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The Cloak Society (The Cloak Society #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  967 ratings  ·  89 reviews
The first in a thrilling, action-packed middle grade trilogy, which School Library Journal declared "will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and v...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
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Jeramey Kraatz’s The Cloak Society takes an interesting look through the eyes of villain. Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a member of a villainous group called The Cloak Society who happens to have super abilities. He has been training his whole life to follow the footsteps of his parents to become one of the great villains in the world. On his first mission, instead of following it, he saves a girl named Kirbie who happens to be a Ranger. The Rangers of Justice were responsible for the Cloak Soc...more
Ms. Yingling
Alex is a junior member of the villainous Cloak society, so for his 12th birthday, he and the other Betas (young members) participate in robbing a bank. Alex is supposed to use his telekinesis to open a bank vault door, but fellow team members Mallory and Titan have to take over when he can't. He also makes the super villain faux pas of saving a member of the Junior Rangers, Kirbie, when she is almost killed by a flying fire hydrant. He doesn't know why he would do such a thing, other than it se...more
Patricia - Lady with Books
I was surprised when I started seeing themes of brainwashing and manipulation and the morality of killing your opponent in a middle grade superhero novel. The adults of The Cloak Society are out for revenge and domination and have turned their own children into weapons and sacrificial lambs. The children are brainwash into following Cloak’s agenda. Those who are not powered are treated like second class citizens and basically slaves. The prejudice and elitism is discomforting to read. Alex, our...more
This was an interesting story, and I was plesently surprised that it was told from the perspective of the super villian instead of the super hero perspective. Alex is a typical pre-teen with friend problems and parent problems. Once he starts to have a conciounce and question how he was raised because the actions that his parents and peers are taking just does not sit well with him. I like the fact that this story has Alex think for himself, he doesn't just react. I think that for pre-teens that...more
I won an ARC copy of this book on Goodreads.

Alex is training to be a member of the Cloak Society and follow in his parents footsteps. The Cloak Society are enemies with the Rangers of Justice and want to seek Revenge on them. While Alex is on his first mission , he saves the life of Kirby a member of the Young Rangers. After saving Kirby's life and discovering the true intentions of the Cloak Society's plans, Alex begins to question where his loyalty lies.

Filled with action packed battles, and m...more
Shanshad Whelan
Not bad. I've read a few villain-perspective fiction stories that really fall apart or just tend to clunk along. This one manages to entertain, even if it does suffer from some painful plot cliches. I just wish the beginning chapter didn't feel so all-fired out of place. The intro narrates things from the perspective of an outside viewpoint, and slightly tongue in cheek . . . until we finally zero in on Alex (our protagonist).

The resulting story isn't all that surprising, but it is entertaining...more
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This is one of those books that requires you to look into the plans you have for the coming couple of days because once you start, you won't be able to stop until you run out of pages. This is a great story. It asks you to look into the meaning of good and evil. Alex Knight is the villain that can't really reconsile himself with his evil ways. As part of a society of villains, he is forced to grapple with the fact that a part of him doesn't believe in the life he was born into no matter how well...more
Janna Thalman
I really did enjoy this book. Just thought it a bit simple but since it is written for younger kids that makes sense. We actually gave it to Josh for his Christmas book but he wasn't too interested in it so I ended up reading it instead. It's about a boy who's born a Supervillain but starts questioning after he meets a Hero. The only thing I didn't like was that he questions his parents and their teachings at a very young age. Which I can't decide how I feel about actually. Since he was actually...more
Middle grade fun for all ages. I really enjoyed this book, the superpowered teens was an interesting aspect.

I'm a comic book fan and so I'm always interested in books, especially middle grade level, for my kids. This is one that I'll definately add to their shelf.

I grew up in a small town in West Texas and so I've been to Sterling City lots of times. It really put a smile on my face as I was reading this book whenever it mentioned Sterling City. Fun fun!!

If you read 'Vindico' this summer be su...more
I have to admit, I've always wanted super powers...but since I've never had a transformative encounter with a super charged spider, toxic waste, or extra-terrestrial matter I will settle for reading about super heroes and villains. I really enjoyed this book. It is a fun adventure with characters that you care about and kids learning who they are rather than who their parents want them to be. I am looking forward to the next book in this series or the aforementioned transformative experience.
Laura Phelps
A surprising twist on the good vs. evil theme. Alex is being initiated into the Cloak Society, a superviillain group fighting to defeat the Rangers of Justice. To his (and everyone elses) shock, though, in a crucial moment in a battle, he saves the life of a young Ranger. This action leads him to question what the Cloak Society is fighting for and his moral dilemma is palpable. Strong characters, fast pace, interesting themes and a great cover will definitely appeal to readers!
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I'm not the biggest fan of superhero stories, but well, when it comes to the villains, everyone loves a good villain and I really liked the premise of the story featuring a young supervillain in training who has some moral issues with the people he's siding with.

Cover--Yea or Nay: The cover is cool-looking and will likely catch kids, especially young boys' attention (it caught my younger brother's) but I don't care for how Alex is portrayed. The title emblem is my f...more
Dr. Book
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Alex is on the beta team of Cloak Society the secretive, fearsome super villain team. He's been raised to understand that their mission is to rule the world so why does he save a beta from the superhero team on his first mission out? Though I think Alex began to question his upbringing a little too easily, this fast-paced adventure story will keep readers waiting for the next book. I loved it!
I wasn't expecting to like this book, but I actually did. I would have preferred a stand-alone rather than the beginning of a series, but I guess that's alright in the long run of things. The characters are likable and the story is very plot driven. Not a lot of extra "fluff".
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Somewhat interesting - but definitely wasn't a book I couldn't put down. My middle grade son couldn't get into it.
I hope this is a series, because I really liked this book and it sure did feel like a cliffhanger at the end!
Matt Cedro
I read this book in just 2 days and I found it extremely enjoyable. The character development was very intriguing and the plot never seemed to slow down. I can understand why some parents may have some reservations about Alex's parents being evil villains and his struggles with the decision on whether to defy them or not but I don't think it's necessarily a bad message. In my opinion, I think the message of the book is to not blindly follow your parents beliefs and morals and to develop your own...more
This was certainly a hidden gem I am glad to have stumbled upon. I thought this would be a cheesy superhero thing similar to Joshua Dread. But after reading the summary I decided mabye it would not be as much a let down as Dread was and I gave to a go.
Boy am I glad I did.
Our main character Alex Knight never thought he was conflicted about his loyalty to The Cloak Society. After all he was born and raised within the group's headquarters, he lived for the Cloak.
Until the day he saves a Junior Rang...more
In full disclosure I won an advanced readers copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Alex is a teenager in a villainous group known as Cloak. He has spent his whole life being trained for a criminal life. The group was founded by a group that gained superpowers, but was rejected by society. Their archenemies are the group of superheroes known as the Rangers. During his first mission Alex instinctively saves the life of Kirbie, one of the junior Rangers. Later he has a run in with Kirbie, where...more
Jun 23, 2014 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle grade to high school readers
Recommended to Nancy by: I found it on a booklist for the library.
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Alex Knight is the fourth generation in a family with superpowers but Alex's parent are not superheros they are supervillains bent on revenge and ruling the world. Alex's dilemma is that he has a strong desire to do what's right. On his first mission for the villainous group called The Cloak Society he does the right thing and protects a girl from being smashed the problem is he is suppose to be fighting for the bad guys and she is one of the good guys. Alex has been raised in this closed socie...more
Sam Whitehouse
I'm a massive Marvel fan and have been looking for a book about superheroes that isn't full of teenager romance rubbish. And this is it. Sidelining the tedious heavy romance plot lines that clutter a lot of middle grade/YA books, this, the first in a series, is an action packed read that offers plenty for fans of Superheroes and fantasy. It also takes the unique option to have a villain as the central character, which makes for a more interesting read than if this were simply from a hero's persp...more
Jay C.
As a child, I loved Spider-Man, but I loved Dr. Octopus too. Even as an adult, I still can not decide between the Rebellion and The Dark Side. From the beginning pages of THE CLOAK SOCIETY, I could see that author Jeramey Kraatz still hasn't decided either.

THE CLOAK SOCIETY is a fast paced book that will leave you questioning your traditional view of the supervillain. We gladly follow along with Alex, a supervillain with telekinesis, as he prepares and does battle against The Rangers of Justice...more
This book looked a little dorky, and I was especially Leary since it came from the kid's section. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well written it was and how much I wanted to know what happened next. The characters are well developed and real, and as the book goes along, they continue to grow and develop in says that seem natural ( I always sudden and unrealistic changes of heart). The ending is satisfying, but leaves you eager to grab the next book in the series.
Shahriary's Class
Alex is 12 year old boy with superpowers. He has been raised by the Cloak Society, a group of super-villains. Alex soon comes to realize that perhaps the Cloak Society is right for him after all once he meets Kirbie, a Junior Ranger of Justice.

It was awesome. We liked the different villains and heroes with their superpowers. We especially loved Alex, Kirbie, and Misty. Shade was super evil. We would not her for our mom. We really want to read the next books to see how it all turns out.
Gail D. Villanueva
Rating is actually 3.5. Love the premise, the plot is something I enjoyed, the protagonist was great... But the POV changes were too distracting. For that, I can't give this book a full 4 rating. Thankfully, the annoying POV changes didn't happen very often, but I prefer to have the book in one POV only.
I don’t normally read middle grade books but this one was so well written and a lot of fun. It built a great world, showcased cool powers and got readers thinking about what it means to be a superhero and a supervillain. The book sets the stage by teaching us a lesson or two about the supervillain trade.

It’s interesting to see bravery used to describe supervillains when it’s a trait that’s often attributed to superheroes. Throughout, you realize that there very few things that separate heroes fr...more
3.5 stars, 5th&up
I found this to be a very fast-paced and entertaining addition to the superhero fiction genre, told from the perspective of a super villain in training who- thanks to a new friend- begin to wonder if using his powers for the dark side is the right way to go.
Hannah Kosek
I was worried it would be stereotypical superheroes and villains, but the author did a GREAT job. Superpowers had strange twists and the plot kept me flipping pages, I can't wait to read the next ones!

I can see it being a great family read.
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Author of the middle grade series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins--a trilogy about a super-powered kid born into a family of supervillains.

I grew up in Odessa, Texas, studied advertising and English at TCU, and graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University where I studied nonfiction writing. I've worked as a snow-cone maker, barista, retail mannequin dresser, a singing/dancing napkin,...more
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