Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Rise of Renegade Xcellent

Are your parents supervillians or superheroes? If you are anything like me or Damien Locke then your parents might be both. Sixteen year old Damien Locke wants to be a badass from top to bottom and has set out to follow in the footsteps of his supervillian mom, the Mistress of Mayhem. Thing is, there might be a small problem standing in the way of everything he has planned. He seems to give a rats@$$ about other people. Damien moves in with his dad, a superhero, and plots to prove he is the supervillian he always dreamt to be. And they live happily ever after. The End…. Yeeaaah, don’t think so. Let’s just say, things don’t go according to plan.

Come on, admit it, doesn’t The Rise of Renegade X, sound a bit ummmm corny? I had a funny feeling that was the expected result but you just never know. I knew that if I was right, then this book had to be good. I guess I was right because the book was great. Superheroes and supervillains are the package for an intelligent way of talking about families. We all have families and most days we just live with them and other days we would rather not. Well, like many teens, Damien Locke has two families and eeeuuuhhh they don’t get along. Actually he has his mom, who he lives with, and his dad and family, who he just met. Anyway, this book is about Damien trying to work this out and trying to figure out who he is while dealing with a thumbprint issue (read the book). This book has a very Neal Shusterman The Schwa Was Here or Antsy Does Time feel to it. Damien is the kind of friend that you blindside and knock on the ground because he tripped you in front of the girls and then you laugh and run around calling eachother names. Fun to read. The Rise of Renegade X  is a definite read if you like snarky teens that manage it with a smile, add in a helping of superpowers and gadgets and it’s yummy.   This is just the beginning for author Chelsea Campbell. That’s good for us.

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