The Vindico (The Vindico, #1)
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The Vindico (The Vindico #1)

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The Vindico are a group of supervillains who have been fighting the League of Heroes for as long as anyone can remember. Realizing they’re not as young as they used to be, they devise a plan to kidnap a group of teenagers to take over for them when they retire—after all, how hard can it be to teach a bunch of angsty teens to be evil?

Held captive in a remote mansion, five t...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
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X-men meets the Breakfast Club? Doesn't that sound exciting or what? I was interested when I heard about The Vindico in the beginning of the year, and I was excited to finally read it when I saw it on the shelves. Unfortunately, The Vindico just didn't work for me on so many levels. The concept was fresh, but the execution was just disappointing. Perhaps it would have been better suited as a lower-middle grade novel rather than young adult with its simple writing style; the plot was fun but also...more
Repairman Jack
As an older reader more than a few years removed from their teenage years, I wasn't sure how a book targeting a younger demographic would appeal to me. It took one chapter for me to get hooked on this book. The storytelling is fast-paced but still allows the reader to understand and relate to the characters. The protagonists are presented realistically and honestly. They are not without flaws and they each have their own unique human qualities which allow for equal parts empathy and disdain for...more
A book I finished reading from the 2013 Red Maple selection titled, "The Vindico" by Wesley King. Was a fun read. The book was about 5 teens who got kidnapped by "The Vindico" and became their proteges. The proteges were chosen to become the new members of The Vindico.They were trained and given something special that The League (supposedly the good guys) are keeping a secret from the rest of the world, but the villains knew about it and hated The League. When they were ready, The Vindico made t...more
Ms. Yingling
Five teens are all kidnapped from the bedrooms by a group of super villians known as the Vindico who are trying to conquer the League of Heroes. All of the teens have problems-- James has been dumped by his girlfriend, Hayden has been all but abandoned by his mother, Sam is generally insecure, Lana has been making poor life choices, and Emily is more interested in computers than in socializing at school. The teens are all to be mentored by a villain who shares some of their characteristics, and...more
Sometimes a book is amazing, and it's amazing in a very deep, literary way. Several essays have been written explaining why The Great Gatsby or Frankenstein are good books, or even more recent works like Catcher in the Rye.

But sometimes a book is not very literary, and yet it still is fully amazing. The Vindico is great because it doesn't give you time to ponder what you like about it, or what devices the author is implementing, it just takes you on a wild ride with incredible characters. Someti...more
George Kulz
I have to say I have a weakness for superhero stories. Not the traditional stories, mind you - your Supermans, Spider-mans, etc. But stories about non-traditional heroes. NEW heroes. Stories like the Evil Genius series by Catherine Jinks, or like the ones included in the anthology Who Can Save Us Now?, edited by John McNally and Owen King.

The Vindico fits comfortably on the same shelf for me as those others I just mentioned. It tells the tale of a group of five teens who want more than anything...more
I find several of the protagonist teenagers annoying, shallow distractions from the plot. It was somewhat interesting to see how the author handled a typical superhero/supervillain setup, though.

Inevitably, comparisons to another prominent supervillain-focused series must arise -- the other being H.I.V.E. That series handles supervillains much better, making all but a few of the characters self-made rather than inexplicably-powered. In the book I am currently reviewing, several of the characters...more
Matthew Dent
So,imagine that your life is going perfectly, when you suddenly get kidnapped by the most infamous organization ever. That's what happens to these five kids, who know nothing about each other, are taken by the Vindico. But things get interesting when the teens are offered super powers! (BTW: in this world, super heroes exist.) Of course, to get these powers, they have to join the villians and go against what they've been morally taught their whole lives. Now they have to decide what to do, and t...more
Madison Voelker
1 of my 3 books. Wonderful book
good book
Penny McGill
Great super villains in training + a little bit of teens wrestling with their conscience about whether they want to be villains or not. My own teen stayed up way past her own bedtime (of course she did) to finish this one and then told me that I HAD to read it. She rarely speaks to me with that much enthusiasm unless there is an iPhone or iPad involved in the conversation so I got right on it.

Wesley King does have a great sense of humour and the cast of characters he has created in his little tr...more
If you want a book that is action packed and encomapsses your mind, vindico is perfect. Vindico is a very good book if you like imaginary. Its like a movie that switches scenes. you have to picture this like a movie and it will make sense and be easier to comprehend and imagine. When you read the book its like you're not even reading thats how good it is. Vindico written by Wesley King is an amazing book.
This book is an inspiration to boys and girls everywhere. It make them believe that they can...more
Resti  Triyuliandha
Alright, first of all, I LOVE SUPERHEROES. I've watched all of Super heroes movies out there. So, when I came across this book. I just had to read it.
Awalnya asik banget, ada 5 remaja yg diculik sama penjahat, trus masing masing di kasih mentor sesuai dengan kemampuan masing masing. Ada James yang baru saja putus sama pacarnya yg selingkuh, Hayden yang cakep dan pervert, Lana yang cantik dan penurut sama orang tuanya, Sam yang naif dan lugu dan terakhir Emily si komputer jenius.
Sayangnya, awal...more
Kelli Lee
Jul 02, 2012 Kelli Lee marked it as did-not-finish
Recommends it for: x-men fans, Sky High
Way too many characters, I'm talking 5 MCs along with their respective supervillain mentors, so a total of ten characters thus far. None of which stand out, all kind of bleeding into one another. If the plot had captivated my capricious attention, then the overload of characters wouldn't've bothered me in the least. At the end of the day, I kept putting this book down, not really keen on picking it back up. An obvious sign that it's time to part ways.
I thought that this book was totally outgoing. It had so much excitement in it. If the real world had super heroes, i would really be upset to not have powers. Emily is my favorite character because she has so much skill and intelligence. If i was Sam i would also be scared and wondering what my family is doing while i'm gone.Anyways i thought it was awesome and anyone that didn't read this book should read it because you will really love it.
This was fun! It was also thin and silly and incomprehensible in a predictable way. Think Marvel meets X-men teen style. The characters had all the depth of most super heroes and super villains ... well, maybe more ... and I liked them a lot.

The book should have ended with a sneak preview of the next book. I expect to see the Baron's prediction come true, which is sure to be entertaining.
I enjoyed this book i think the author put the proper characters into the story. The chacter i liked hayden because he always knew what to say, when to say it. I found this book to be a bit less mature than other books in red maple. I liked the book other than the beginning because it was kind of hard to understand what the author was talking about. After that it became a lot more interesting.
I found this book humorous as the 5 teens are selected into be a villain? They are merely humans with no super-powers but do after wearing cool suits. Their mentors are all super-villains who are train each teen to become their protegees. I enjoyed reading about the lives and history of each teen and how they overcame the problem (not going to spoil anything here :P)

Besides these factors, I didn't love this book because the storyline was dull. I can honestly summarize the story in...more
This was a fun book to read. I liked the beginning when for the first five chapters it shows how the kids get kidnapped. I think it was a little fast how they agreed to being supervillians. It was kind of wierd that they just went along with it. I liked it when the baron explained their hate for the league. It wasn't empty hate it gives depth to the story knowing why the supervillians are what they are. I wish they gave more background to Lyle and Deanna other than that they and their parents ag...more
Jonathan Yanez
It was a fun and enjoyable read. I really liked the premise of the book. With superhero movies doing so well I'm surprised there aren't more books like this.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Read.

In a world where SuperHeroes and SuperVillains are publicly acknowledged, a war between them rages on. Despite their best efforts, the League of Heroes cannot always able to keep regular humans out of it. And so late one night 5 teens go missing from their homes when the Villains decide they are aging out of their roles and they need to train the next generation. Granting each teen a power beyond their wildest imagination, the Villains p...more
Carmel Kelly
Five teenagers are kidnapped and become protegees to super-villains. They learn how to use powers and some get capes. However, when the line between good and bad blurs, these teens may just have to choose a side.

The Vindico possesses a very simple writing style that is better aimed towards a younger age group. It is stuck between trying to make the content more mature yet the writing lets it down.

King also got caught in the ever dangerous story no-no: introducing too many characters at one time....more
Shanshad Whelan
I'll be the first to admit that I like a good superhero/super villain yarn. I'm rather tickled by stories taken out of graphic novel format and placed in novel form that encapsulate elements of things like super powers.

That said, this book just didn't do it for me. The writing never really was compelling enough to pull me in, and I felt like we were kept at a distance from our characters, never knowing quite enough or feeling connected enough to actually care about any of them. Not to mention th...more
Jun 28, 2013 Faith rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tween guys
Alright, I chose to read this book because my library was making a huge deal about it since the author had come in and plus, they had a lot of copies of it. I thought that the idea of superheros would be interesting especially if it was from the villain's PoV.

The book wasn't bad at all, just a bit too middle grade to be called YA. It's like tween guy YA. This is because the characters were mostly flat and there was very little depth to the story. As much as the reader was given some information...more
Anna  Tee (The Bursting Bookshelf)
I initally read the summary for the book a short while before I read it; it had me at "X-Men" (in case you didn't know, I am a huge fan of Marvel superheroes!). With the interesting premise of telling a story from a multiple quasi-villain point of view, I read and adored this awesome tale of coming of age under the most unusual of circumstances.

The cover was one definitely designed to draw the eyes of both boys and girls, creating a greater demographic for the book. The color was one that I real...more
Ishta Mercurio
I enjoyed this book on two levels. First, I enjoyed the superhero elements, and I loved the exploration of how different superheroes (and super-villains!) can get their powers. As a former (who am I kidding, current) superhero wannabe, I loved immersing myself in the possibility that a kid could get swept off the streets and given superpowers just like that. And what a premise! Kids kidnapped and trained to be superheroes is one thing - but training them to be super-villains? Now that's a twist...more
I started this book yesterday and I finished it this morning. I think nothing else can make it more obvious how good this book is! The story is about a group of teenagers being kidnapped and then coerced into becoming supervillians. It is written in third person but in multiple point of views.

Although some parts of the plot were predictable, I still really enjoyed the book! The writing style was solid and easy to read. The characters were distinctive and conflicted in their own way. This makes...more
Steve Wilson
I was fortunate to receive this book through the Goodreads first read program.

A novel aimed at young adults (a period that I have long since passed), this book focuses on 5 main characters kidnapped or abducted during their teen years by a group known as The Vindico (the supervillains). The againg Vindico group are looking for protegees who will continue their battle with the rival group of superheroes.

The plot briefly explores some of the issues common to teenage youth including such items as a...more
Baby T-Rex
The Vindico is a fun, action packed, fast-paced book. It has interesting characters, with some very funny lines, and gives an interesting take on heroes and villains and good versus evil.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I thought it would have been much better if it had stuck to one or two POVs. I never felt like I knew any of the characters very well because the POV skipped around so much. I also thought the adult mentors' POVs were very unnecessary, and didn't serve much purpose - the informat...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Sometimes the only way to out smart a Villain it to become evil in order to become a super hero, or is it.... *evil laugh* If you took The Justice League and X-Men and introduced them to the Breakfast Club, you'd get The Vindico. This well written, fast paced book is one both YA and adult readers will enjoy. It's at times humorous, other times action paced and yet at the heart of this story is a message readers can walk way with. The thing I enjoyed the most about Wes's writing is how he was abl...more
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After discovering that my first career choice—Jedi—was somewhat impractical (for now), I moved on to my second option: fiction author.

While I live in suburban Oshawa, Ontario, I spend most of my time in the imagined universes of super-powered children, dying stars, and dystopian fantasy realms.

My debut novel, The Vindico, follows five ordinary teenagers who are taken on as protégés by the world’...more
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