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The Vindico (The Vindico #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,299 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
X-Men meets The Breakfast Club in this darkly humorous adventure

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 o
Published June 14th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Darth J
A bunch of villains, or the “Vindico” as they like to be called, recruit (read: kidnap) 5 teenagers with attitude.

(Okay, one's a tween but I just wanted to make a Power Rangers reference. Sue me.)
Anyway, each of these kids are chosen because they both posses the potential proclivity for different kinds of powers (such as telepathy, super strength, telekinesis, agility, and technology) AND all have been abandoned or socially isolated in some form. They are offered lessons and supplements to nouri
May 24, 2013 Lilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2012 Repairman Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2013 Daman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
George Kulz
Oct 11, 2012 George Kulz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I read this book because my friend said it was good and I wanted yo try it. In this book a group of regular kids get captured for a unique reason. They get transported to a mansion where they get trained to battle. They battle against the heros because they're mentors make them. Closer to the end they started to like battleing them. They got so much stronger as they got trained and trained! This book is a really good book to read, I think you guys should read it!
Matthew Dent
Nov 06, 2013 Matthew Dent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Layla Pasdernick
I don't know if I particularly enjoy reading about Superheroes and Super Villains, but it was definitely a good book. And I almost have to read the second one.
Jan 22, 2013 Amaal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 30, 2012 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.
May 27, 2016 mari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not ashamed to admit that I will forever hold a special place in my heart for superhero novels. So when I saw this book in the library, I was excited to get back to the good old days when I deeply enjoyed books like these.

But I was disappointed. This book is suited for people my age, but I felt really detached from the story line. While the 5 characters were all unique, I had a hard time differentiating the bad guys.

The villains (The 'Vindico') are a secret organisation, that hold a high
Jonathan Yanez
May 30, 2013 Jonathan Yanez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Penny McGill
Jul 21, 2014 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
Fred Hughes
This book was received free from the publisher as part of the Goodreads Advance Reader program

This book is aimed at the YA (Young Adult) audience although I found it an interesting read.

Almost like the Justice League this dystopian world has two groups of heroes / anti heroes.

Five young adults are kidnapped by individuals with great powers. They are then advised that they have been chosen to be mentored and become members of their group who are the enemies of the famed League of Heroes. They cal
Feb 21, 2015 Araseli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give me a superhero and villain book anytime; I Love books like this. This book takes the reader into another perspective not the superhero side but the dark side (the villains) . I really enjoyed this book. This book was like reading a script from a DC movie, crazy fighting scenes, cool powers and some humor . It's a sure thing that I'm going to read the next one.
Aug 26, 2013 B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Madison Voelker
Feb 26, 2014 Madison Voelker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1 of my 3 books. Wonderful book
Apr 23, 2016 Uηkη๏ωη rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vindico is really an awesome book. With funny fictional characters and incredible plot twists. King's book is very inspirational with the simple children story of 'Good versus Evil'. But his first book really adds new exciting things with the uncovered secret of Heroes and a different way to see villains.

Hayden, a boy who quit school, will send you chuckling with his outstanding humor even in the darkest times.

James may be the main and most relatable character for most boys with his school
Grey Liliy
I will fully admit, I was dragged into buying this book because I laughed at the wit from the scene included on the back cover, and the rest of the book did not disappoint. The Vindico was not without it's cast of sassy, witty students and teachers.

Overall, it was a quick read and a fun ride. The book was mostly set up, which is why I've got the sequel in my mental to-read list, but it wasn't without its plot. There was a great cast of characters, and I got to like all of the kids for one reason
The Vindico, the first book in the Vindico Series, by Wesley King takes place in an alternate world where superheroes are a reality. The main characters in the story are James, Hayden, Lana, Sam, and Emily. The plot of the story is based around the five children chosen to inherit the will of the Vindico. The kids are kidnaped by the Vindico and are forced to live there. Most of them are given or shown their powers. Will the children feel loyalty towards their mentors who gave them their powers, ...more
Mar 03, 2014 mcallisterpride rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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

It was fun and kind of light hearted, but I didn't think it was that great.

As for the characters, I felt disconnected from most of them most of the time. I could understand some of their actions...some. I know I didn't like Hayden, and I didn't like Lana all that much, either. Sometimes, Emily was alright, and James was OK, but Sam got to me sometimes. He was OK, though, because he was so young.

The story was entertaining and kind of cool, but I found myself wondering whether or not to carry on a

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.
Ryan G
Sep 09, 2015 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start off I would say The Vindico by Wesley King was a very interesting book. The way the story was told and the perspective in which it was told by was very unorthodox. Instead of it being told from the side of good, it was told from the side of evil. The main characters are kidnapped by villains and the rest of the story told is following the villains, otherwise known as The Vindico. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books written through other perspectives. I would also recom ...more
Jul 12, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In a world where superpowers are a real thing, two organisations fight against each other; the League of Heroes and the Vindico. The League takes in teens born with superpowers, but now the Vindico is recruiting too. They abduct 5 teenagers from they're normal lives and give them powers so that they may aid the Vindico with their revenge plot against the League. But the lines become blurred and the recruits are not sure where they stand or on which side they want to be when the war is over.

I lo
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Wesley King lives in suburban Oshawa, Ontario, where he spends most of my time in the imagined universes of super-powered children, dying stars, and dystopian fantasy realms.

His debut novels, The Vindico and The Feros, were both Junior Library Guild Selections. The Vindico was also the 2013 Red Maple Winner. His third novel, The Incredible Space Raiders (From Space), was an award-winner and is be
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