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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  9,429 ratings  ·  996 reviews
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world t...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion
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Brooke
Almost every review I've read for this book applauds the subject matter (a gay teen superhero) but laments the sloppy writing. I'm going to add my voice to this choir.

The writing reminded me of problems I've had with some other YA novels. Everything is just a little too melodramatic, a little too overwritten, and a little too loud. The pacing is inconsistent; months will go by without much mention and yet events will be mentioned as if they just happened yesterday. There are countless contradic...more
Dan
In Hero, author Perry Moore demonstrates a superpower of his own: he can turn prose into lead.

Since Moore's intentions are admirable, it's tempting to gloss over the book's poor execution by praising it using plenty of qualifiers. ("Hero is the best YA novel featuring a gay teen superhero I've read all month!") Unfortunately, I just can't bring myself to use the words "Hero" and "best" in the same sentence. Well, in a pinch I could probably force myself to say, "I read Hero while staying at a Be...more
Punk
Nov 14, 2007 Punk rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, queer
Young Adult. A gay teenager with superpowers and his disgraced hero-dad live together in the suburbs. They have their differences, but when Thom gets tapped to try out for the League (of superheroes) those differences threaten to tear them apart. Hee, sorry. It really is that dramatic.

This book takes on a lot. It's got a solid story with a good array of characters. Kind of like a mix of The Incredibles and Sky High. A lot of the superheroes were just familiar DC characters with slightly differe...more
Tamora Pierce
I'm re-reading, and it's even more enjoyable the second time than it was the first!
J.
(I read this a few years ago so forgive me if I don't remember all of it. Here are my thoughts on what I recall.)

I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. What probably turned me off most about it was that it was too campy. I prefer my superheroes to be darker, more serious, more grounded in reality:

Not goofy and punny:


And that's what a lot of this book was. The only deeper parts were the waaaaaay overused trope of using the alternate identities of a superhero as a metaphor fo...more
George
Ok, here's why this book is good: There's some good layering going on here. The foundation is this high school kid, Thom, coming to terms with his sexuality. So that's interesting on it's own, but then Moore adds a world of superheroes. Superheroes in this world don't always have special powers and being a superhero is a career(complete with a salary). Then there's Thom's home life with his single dad. Thom's parents are former superheros and his mom abandoned them a few years back. I really li...more
Edward
Sep 20, 2007 Edward rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gay Teens and thier friends, people who love spoofing the Superhero Genre
Shelves: teen-town
This is one of the best Gay Teen/Coming of Age books I have read since Boy Meets Boy (I have to review that as well). This story is set in the alternate world where Superheroes are a part of every day life, but puts a more humorous twist to it than many graphic novels. For avid readers of the Gay/YA fiction genre I would say that this book is a blend of Year of Ice, The Tick and the X-Men comic series. Thom Creed is a boy coming to terms with both his sexuality and burgeoning super powers – he c...more
Nikki
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Serena Yates
This is a great YA book with a gay hero. In more than one sense of the word, the main character, Thom, has to grow up in this story.

There are secrets that need solving on a personal level (his powers and how to deal with his sexual orientation), with his family (both his mother and his father have something to hide, it seems), and society at large (what exactly DID happen at the Wilson Towers all those years ago?). I liked the pacing and the tone of voice, which were both appropriate to how a te...more
Ery
Feb 21, 2013 Ery rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Hero was an enjoyable superhero story reminiscent of the tv series 'Heroes' (weird, I know), combined with a comic. The main character, Thom, is a high school student struggling with the fact he is gay and developing superpowers. The fact he is developing powers is exciting to him, particularly when he gets the opportunity to try out for the "league", a law enforcement organization, of sorts, which is well-respected amongst the general population (unlike homosexuality). Unfortunately, he must hi...more
Abby Johnson
In a world where superheroes are real, Thom dreams about joining The League, a band of A-list good guys who protect the citizens of their fair city. He also dreams about one of the most famous (and dreamiest) superheroes, Uberman. Thom's keeping a lot of secrets, not the least of which is that he's got superpowers and has been invited to try out for The League. He knows his dad would flip if he found out. His dad used to be a hero, one of the greats. But then he was maimed in a catastrophic acci...more
Trin
Yawn. Punk sums up a lot of the problems I had with this book in her review—the cartoonishly ridiculous level of homophobia, the utter failure to take advantage of the preexisting (and really cool) connection between being queer and being a superhero—but I would also like to add this complaint: it’s boring. The melodrama level is high, but as for actual drama…on the edge of my seat I was not. A lot of the “twists” are incredibly predictable, and frankly, I just never believed in this society, th...more
Scarlett
Sep 02, 2007 Scarlett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This is an excellent book. It is not only for gay teens or fans of comics. It appeals to everyone who has ever felt rejected, outcast, or uncertain whether their friends would like them if they knew what was going on under the surface... and who cant relate to that?

The characters are appealing and real, even though they have superpowers. The writing is easy to read and is like hanging out with someone you really like. The author has made what would otherwise seem like a book with a very small au...more
Tim
This story was really well done. It revolves around the MC Thom Creed, who's parents are famous super heroes. Thom hopes to one day follow in their footsteps but there is one thing that hinders him, the fact that he is hiding a very big secret. This book had action, humor and sadness. I definately recommend it
Kate
Jan 08, 2008 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comic freaks, confused teenagers, anyone who played x-men as a little kid
a gay teenage superhero trying to come to terms with his sexuality, super powers, and troubles with his parents (or lack thereof)...i loved this book. the only reason i didn't give it five stars is because i felt in a couple of areas it was a little too wordy, but other than that, it was fantastic. i'm jealous.
Tara
This is a great book. It made me smile and maybe even shed a tear or two. It's a young adult story that on a takes on a lot of issues. Some directly, some using superheroes and villains to represent others. It was full of great characters and I think it has a strong message for teens.

Thom is a teenager who's dad is a disgraced superhero. Thom is gay and now he's coming in to his powers. He has a lot on his plate and has a lot of difficult things to decide. He doesn't always do the right thing at...more
David
This is what you call a superhero novel with a message, that message being "Gay is okay." So, wonderful, it's a message I can support, but a redeeming message is not enough to make me love a book, and this book, while not bad, and certainly not disrespectful to the superhero genre, didn't really do anything original except make the hero gay. In fact, it was overall a pretty derivative story and I doubt it would have gotten much attention at all (or even published) if not for the central theme, t...more
Dracolibris
This is the kind of book that makes me want to stay home from work and spend the day turning pages. But go to work I did on Friday, and I had to wait until Saturday to finish the story of Thom Creed, a teenager who has more than his share of problems. His father was a highly respected super hero back in the day, but "somehow" became disgraced and now struggles to make ends meet for him and his son, who have been alone since mom disappeared. Thom feels that he not only has to hide his true sexual...more
Nic Hunter
So, someone said this book was cute. And I thought, "I can do cute." They said that it was gay superheros. I though, "I could do gay superheros."

The book itself is quite nice actually. While some of the storyline is fumbled, and a few of the characters aren't all there, it's nice.

The main character is dealing with many problems, but the two biggest is being gay and finding that he has super powers. "And those are problems why?" you might ask? Well, things are a bit different where he lives.

I don...more
Jenny
September 29 is the first day of "Banned Books Week" and it was apropos to read this book. I'm SURE this book will be challenged by some parent or school system out there because the main character is gay, there are some sexual situations and as much swearing as you could imagine from a teenager. The overall themes are simple and you've all heard it before--Be true to yourself, discover your true identity and be proud of it, and good prevails over evil. I'm not much for fantasy or superheroes bu...more
Catie
Wow! I couldn't put this one down. What a great idea. I was impressed by the author's ability to effortlessly weave the themes of coming of age and identity into an action packed super hero adventure. The main character Thom is sweet and endearing and the journey he takes to becoming a hero is funny and heartbreaking and poignant. I felt like the "twists" were a bit predictable, but I didn't really mind - I felt like I was on the outside, waiting with glee for Thom to figure it all out while I c...more
karly
Perry Moore wrote one of the strongest leads I have ever known. I really think 'Hero' will be a great franchise out there someday! RIP Perry Moore.
regina dentata
Something really annoys me about this book.

I liked it, and I hated it. The beginning is quite promising, managing to deal with a world that is populated by superheroes in a way that keeps it firmly grounded in reality. It's quite good. Then, however, it all drowns in a world of clichés and two-dimensional characters. Thom is the most believable character, but superpowers appear to come with the secondary effect of draining any interesting aspects of one's character. All the superheroes are ludic...more
Kris
The Review:

Honesty from the outset~

Yes, it's my first 5 stars. *rolls eyes* Get over it, people!

First things first~

(I think) Tam mentioned this book to me when we were talking YA a couple of months ago and then in another discussion a so-called friend described it as being 'FANF*%KINGTASTIC' and very helpfully provided me the link to a bookstore which not only had the paperback, but also free global shipping to Australia. (Damn you, Sean Kennedy!) Well, who could resist??

Thom Creed is not a typi...more
Steven
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Cody
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her ange...more
laaaaames
There is little this book brings to the superhero genre in terms of newness or innovation. Luckily, the book also brings us Thom Creed, the protagonist whose voice won me over immediately. The plot veers maybe a little too much and the book feels, in general, shoved with too many peripheral characters, but even when Thom's being too self-centered and introspective and woe-is-me I'm on his side, and his faults have to do with his age, maturity level, and the enormous strain on his life due to his...more
Dominic
Aug 20, 2008 Dominic rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comic Book Fans
First of all, I know this is teenlit. Secondly, I know the main character is gay.
But more importantly, it's about SUPERHEROES. And it's adequtely written, with a fun, episodic style that is true to the ultimately visual genre from which it springs. And the sexuality of the protagonist is simply one facet of Thom's very well-rounded personality.
It's not a gay superhero story. It's a story about a young man who feels out of place and needs to learn who he is and where he fits into the world. Who...more
Isa Long

Hero, by Perry Moore, is a young adult Novel centering on Thom, the gay son of disenfranchised superhero. The book recounts his origin story, from his humble beginnings to his rise to glory. Sort of. Unlike his father, who seems to be an analog of Batman, Thom has superpowers. The use of which cause him to be recruited by The League, the most popular group of superheroes in Thom’s world. He makes the cut, and is placed in a probationary program to train and ensure that he’ll actually be useful....more
Morgan F
This was a unique, genre-busting novel that managed to tackle societal issues while remaining interesting. People will enjoy this book either because they felt a gay superhero was needed or simply because it was action packed. The writing wasn't the best, and sometimes hard to follow, but the characters themselves were diverse and engaging. It also had enough intentional super hero cheesiness to make it charming. Brilliant and refreshing.
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