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Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Story (Wearing the Cape #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,537 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 10th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published April 22nd 2011)
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Jul 04, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Noran Miss Pumkin
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 i
Oct 12, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Oct 09, 2011 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superheroes
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
Apr 09, 2012 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2013 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Superheros with a Fox News world view. I liked the power levels, how the superhumans were not invulnerable, but also usually not fragile enough to make them standing in a fight unbelievable. The fights were really well done too. And it's a page-turner. What is a problem is that the main character is a high society type which I don't find that interesting. I actually liked the portrayal of a practicing Catholic family. But nearly everybody was "a person of faith", "a person with a quiet faith", ...more
Gabriela Paige
Nov 14, 2015 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) to
May 19, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 her
Mar 02, 2012 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2015 Nina rated it it was ok
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Nov 20, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bobs-books
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
Nov 09, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 05, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. A little girly... I survived because the story held up past the fashion accessories.
Mar 15, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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 take a fasc
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
Bruce Baugh
Dec 24, 2014 Bruce Baugh rated it really liked it
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 ...more
K.M. Johnson-Weider
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, ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is bullshit.

Oh, not the story itself. I probably would've given that, oh, 3 stars—with the stars knocked off mostly because it stays pretty superficial, but getting that high because the author has a pretty great grasp of syntax. This writer has no trouble stringing a sentence together!

I'd just finished reading Super Powereds: Year 3 (which, BTW, is excellent), and, fair or not, it was impossible to not compare the two...and Drew Hayes's Super Powereds series is a dense, meaty one, with a m
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Mar 19, 2014 Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a gem/lucky strike.
I only got it because it was on the Amazon 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 compar
Mary Catelli
Mar 05, 2015 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: superheroes
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
Nov 26, 2011 Geoffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Tang
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 ...more
Someone told me how "deep" this book was so I decided to read this sampler since it was free. Turns out it's a pretty vanilla superhero story. It's pretty much just a lot of elements borrowed from various comics and movies like "The Incredibles." Probably the most interesting thing is that people only get powers under some really stressful situation, which is a take on X-Men where powers activate around puberty, usually in some dramatic way.

The vanilla story is this: a hot blond girl with no rea
Nicholas Kropp II
Feb 20, 2016 Nicholas Kropp II rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Chris Cline
Sep 12, 2011 Chris Cline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Cloak88 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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
Sep 07, 2016 Cloak88 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superhero
This book definately has a comic book feel and is easy to read, an interesting background that explains why supers exist and why heroes wear costumes. So far it has been a thoughtful experience. At the same time the author has no problem telling the action sequences in an exciting way. So the story really has hooked my interest.
Isabel dante
Dec 27, 2015 Isabel dante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought the book its self had an interesting plot and was generally well written apart from a few spelling errors. but the ending abruptly cut off in what seemed to be the middle of the book. now its turned out that it was just the first thirteen chapters, and it seems like theres good reason to read the rest.
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Marion G. Harmon picked up a Masters of History degree because he likes stories. He currently resides in Las Vegas, where he dabbles in various aspects of financial planning while trying to get the people in his head onto the page so they’ll stop pestering him.

Addendum: M.G.Harmon still lives in Las Vegas, but has ceased telling other people how to invest their money to become a "professional auth
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