The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell (review by Monica K. ’14)

The Rise of Renegade X (Renegade X, #1)The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would just like to say: The Rise of Renegade X is a seriously cool read, whether you’re a hardcore comic book fanatic, a lover of The Avengers/Thor/the next major superhero movie, or none of the above. Set in Metroville, the city with the highest concentration of superheroes and villains in the US, the novel introduces a world where every young hero and villain gains their power, their acceptance in respective training academies, and a H or V on their left thumb on their sixteenth birthday. Damien Locke is just one of the many villain hopefuls waiting for his sixteenth birthday. However, he is in for a nasty surprise when an X instead of a V materializes on his thumb. The novel follows his crazy adventures as he finds love, the true identify of his father, and his own true self as well. Even with its refreshing, hilarious take on superhero mythology, the element of the novel that really carries the story is Damien’s warped, obnoxious, highly entertaining personality. Highly recommended to fans of the superhero genre and those in the mood for a fast-paced, engaging read. – Monica K. ‘14

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