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Hero Worship

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things.

But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible st
Paperback, 233 pages
Published January 8th 2014 by Flux (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review...just so you know.

Marvin. What a boring name for a character.
On the up side, Marvin has superpowers!
Except he can't be a superhero, because he's been labeled as having 'dirty' powers. Only those with 'clean' powers are allowed to use them. And since Marvin is a good boy who believes in following the law, he works as a dishwasher in diner instead of becoming the hero he wants to be. In fact, unlike his roommates (aka two o
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Whether they have superpowers or not, there’s almost something magical about heroes. Marvin belongs in a small group of friends, two young adults and himself, together since childhood, now living together, supporting each other emotionally, all ‘dirties’. In this fantastical society children are tested when they display any power ability. Dirties are either sent away or receive ‘treatment’ to remove their abilities. Those who come ‘clean’ are allowed to use their powers and some will become a me ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's easy to root for a winner, but it takes integrity to root for someone who's outgunned yet stays in the game to the bitter end.
-Marvin's Father

Marvin Maywood lives in a corrupted world where only the Core, a group of the greatest super heroes, is a shining light through the darkness. It's Marvin's deepest desire to join the Core, but this is impossible. After Marvin discovers that he is an IWP (Individual With Powers), he goes to get tested, a government requested action that must be ex
Ornella (Nyx)
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stand-alone
1.5 Stars

A copy was provided through NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

I requested this book specifically because it was about superpowers, heroes and villains. The main character is 17 going on 18 years old, so I was expecting a decent slightly mature male voice, but unfortunately that wasn't the case here.

Hero Worship is a very fast read, which is about the only thing that kept me reading, because as most of you lovely readers know by now, I have the attention span of
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read as digital ARC.

FINALLY. This is the first superhero book since Perry Moore's Hero that actually stood up as a superhero novel. Granted, writing books about superheroes is what I want to do "when I grow up" (i.e. NOW), so I'm notoriously judge-y, but this lived up to my expectations.

Here's what you can look forward to: a world that had actual thought put into it--heroes test as either dirty or clean, powers you recognize and powers you don't, problems that are not high school related--YES!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christopher E. Long demonstrates his ability to capture a reader's attention in this short but engaging piece of fiction. Plentiful dialogue fitted with descriptive scenes of action will keep you intrigued throughout all 233 pages. If you're into excitement, this book will be a perfect read. A struggle between what is best and what is right is the main problem in this book. With a happy ending, conflict is resolved and lessons are taught. Overall, a great book for teenagers and still anyone else ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Hero Worship is a standalone superhero/fantasy novel by Christopher E. Long.
This book was such a delight to read, finishing it in half a day, the world building and characters were very well done and made for a quick and easy read.
Reminiscent to me of the movie 'Sky High' in some ways, the hot girl becomes interested in the potentially powerful teenager whilst pushing aside his friends and never realising that you can't take some things at face value no matter how much you want to.
Marvin and his
Raphael Genova
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
In the story Hero Worship, Long has created a world where you are either classified as a clean, dirty, or normie. The main character, Marvin, is classified as a "dirty," which means his powers are of no use and is harmful to the community. Marvin's power is to feed off the fear in people. Ever since he was a kid he's had a dream of becoming a hero and becoming apart of the Core, but with his powers he won't be accepted, until he saves a family from a group of gangsters. A member of the Core come ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
The dialogue was so awkward and hilariously inaccurate, the MC was too naive to be believable, and everything was stupidly obvious.
This was a cool concept but the execution left a lot to be desired.
Brady Allen
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book very much, but it was not without its problems. I'll start with the positives, The world the Long created was interesting and nuanced, the characters were deep and interesting. Take Eliza for example, or better known as Roisin. She was the member of the core that discovered Marvin in the first place, and when we first meet her she is calm cool and collected, she is in control of whatever situation she is in. But as the story progresses, we start to see the true colors of her, ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, hs, superhero
Individual's With Powers (IWP) fall into two categories, clean and dirty. Only cleans are allowed to use their powers, and dirties are encouraged to go through DNA manipulation to remove their powers. A group of powerful cleans have formed a superhero team called The Core, and they protect Loganstin City. 17 year old Marvin has dirty powers, and so do his friends Yvonne and Kent, who he lives with in an underpass (technically they're all homeless). Marvin's powers are fed by fear and seem to fal ...more
Mel Raschke
This is a compelling coming of age story with a superhero twist. The author treats his teenage subjects with respect and makes you really care about them.
Devin Miller
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book is a really good read I couldn't put it down.
Francine Soleil
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The beginning of this book instantly made me think about The Incredibles movie, where people with superpowers live among normal people. But I found that it went way deeper than that where powers are classified as either “clean” or “dirty,” and only those deemed “clean” are free to use their powers to save others. This line in the book just hit the spot for me:

“Isn’t it ironic? We have powers, but we’re powerless.”

The main character,
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Back in the day, superheroes could just be super. Now stories about people with powers all struggle to answer the same question: how would a group of super beings get by in this modern world of 24-hour news networks and jaded capitalism? Christopher E. Long attempts to answer this question in his debut young adult novel, HERO WORSHIP.

A veteran of the world of comic books, Long has no trouble putting his own twist on the superpowered residents of the fic
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have a weakness for superhero books. Thus I was super excited to sit down and read HERO WORSHIP, the young adult debut from Christopher E. Long. He does have a background in comics, so I had pretty high expectations.

HERO WORSHIP was an incredibly fast read for me. I didn't expect to finish it in a single day! (It's hard to read a full book on a work day, after all.) I really liked Marvin Maywood, the protagonist. He's the Superman or Captain America type of hero -- the guy who does the right t
Mar 26, 2014 added it
The book Hero Worship is about a population where increasing amounts of people have powers and there are those who have ‘clean’ and those who have ‘dirty’ powers, which either allows or disallows them to use their powers. People with dirty powers are expected to get rid of them, discriminated against and feared, but those with clean powers can be recruited to become superheros.
After Marvin is discovered to have saved a family from a gang who was attacking them he is pursued and being considered
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
This book was received as an advanced reader copy from the publisher at the aasl convention in Connecticut in exchange for an honest review.

The premise and world building were very well done, and much in line with the comic book world building that you would normally see in a graphic novel or comic book. The twist on the Core characters (the supposed heroes) was quite interesting because it lets you know that heroes are not perfect and can even fall to temptations. The clean versus dirty powers
martin shoraji
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars ever since becoming an IWP Individual with Powers Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things. But there is a problem with the core
"You know the difference between the members of the Core and god? God doesn't think he's a member of the Core. This is talki
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
It reads like a first draft. The main character, Marvin, is the most gullible person alive. He mentions feeling stuff in the past that didn't come up like when the stuff was actually happening. The fact that he doesn't see Eliza is an awful person and doesn't intend to have him join the Core was pathetic. It was so obvious. The twist with Gus at the end should have been foreshadowed more. The dialogue wasn't okay, but the characterization fell flat. The characters felt two-dimensional. And givin ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
An extremely quick read about Marvin, a homeless teen with super powers. Unfortunately he's a "dirty," meaning it's against the law for him to use his powers. When he saves a family during a carjacking, he's offered the opportunity to try out for the Core, a group of revered superheroes who protect the city.

The author has a background in comic writing, and it shows. It's a thoughtful take on public heroism, corruption, and doing the right thing. The writing is straight forward and the dialogue
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've noticed a trend lately, especially in YA literature, that books are getting longer and longer, but not really adding to the content. So I was exited when I found this at just over 200 pages. However, the brevity of the book just meant that absolutely nothing was developed. the characters, plot and setting are all strictly one-dimensional. The author is making a very interesting point, but if he wasn't going to bother to actually create a world in which to fully realize a metaphor for his me ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes
I really liked the protagonist in this story, mostly because he represented justice and good which I admire. The plot itself was interesting, but I felt that it was a little rushed at the end and a little inconclusive. There were also times that I felt could have been developed and described more in detail which I was disappointed in. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the fast pacing of the story that cut to the chase without going over the tiny details. I finished the book in a day, so that probably mea ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a simple book about the delusional view most people have of superheroes. While it is a good read and I was up all hours of the night finishing it, I can't say it was perfect or even noteworthy. It's really just another nifty short novel involving superheroes.
There are a lot of Greek Mythology references which I found kind of dry. I mean really? Nothing more original to reference superheroes to than the Olympians? It wasn't enough to be a motif but darn close.
Karla Brading
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A nice little comic book hero novel, about teenagers whose powers are deemed 'dirty.' But in order to keep their powers from being neutralized, they have to remain hidden and as human as possible.

An interesting tale of corrupt super heroes. Short and sweet.
Dannie Morin
Review coming in January to and this page. ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting premise and fun to read, but didn't really stand out from the crowd.
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Christopher E. Long’s comic books have been published by the likes of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing and Image Comics.

His articles and short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, including Flaunt, Spinetingler Magazine, and Thuglit.

His first published comic book was “Easy Way,” which he got the title tattooed on his arm. “Hero Worship” is his debut young adult novel, s

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