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3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  25 reviews
What if you found out your deadbeat father is a superhero? Would you leave your small-town life to take up the mantle of a father you never knew? For 18-year-old Lucas, the choice is an easy one: he's not going to leave behind his mother and his comfortable, if dead-end, life as a high school dropout and auto mechanic for a father who's never been around.
But his father—kno
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Bluefire (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Seraph City is crumbling. Masked criminals are running rampant, wreaking havoc on innocent people. Superheroes are few and far between, especially since the Raptor hung up his cape.

18-year-old Lucas Moore is far removed from this life. Lucas, a high school drop-out, is content working as an auto mechanic at Big Lou's Gas Up and Go, but there is much more in store for this young man.

A wealthy billionaire, Clayton Hartwell, reveals himself to Lucas as his bi
This book was a little too fast paced for me and seemed to imitate the style of a comic book a bit too well. There were times that serious moments were quickly looked over which didn't add much to the characters' depth and overall interest in the story. However, I thought it was interesting that they tried to make a superhero portrayed as a villian, although I feel like the pace was too rushed to truly get a deep understanding about the importance of heroism. That's probably why I didn't enjoy t ...more
I've been on a comic book inspired YA kick. I have HERO by Perry Moore, the Hottie series by Jonathon Bernstein, DULL BOY by Sarah Cross, and I'm probably forgetting a few. (Any suggestions to assauge my craving?) From the above list, LEGACY most closely resembles HERO. There's an emphasis of the father-son relationship and a questioning of superhero idols. Aside from that, they don't have much in common.

Thomas E. Sniegoski started his career in comics, and it shows. He's familiar with the trope
Alexis Neal
An excerpt from a new review posted on Children's Books and Reviews:

This is a classic superhero story. I’m not saying it will become a classic; it’s simply not that memorable. But it has all the classic superhero ingredients. A young slacker (Green Hornet); the onset of inexplicable physical changes (Spider-man); a long-lost father who reveals the hero’s true identity (Superman); a billionaire with a secret (Batman); a jaded superhero who’s willing to use questionable means to achieve his suppo
It's a graphic novel minus the graphics, packed with blockbuster action scenes, and reluctant heroism from a young protagonist who possess the power to fight the villains of his generation.

Lucas Moore is just another ordinary guy, until his unknown father shows up, leaving him the legacy of taking over the role of Raptor--- his father's alter ego, the superhero who protects Seraph City from crime. When Lucas' mother died in a violent attack, he was forced to embrace his legacy. But what is he t
The basic story was only about three stars worth of originality and substance, but I found myself unwilling to put the book down, as it rushed toward a conclusion. You could sort of see the ending coming, but the details were as powerful as they were horrifying, and I kept wanting to see what would happen next.
So, as a page-turning adventure story, it was a great success.

"Legacy" takes place in a world of superheroes. Lucas is a teen, growing up in a trailer park with his alcoholic mother. He ha
Jessie Quinn (cupofbooks)
About a year ago, I managed to buy the ARC of this book (despite the fact that it says "advanced reader's copy - not for sale" in big red letters on the front cover) without realizing it was an ARC for $3. While I was excited to read a young adults book about super heroes, I really only bought it because the cover looked cool. Don't worry, I know should stop judging books by their covers.

Legacy is not a particularly good book; I only decided to finish it because it was so short to begin with. I
Kelly Thielen
Excellent action-adventure story that will appeal to superhero fans, as well as graphic novel readers. When Lucas meets his father, billionaire Clayton Hartwell, he is reluctant to have any kind of relationship with him. When a catastrophic event changes Lucas' mind, he agrees to train to replace his father, who is dying, as Raptor, superhero of Seraph City. The training puts a new spin on how Lucas feels about his dad and he starts to question his dad's methods and motives. When some others val ...more

When I first saw this book and saw that the author was Thomas I just directly grabbed the book and started reading the synopsis of at the back part of the book. When I read it I was amazed, hey this was something new? I said in my head. Superheroes, amazing, and plus he's my dad more and more amazing.


When you think this is your whole life, think again

Lucas just wanted and lived like an ordinary boy, though he dropped out of school thinking well he couldn't learn as much as he lea
Lucas Moore, at only 17, is working on a dead end life. He has dropped out of school and is becoming a drunk. All of that changes when his billionaire father arrives and reveals that he is the superhero, the Raptor. Since he is dying, he wants Lucas to take up his mantle and keep Seraph City crime free. Lucas wants no part of who he considers to be a dead-beat dad but Fate seems to intervene when bad guys attack the trailer park where Lucas lives with his alcoholic mother. Now Lucas is ready to ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Do you know kids who read nothing but graphic novels or comic books? Do you want to introduce them to prose novels? This is the one. It's as exciting as a great "superhero" comic but written in prose form.

Lucas has lived with his mother in a trailer park in Perdition. He's never met his father, so when billionare Clayton Hartwell shows up claiming to be Lucas' father, he has some questions. Then the trailer park is attacked, his mother is killed, Lucas amazingly escapes unhurt and Hartwell revea
Danielle Larca
Lucas Moore never knew much about his father. So when he shows up unexpectedly one day and reveals that he is Raptor, the superhero responsible for keeping Seraph City safe, Lucas is skeptical to say the least. But soon his trailer park is blown to smithereens and he loses something very important to him. His father wants him to carry on his legacy and now Lucas has the perfect motivation. Except, the more Lucas finds out about his father, the more he's not sure whether his dad is truly a hero o ...more
Lucas finds out that his father is wealthy billionaire Clayton Hartwell, who by night is the superhero Raptor. Clayton is getting on in age and looking for a replacement. When Lucas' mother is murdered by the Science Club, he decides to try and take up the mantel of the Raptor to take revenge, however there may be more to what is going on then meets the eye.

My only complaint about this novel is that it's so short. They could have explored and gone further into several different elements of the s
Rob Germana
I got to meet the author at the Boston ComicCon, which is where I picked up this book. He noted that this was one of his favorites. I thoroughly enjoyed it. An interesting look into the rigors of being a superhero, and how a person might be effected by all that they are witness to. Good action, well paced and worth the read if you want an interesting take on the life of a superhero.
Alex Cybulski
This was a fun one. Very very quick read, and surprisingly adult considering the thickness, but it was a decent superhero coming of age story. My biggest issue is that due to the quick nature of the story, the characters don't really get a huge amount of development. All the hints and signs are there for the personalities and interactions, but it is implied far more often than shown - something that did take away from the story. It was also a bit more explicitly 'Batman' than I would have liked. ...more
I had high hopes for this book, but it turned out to be a stereotype. A old hero is looking for a replacement, finds one, and then the protege discovers that the old hero is crazy. Then the young hero must choose his own path. This plot line works great in some books, but in this one it made the whole book flat. Furthermore, there was no character depth. They were all one-dimensional cliches. This is book is fine if you need to kill a couple of hours on a rainy Saturday, but even then it may not ...more
Liza Gilbert
I recommended this book to a lot of people, and I stand by those recommendations even though I'm only giving it 2 stars. The taut dialogue races along, and the discovery of being a superhero was nicely done. I felt like the book could have used another 200-300 pages to build up the drama, but in terms of a teenager finding out he's a superhero, it wasn't bad.
what i like about this book is that they talking about superpower and it talking about how it would take to be a superhero you have to no fear anything kill the enemie to save the good people. and this book also talking about some secret that lucas have to find it. beuase lucas never knew taht his father have like 20 son and daughter.
James McCann
Very good superhero tale for reluctant readers interested in a fast-paced action tale. You don't necessarily have to be into superheroes, as it has great characters and lots of mystery.
This book wasn't too bad for a change from non fiction. Lucas is pushed beyond limits to prove himself and provide safety to not only himself but others as well.
Don't judge a book by it's cover. This one is action packed and suspenseful with moral issues too. Loved it.
Itong Mararac
Batman with Ironman's gadgets. Awesome story-line, boring characters. Cheesy superhero names.
Hans Christian Cristobal
3.5, great pacing but could have been a lot longer.
A good, quick read, if a bit predictable at times.
Fine, but definitely not a must-read.
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THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the upcoming series The Brimstone Network. The author's first adult novel, A Kiss Before ...more
More about Thomas E. Sniegoski...
The Fallen and Leviathan (The Fallen, #1-2) Aerie and Reckoning (The Fallen, #3-4) End of Days (The Fallen, #3) A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (Remy Chandler, #1) Dancing on the Head of a Pin (Remy Chandler, #2)

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