Wearing the Cape A Superhero Novel 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

  • Title: Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Novel
  • Author: Marion G. Harmon
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  • Page: 234
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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 theWho 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 BOOKS Wearing the Cape Bite Me Big Easy Nights an Artemis adventure Villains Inc Omega Night a WtC short story Young Sentinels, available mid 2013.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Writing is solid, if a little clinical, but the symbolism and message are a touch heavy handed. Not so shoved down your throat that I had to give up, but a little heavier than I prefer.More than anything else, the romance in this novel bugged me and was what broke my enjoyment of the book. An unrealistic teen fantasy, it was too perfect and utterly boring. Also slightly creepy, a 27 year old and an 18 year old. Not to say that age gap can't work, but not at eighteen when the main character clear [...]

    5. I had high hopes for this book. The premise of a young girl whose path takes a drastic detour right at a critical point in her life was something that I could identify with. And Mr Harmon's prose is both entertaining and relatable. However, the moment it became all about the romantic subplot that I couldn't stand. Having spent the first 150 pages or so identifying strongly with the young protagonist, I was completely thrown when she and Atlas were suddenly engaged! I followed their flirtation we [...]

    6. I've been on a Super-hero novel kick lately (Not graphic novel -- real book with words and paragraphs and everything!) and found this via amazon's "Readers who bought this also bought" recommendation I believe. So, I bought it and wasn't disappointed.I'm not sure who the target audience is on this. Fortunately for me I was in the mood for flying capes busting up baddies and chucking cars and saving the day so that scooted me into the target audience camp regardless of what demographic it was aim [...]

    7. I am pleasantly surprised at the depth to this series. I was expecting a light and fluffy story and got an excellent story with great world building. I've zipped thru the others and now am on the 4th in the series. Well worth the read. ps the h is a 19yr old but there are very few YA moments.The newest in the series is out and I wanted to reread the rest of the series again.

    8. 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) [...]

    9. The evil Teatime Anarchist has just brought destruction to the city again. Hope Corrigan is a normal eighteen year old girl. She was driving along when she was struck by hundred of pounds of concrete. Hope was lucky to survive. Before she can really comprehend what is happening, she is flown away…literally from the accident. Hope’s savior is Atlas aka John Chandler. Atlas is a superhero and part of a network of other superheroes. Hope is recruited and becomes the newest superhero. Just call [...]

    10. This reads like a parade of stereotypes. It screams “I am white, and anyone non-white I introduce will, in some way, be a stereotype.” It took me a while to figure it out. I had heard some negative stuff about this book, but figured I should read for myself - especially since it was a book of the month in my book club. And I didn’t see anything really objectionable in the first 1/3 of the book - which is free on . So I found a Special Edition of the book for 99¢ on (the regular Edition w [...]

    11. There is a fine line that writers of Superhero stories must walk, between having characters and plot elements which are real enough to relate to and be interesting and having ones that are too jaded, powerful or bizarre to be worth following."Wearing the Cape" stands firmly on the good side. Fantastic enough without giving us so many details of the whys that one loses interest.=Harmon does a great job with Hope's voice- she is likable, bright, and quietly vulnerable in a few ways that I didn't e [...]

    12. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5In a world where superheroes have agents and become celebrities just for having powers, it's not unusual for a child to grow up wanting to be a superhero. That's how Hope grew up, and when she was entering her freshman year in college her powers appeared. Now she's invited to join The Sentinels - a Chicago-based superhero team - as Astra (her superhero name). But does she really want to be a superhero, with all the danger [...]

    13. I was able to borrow this book on Lendle, and was very happy that I did.Phenomenally interesting storyline, and characters that one can really care about. Hope is just your normal, average almost-college student when the Teatime Anarchist's plots transform her into an honest-to-goodness superhero. Of course, she's not the only one; she's immediately invited to join the Sentinels, and even gets to train under the most well-known hero, Atlas.The author does a great job of showing the trials and fr [...]

    14. Superhelden gibt es ja viele und jeder hat seine eigene Geschichte. In "Karriere: Superheldin" folgen wir der achtzehnjährigen Hope, die bei einem Anschlag ihre Superkräfte entdeckt und danach als Superhelden-Sidekick ihre Ausbildung als Vollzeit-Superheldin beginnt. Frau Schnute liest ja eher selten Bücher mit jugendlichen Hauptfiguren, aber bei diesem Buch hat sich das "Ich mach mal eine Ausnahme, weil es irgendwie cool klingt" ehrlich gelohnt. Frau Schnute wurde nicht enttäuscht.Hope ist [...]

    15. (originally posted on Otherwhere Gazette)Imagine that the world has been changed in such a way that any traumatic incident might trigger permanent superpowers. That’s the world Hope Corrigan lives in, so when a terrorist bombs the bridge she’s crossing, she becomes one of Chicago’s most powerful “capes,” to use the slang term for costumed superheroes.Wearing the Cape, the debut novel by Marion G. Harmon, begins with a bang (the aforementioned bomb) and ends in tears. Along the way we t [...]

    16. The actual review (My initial notes are at the bottom of this review and I've finally discovered the private notes box for this purpose)There's a lot here to like. It reminded me of Jennifer Estep's Bigtime Series which I enjoyed, though it's less campy-fun and "women's fiction-y" than those books. (However, if one considers Jinx an analogue for Seven, the win goes to Harmon for the explanation of that particular power.) I like the newbie learning to use her powers angle. I like superheroes. Wea [...]

    17. I've been a superhero fan since not long after I could read, and have been curious about the rise in recent years of prose fiction about superheroes. This turned out to be a fine introduction. Harmon sets up an interesting universe with simple, strong foundations - ten years before this book's present, people started developing superpowers, usually in response to physical or emotional crises, and nobody yet has a good handle on how they work. This story follows a girl from her development of pow [...]

    18. Wearing the Cape is one of the rare examples of superhero prose and one I really-really like. It manages to do something which very few novelists and writers are willing to do today: tell an idealistic story about superheroes. The majority of superhero novels out there are either adaptations or deconstructions. I'm surprised to say supervillain perspective novels are rather common, myself included being guilty, but Wearing the Cape starts with a simple premise: what if a nice but otherwise ordin [...]

    19. Wearing the Cape is set in a world like ours, except that about a decade ago there was a mysterious incident called the "Event" that caused some people to become superhuman. People continue to have "breakthroughs" (develop super powers), often during incidents when their lives are threatened. This is exactly what happens to Hope Corrigan at the beginning of the story. She goes from being a regular girl planning for her first year of college to training as a "Cape", a publicly known superhero, wi [...]

    20. This had a lot of potential, I did enjoy the first half but the second half wasn't as gripping,it was also very plot driven, the teatime anarchist was the only interesting character the rest of the characters were pretty dull and one dimensional and the romance aspect didn't really work for me, but all of that is pretty irrelevant because what I really hated was the author's inclusion of his own political views.The political stance in this book is very pro-america and anti islam, mexico, china, [...]

    21. Surprisingly good--if this book were food, it would be the lamb burger on a bar pub's menu.Unlike many other YA Superhero novels, the cast is surprisingly diverse (meaning: there are POCs in the main cast, even if the protagonist is white).The main character, Astra/Hope, is charming, naive, and ineffably 18, but in an accurate sort of way. The only thing that really gave me pause was her relationship with Atlas, because ew, that's a little creepy, especially because he's her teacher and he's 27. [...]

    22. This is such a gem/lucky strike.I only got it because it was on the top free 100, and the cover was cool and pointed to tons of super hero-y potential, but god this was pure luck.The book is awesome. Not many super hero novels out there, and this one is the first in a series, that I really think would could make a good transition to TV/film.Harmon created a completely new ensemble of super heroes, that you absolutely love, and that exist in some sort of AU to our world.Because they compare to c [...]

    23. Hope was driving to her mother's gallery when a supervillian called the Teatime Anarchist blew up the bridge. Thus triggering her own "breakthrough." She pushes her way out of her car and starts heaving about concrete to help.The oldest superhero team shows up -- superheroes, after all, started only ten years ago, during the Event. Hope, indeed, was eight at the time, though young enough that the disruption didn't really fully register. Atlas, the first superhero, takes her off scene and to thei [...]

    24. I found this book listed under 'Comics & Graphic Novels' and was disappointed at first when they sample had no illustrations but was instead prose. I started reading it anyway and bought the book halfway through reading the sample. Its well written, well edited and immediately sucked me in. the pacing is good so the book kept moving without feeling rushed. The premise for the emergence of superpowers - the Event - was a little Flashforward but I liked the idea of 'breakthroughs' in times of [...]

    25. A fun read but I'm glad I read it on Kindle. I can't really see myself reading this book a second time and the Kindle price was just about right for that. Overall this is solid super hero fiction that remembers both to be a story (with character development and a plot arc) as well as to be a super hero story (with the implications of powers driving the plot in a logical way). In this story, it is not the protagonists powers specifically that drive the plot points but she is still pivotal. While [...]

    26. A good read, but didn't fit me as a reader. It would be a great book for young women, but as a late twenties man I found it difficult to identify with the MC. This was made harder by the book being written in the MC's first person perspective. The best part of the book is the world building. Given that comics and super heroes have an almost ingrained requirement for the suspension of disbelief, the view of a world faced with sudden real super powers is well formed. My biggest problem is with the [...]

    27. Apparently I had a strong desire to read some Superhero based novels lately. On the plus side, I found a diamond in the rough. From what I understand this novel was/is self-published, but the editing sure doesn't prove it. By that I mean, it's good. It's got great flow, good info dump, good universe, good pacing, good characters (mostly) and some really good action scenes. Got it off Kindle for only 2.99. For that I'd say it's a steal and gladly recommend it to anyone who also likes Mur Lafferty [...]

    28. What if superheroes really existed and for once were depicted in a realistic fashion?Well you would get Wearing the Cape. An interesting take on everything "Super" and an interesting story to boot. After a terrorist attack of a supervillain Hope discovers she is a breakthrough (gained superpowers). Now super strong and able to fly, she is offered to become a Sentinel and be trained by Atlas. The first and an most iconic superhero the word has. A good story with some interesting characters and an [...]

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