Wearing the Cape

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, more 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.

Super hero stories are better known for being told through a comic book medium, so I’m always happy to run into a long form novel that attempts to tell a story, and boy howdy am I happy that I found my way to the “Wearing The Cape” series. It’s always a fantastic feeling when you love a book, then find out there 10 more in the series, and to top it all off, they’re all on Kindle Unlimited.

The universe that Marion Harmon has created feels fully fleshed out from the first novel, with novel interpretations of classic super powers and a singularly unique take on a classic science fiction trope that I’ve never run into before. I’ve seen literally hundreds of hours of content involving that concept and this is the first time I’ve ever seen this particular version of it, which blew my mind. While reading this first book I was constantly reminded of Max Brooks’ “World War Z”, less for the content and more for the writing style and considerable back stories that happen throughout, with some in depth thoughts on tried and true superhero situations that I’ve started to take for granted.

I can’t recommend this enough if you’re a superhero fan.

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