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The Cloak Society

(The Cloak Society #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,965 ratings  ·  186 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
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Ceilidh It starts out a little strange. For the first 5 pages or so, it's not clear whether it's 1st or 3rd person. By chapter 3, however, it has sped up enou…moreIt starts out a little strange. For the first 5 pages or so, it's not clear whether it's 1st or 3rd person. By chapter 3, however, it has sped up enough that you don't mind the strange beginning. It's a superhero story, so I guess I'd say it's good cheesy? (I finished it, so...)(less)

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Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The characters are believable and well written. The story progressed quickly and held my attention. It was a great YA story and I'm really looking forward to reading more of the series. ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rashika (is tired)
I loved this but there were a couple of issues that I had that make it hard for me to give this cute little book a higher rating.
Joseph Leskey
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes superheros.
Recommended to Joseph by: Abigail H. Leskey
Update as of Saturday, January, the seven and twentieth day, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and eighteen, the same update pertaining to my reading of my book on the previous day and indeed into this one.
Now I remember that obscure reasoning I used to decide that I enjoyed this book. I don't know exactly what is was, just like I don't know exactly what prune jelly would taste like. Really, it's a brilliant book. For a tiny
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
YES YES YES YES!! *nod nod* Yes I like this one, and I think I'll be keeping Misty if you don't mind.

I read a sample for this books years ago on my kindle, but I never had enough money to order it off of Amazon. So when my tio and tia gave me amazon money I jumped at the chance to get this book (even though it is kinda small in comparsion to some of the other books I read) and I do not regret it one bit!

I haven't read a book like this since... Mmmm I am gonna have to say Percy Jackson. The chara
Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~
Plot/Execution/Characters: This isn't the most original idea, but it's interesting to read nonetheless. You've got your superheroes and your villains, battling it out. But wait! There's a twist: The Gloom. A mysterious place where those unmarked cannot return unaided, and can be banished forever.

It's short and to the point, without much confusion. It's also simple and easy to read. A bit geared toward kids, but not oppressively so.

Nice dramatic ending! Wills and won'ts are good for tying up a
Hazel West
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mary Catelli
For his twelve birthday, Alex gets to go on a bank robbery.

Raised from birth in the Cloak Society -- on its fourth generation from the first scientists to gain power, bent on world-domination to "right a world that's wrong" -- this is his first chance to show his skills. He fails to get them into the vault with his telekinetic powers; two other young teammates (the Beta Team) do it. And worse, in the following fight, he reflexively saves the life of one of the superheroes. His mother does not ap
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
Abigail H. Leskey
Content: c**p twice, some violence.

Daniel Parkinson
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was full of sinister plots, victories, and twists. I liked it because it was about superheros fighting super villains. Anyone who likes superheros needs to read this.
Gypsy Madden
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alex is the son on supervillains who have gone underground and are preparing for the comeback of their supervillain organization The Cloak Society. The children of the supervillains are all trained together and referred to as the Beta team. He has rivalries and friendships with his fellow Betas, and pressure mounted on him by his megalomaniac mother to improve his power and make him into something she can be proud of. On a mission he sees one of the opposing Junior Justice Rangers about to get k ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There were so many ways in which this book could have failed. Instead, it soared over cliches and expectations like Superman on meth!

Starting this adventure, I thought it would be another cliche, by the numbers book. Or a tastefully done anti-hero-hero sort of thing. But instead it walks a tightrope of excellent writing and pacing that the story of a young man finding himself is retold in an engaging way, and even maybe, through fresh eyes. It is committed in the world that it builds and the ch
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a story about a team of supervillains as protagonist, I was expecting a much bolder, darker tale. The back cover says ages 8-11, so maybe this 38 year old is just too jaded and asymmetrical for this one. It was enjoyable and it would be a great fit for young readers. I, personally, like my fantasy fiction like I like my coffee: DARK and BITTER and LASTS ALL DAY!
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun twist on a superhero story. A clever, fun read!
Brandon Park yaechaanan C1
This book fuels the part of your mind that loves completely out of the world fantasy, even though it is almost relatable. A group of superpowered people, the Cloak Society, battle their rival group called the Rangers. Even though it is something the real world has never experienced, the characters are normal. They still have powers, but they still think like us, have the same problems, etc. The story is a little cliche for my taste, but I still think it is an entertaining book.
Melanie Dulaney
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
With the popularity of X-Men, Marvel comics and the like, this book will be just the thing for 4th through 6th grade readers, and maybe a bit older. Alex is a budding super villain who is struggling to find his niche within his family and their organization, The Cloak Society. "Cloak" has been trying to best the Rangers of Justice, their super hero counterparts, for years and think that with modifications to a particularly powerful gun and the skills of the younger super villains in training, th ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Shanshad Whelan
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
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
Tate P
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
The Cloak Society by Jeremy kraatz is very good book about a boy named Alex who wants to join the high council of the cloak society when he grows up. Alex has the ability of telekinesis, the ability to manipulate things with your mind. This power serves him well. The protecters of the city they live in The Rangers Of Justice are their enemies, they plan to destroy the Rangers once and for all with an attack on justice tower. The attack is only a couple weeks away when they commit a huge heist. I ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mykidbooks
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. ...more
Janna Thalman
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Laura Phelps
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
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!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, adventure, fantasy
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! ...more
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Hi! I’m Jeramey Kraatz. That’s like “cats” with an “R” in it, by the way. I wrote THE CLOAK SOCIETY and SPACE RUNNERS series from Harper.

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. In the past, I’ve worked as a snow-cone maker, barista, mannequin dresser, and intern in the X-Men Ed

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