Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Superfail


Fans of stories where the good guys may be just a bit too good to be true will find plenty to enjoy in this tale of kids with defective super powers. Imagine having laser blasts come from your eyes - but you are cross-eyed, so you can't aim properly. Or perhaps you can control animals, but you live in a city so your choices are limited to pigeons, mice, or cockroaches. Maybe you have super speed, but can't turn or stop. get the idea. Marshall (with the laser blasts) is taunted about his eyes in middle school, and has to see one of his jock tormentors become a member of the greatest superhero team ever. And when Marshall and his friends uncover a plot, no one will believe them. The defective powers of the group will have to be enough to save the day, or it may all be over for Superteam.

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to have some sort of super ability, yet not qualify to be on the team, this story has your answer. And if you've ever felt like an outsider, or as if your best wasn't good enough, then you can easily sympathize with Marshall and the others with defective powers. But as they learn, "just because you're defective doesn't mean you can't be a hero."

Dustin Mackay (Disney animator and story artist) does a great job of bringing the scenes to life. Images of Marshall's lasers blasting everything but the villains, the elderly Night Owl hobbling to the rescue, or Marshall's little sisters chewing on his favorite video game all add to the humor of the story. 

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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