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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  575 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Marrow is a fourteen-year-old prodigy at FIST (Fantom Institute for Superheroes-in-Training). With a perfect score on his finals, the ability to smash through walls, and leaps that can launch him over a city block, the Sidekick Internship Program is bound to place him with a top-notch superhero mentor for the summer. But when a series of disastrous events lands Marrow on a ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Future House Publishing (first published April 1st 2015)
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Preston Norton This is definitely going to be a series. But bigger than just sequels. Think Avengers/Marvel universe.

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Montzalee Wittmann
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marrow by Preston Norton is a fun, exciting teen super hero book that I enjoyed all the way through. Lots of action, super hero powers, mysteries, good vs bad but who was on what side? It was a fun read and made me feel young again! Just needed a POW and WHAM here and there, LOL.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for superheroes, so I cannot figure out why I waited so long after buying this Kindle book to actually read it. Marrow is a fast-paced superhero adventure that keeps you on your toes with frequent action and mind-blowing plot twists, but laughing the whole time with witty dialogue and snarky narration by Marrow, the book's teenage super-MC.

Mr. Norton wastes no time at all in dropping readers straight into the action: it is the day of the final exam at Fantom Institute for Superheroe
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 8-16
First off, I stopped reading this book at 26%.
Secondly, it is not a bad book...IF you read at a teenage level.

I had to stop reading, having determined this book wasn't sufficiently deserving of my time, because it was too simply written. Also I felt that the characters weren't living up to their descriptions and that was frustrating for me.
Central to that, Marrow is frequently said to have the highest IQ and to be incredibly intelligent, but nothing is shown to support that. This is a book, a fo
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: Such a fun book! I stayed up too late to finish it. However, I have quite a few issues with this book, most of which have to do with plot holes. I took notes.

Marrow's power is affecting the density of his bones. More dense = stronger. Less dense = lighter, right? He describes skimming, almost floating. He describes himself like a spider zooming around a room. In chapter 36, he even says he ways about half his normal weight. No. Bones don't work that way. They are only 15% of our
Matthew Briner
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
While I liked this, it did roam about in the cliche a bit, but managed to make the cliche elements...novel by giving them some depth. I'm not sure I found any of the characters to be wholly likable, but I suppose that is not something I would find in the real world either.

If you like superhero/superhero origin novels, this one runs down the center, not great, but not bad.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone loving superheroes!
I don't know why this book isn't as popular as it should be because IT'S FREAKING AMAZING. If you like a fast-paced, action-packed, overall cool plot book, this is it.

- The writing itself is good, at least for me. It's not super descriptive, which I love. It's told from a first person perspective, which I love, again. The jokes are okay, sometimes very hilarious too.
- It's a middle grade book but it didn't try to be like Percy Jackson, you know what I'm saying? There are too many books
Darrell Martin
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took quite a book to draw me out of my shell and write a review. This is that book. I've been a reader of comic books since I was a kid - going on 30 years. So there's nothing truly new in Mr Norton's book. What there is is a ton of fun and excitement. It keeps you wanting to read on, and in the end it left me wanting more. That fact alone is one of the measures of a good book for me. It's written in such a way that you can completely picture what's happening. For any book based on superheroe ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fairly decent superhero novel.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow !!! Just wow !!! Please let there be more. Maybe more of Gaias race come ask for help ?
Matthew Pritt
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
If you like superhero stories, you'll probably like Marrow. The main character, Marrow, has the power of changing his bone density, which might seem like kind of a lame power, but he is actually able to do some pretty cool things with it - provided you can suspend your disbelief enough (more on that in a second). At the end of his schooling, he's placed with a superhero named Flex, a Stretch-Armstrong powered deadbeat. Together they end up having to save the world. I won't give away much more pl ...more
Michael Sugarman
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Passable but not great read. Owes a huge debt to Drew Hayes and Brandon Sanderson’s “Steelheart” both of which are done much better.

The writing is actually ok, no huge grammar or syntax errors, which was a pleasant surprise. My main concern was that, for an author who claims to love comic books, his protagonist was woefully underpowered versus all the threats he faced. The hero is basically Wolverine without the adamantium, so while his pummeling of non-powered bad guys was fine, there was a HU
mark earls
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well folks this one is a fast read, at least for me! I could not put it down. The main character Marrow is a 14 yr old who is currently at the final phase of testing prior to being teamed with a superhero for Sidekick Internship. We get a little back story with each chapter. I dont do spoilers, but there are definitely daddy issues here. The heros powers are well written and even supplied some interesting takes on a few old standbys. Preston Norton has written an excellent superhero coming of ag ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book even though it was not difficult. The grammar in the book is not that difficult. I think that the author could have used tougher word choices instead of all the simple and easy words. Although they were still simple I liked how the author progressed the story throughout the book. A great way that the author did that was by not telling us anything about him or his father’s back story until farther into the book. This helped the book because it helped you see what was going on a ...more
Amanda Thompson
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya, superheros
This is another superhero fiction I picked up for the summer. (Okay, really, my sister found it and I pilfered it from her. When she was finished, though. I don't rip books out of people's hands, what's the matter with you?!)

This is a fairly straight-forward superhero world. Comet crashed to earth, creating superheroes with its outer space dust. Not all people like those with superpowers. Superheroes have taken over the justice system, but what I thought was really interesting is that the heroe
Michael Loring
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Marrow by Author Preston Norton is a superhero fantasy about a fourteen-year-old named Marrow who has the ability to control his bone density and his journey to becoming one of the greatest superheroes of all time.

At the start of the novel we're given a glance at FIST (Fantom Institute for Superheroes-in-Training) - an X-Men-esque school for superpowered young teenagers who aspire to become mainstream superheroes. Marrow, the protagonist, is top of his class and prepared for the final test - th
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have not read this yet, but it's next on my book pile. Four of my kids read Marrow and they all loved it. Here are their reviews:

((Herbie, age 11: Marrow is about this kid who can change his bone density to help people. This book was hilarious. Some of things he says and the things that happen and how he responds to them were really funny.))
((Neve, age 13: This book tells the story about a comet called The Gaia Comet which crashed into the earth and the radiation from it gave different peopl
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Marrow is a teen-ager who is a superhero in training - he's got great scores, grades and powers so chances are really good that he'll wind up with a plum assignment in the sidekick internship program. Things go wrong on his finals and he winds up sidekick to a drunk hippie bum of a burnout superhero. That is only the beginning of the changes that Marrow is going to face.

I really enjoyed this book.

The world building is well developed and engaging. The characters, hero's, villain's and super power
Adam Sidwell
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is like reading a comic book, including the smart banter, the action, the super powers. But it's more meaty. Instead of getting 26 colored pages, you get about 300 pages of story.

This book is basically like Percy Jackson meets Avengers. It starts out with Marrow- he is the main character- trying to score really high on his superhero placement test. He's basically a really powerful superhero who has the power to change his bone density, allowing him to smash through walls and jump real
Cassandra Anderson
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good story I went looking for more! I'm looking forward to Preston's next book!

The unlikely superhero, motivated by a show of unlikely courage, who must save humanity in secret!

For me, reading fiction is mindless entertainment. I read to unwind, and I like it better than Television. Therefore, the fact that this is great YA material is 100% fine. In fact, I'm not sure I understand the woes in some reviews about it. If you want to read difficult material, why choose a superhero b
David Hickenbotham
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I flew through this book, which for me means that I loved it. I had a hard time putting it down, even when there were other things I really should have been doing. I've read a decent number of YA with superpowers books recently, from the Michael Vey series to Dangerous to Blackout to the Reckoners (that I can name off the type of my head), mostly with pretty mixed reviews.

In my opinion, Marrow is as good as Steelheart. I know. I know. A lot of you are probably skeptical. After all, this is a boo
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Being a hero doesn't have anything to do with superpowers. Supervillains have some of the greatest powers, don't they? Does that make them heroes? What the heck do you think a real hero is, Marrow?"

While I've not read many comics, I was a huge fan of the cartoons as a kid, giving me an appreciation of all things comic/superhero related. Many YA books are also be enjoyed by adults, but Marrow is much better suited for 6th-8th graders, and will certainly keep them enthralled and interested in rea
Dan Allen
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book puts the comic back in comics!

Marrow is absolutely hillarious, emotionally turbulent and super action packed. A perfect novel adaptation of the comic book. You get all the down time between the action that a comic book doesn't have from superheroes playing video games, to dealing with spandex wedgies. It has everything you would want or expect from a superhero book: witty banter, impossible odds, complex backstory, plot twists and a brutally comical look into the high profile life of s
The Angry Lawn Gnome
I'm mystified why this has been reviewed so well. It was okay, but barely. I must admit I liked the first half, but the book devolved into an incoherent but predictable mess with about a quarter to go. Incoherent AND predictable. Sigh.

This sort of thing has been done far, far better in works like Soon I Will Be Invincible or (especially) Chelsea Campbell's Renegade X series, though I admit I've not yet read the third installment.

Might be worth a peek if you've got KindleUnlimited, as I do, but b
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun. If I were 13 again this would be my favorite book ever. I'm excited to see in the comments below that this is planned to be a series and I will be eagerly anticipating the next one. It doesn't take itself seriously, it's well written, it's age-appropriate, the story was great, I loved the characters. If you like superheroes and you recognize that this is a book meant for pre-teens and teens you will love the book. If you don't like superheroes and you're expecting a Pu ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A few things bugged me about this book but overall it was good. First, the writing was really goo. Good descriptors and action and funny characters. The drawbacks were that this felt like a retelling of everything else superhero. It had some common elements that were a let down creativity wise. And also weird references to 90's things and "adult" topics like getting drunk, yet the writing was geared towards younger YA with immature jokes and childish banter. So overall conflicted. The author sho ...more
Kevin Black
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Whatever you do, don't stop after the first page or two. I almost did, because it was drenched with verbal kitsch. It was a caricature of comic books. But ... that was on purpose. This was written by someone who loves comic books, but grew up. Mostly. _Marrow_ turned out to be a really enjoyable story with a message. The denouement was a little too fast for me and missed some details, and the love story subplot -- though it fits the comic book atmosphere fine -- didn't quite have enough groundwo ...more
Michael Robbins
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Read

It's been a while since I've written a review on a book. Sad to say most of the books I read are just ok. I mean their alright but nothing to write about. But "Marrow" was a darn good book. It keep you interested through the whole book. It had great characters, great action and a great plot, who could ask for more. I'm 57 and I really enjoy a good Superhero book and this one of those so I think it doesn't what your age you will enjoy this book.
Barbara Russell
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beware, after you finish reading this awesome book, you’ll feel the strange urge to run a hand marathon.
Eve Harm
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good super hero story

Main character was fairly consistent in personality. Some of the other characters were well developed. A few could have used more development however. The heroes power levels weren't unbalanced. Story and setting were interesting. Future stories set in this world would be worthwhile and a few of the characters could support their own storylines.
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book was well written. Character development was believable. Only problem I had was Marrow's IQ. He really wasn't very smart. Could be because he's 14, and he has the capacity to be smart. Just doesn't know how to properly use his brain. I really enjoyed the book anyway. Wish it was a bit longer.
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