overpass on top of her car really play second fiddle to her overall characterization They re not uncool powers, but they re bog standard in terms of superpower tropes super strength, enhanced senses, invulnerability, and just so she has one thing to really truly enjoy the ability to fly Granted, they ve put her in the top notches of Super strength type people in the world leading to one poor, persistent supersoldier to try repeatedly to recruit her into the Army , but compared to some of the others only mildly intriguing Other superheroes have farentertaining powers, however, such as her teammates The Harlequin who isor less made out of living rubber and Chakra who apparently draws her psychic abilities from tantric sex Which the eighteen year old Hope is really, really uninterested in hearing details about She even meets much to my personal delight a Mormon superhero.The true interest lies in Hope s introduction to the world of capes The author has plenty of nods to genre tropes, but also plays with them, twists them, and turns them on their head For instance, most of the professional superheroes are not ashamed to use their supercelebrity status to make money though that money mostly goes to pay for their bases, medical care, and replacement costumes and there arethan a few who enjoy the groupies and superfans who trail after them But most are also aware and Hope renamed Astra has this pointed out to her that they re really there as really flashy emergency response units, and are not equipped to deal with normals when it comes to law enforcement I particularly enjoyed a scene where Atlas, Hope Astra s trainer and the first official cape, explains to her why they wear the ridiculous costumes because in the first scary days after the Event when superpowers manifested amidst a worldwide crisis , people were, understandably, terrified of these new made superhumans who could do all sorts of impossible things Atlas put on a mask and a cape and a costume not because he was trying to protect his identity everyone knew who he was but because when people saw a flying, superstrong man wearing a cape and a mask they immediately thought superhero, and it meant that Atlas and others like him could help their fellow human beings without frightening them too much comic books and pop culture had already eased the way for them.Overall, Wearing the Cape is a fast and entertaining romp with a wonderful balance of character development, world building, and some very excellently done action scenes It s laugh out loud funny in some parts, but it will also break your heart in others I plan to go buy the next two installments of the series as soon as I m done writing this review, and I look forward tofrom this author Set in Chicago superheroes exist to help and harm They make up state militias and special police tactical units The military has their own squads Each major city has their own team to handle major crises Chicago is the hub of the superhero world A giddy 18 year old girl, driving into the city, falls victim to a political assassination Trapped in her crushed car, she transforms..That is where I will leave you I got this free from kindle yesterday I could not stop reading it I felt i Set in Chicago superheroes exist to help and harm They make up state militias and special police tactical units The military has their own squads Each major city has their own team to handle major crises Chicago is the hub of the superhero world A giddy 18 year old girl, driving into the city, falls victim to a political assassination Trapped in her crushed car, she transforms..That is where I will leave you I got this free from kindle yesterday I could not stop reading it I felt it was a a mash up of several TV shows comic series It did well The pace of the storyline was nice, and the characters were ones you could relate to with ease I know Chicago, and most the locations streets were correct I like that fact checking, in such a book Try it, you will like it