V Is For Villain

Original author: Peter Moore
V is for Villain SYNOPSIS:
Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.

But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.

For anyone who has ever had that brighter, better, more glamorous sibling, Brad’s feelings of inferiority to his shining older brother are sure to hit close to home. Blake meddling with Brad and his friends is sure to make him a personal enemy of his younger brother.

The idea that there are superpowers in a world should be fun enough… but what a twist that some powers are illegal! As if someone could stop themselves from having one power over the other? It should make for a tense and interesting world and socio-political atmosphere. With the rise in awareness of bullying in our own world, too, this book is likely to be a talking point for how prejudice and neglect can lead a kid down a “bad path”—one where at least he has friends who like him for who he is.

The cover is absolutely striking—all lightning bolt jokes aside! Not quite as villainous as if the sky were red, there is a sense that Brad can’t be all bad. But he sure is ready for a fight!

Early reviews are practically glowing for Peter Moore’s latest book! With such a fascinating premise, let’s hope for a series!

Well-crafted characters, moral nuance, and a tale with nice, believable twists make this a great addition to the teen-superhero genre. This is superhero fiction done right.  (Kirkus Review)

[A] superpowered coming-of-age story, complete with a bad-girl love interest and dramatic scenery-destroying battles, it’s also a subtle criticism of institutionalized privilege … . Come for the fights and tights, stay for the fascinating evolution of a sympathetic villain. (Publishers Weekly)

YA Science Fiction
Hardcover & ebook, 336 pages
Published on May 20th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion (ISBN 1423157494)