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Ok, this is a coming of age story, and my headline might have been a little misleading, but Sensation is about a young man struggling to find his place in the world. Given that he has super powers that makes his task a little harder than most.
The book is a great straight forward good vs evil/ hero vs villain tale, but it really goes much deeper than that. It has, as Shrek would say, LAYERS. One might think that Kid Sensation is overpowered, but I really look at tis book as a text for what Superman would go through as a young man. I think a great point the first book makes is how he deals with rejection and being an outsider in a community that is already beyond regular humanity.
The action is great, and there is a mystery regarding a mole that will keep you guessing. Naramore does a great job narrating this book.
I generally start off with any perceived problems, and here are a couple: The book does start out a little slower than I'd have liked, but that is just set up and prep for the rest of th tale. There were a few parts that I had trouble understanding why things did or did not happen, such as when the kids were attacked. . . no one retaliated? Had one of those kids been mine then somebody would have been nibbling on their liver. Hardman seems to just be hitting his stride as a writer, as the book really picks up and gets to be fun and exciting. Any fan of superheroes would love this book.
Mikael Naramore does a great job narrating, he clearly puts his all into the process, and gives each character a unique voice, and their personalities shine through and apart from one another. This is a fun book, part 2 in a series, and you'll hope there are many more to come.
Hardman has continued to build up his heroic world. Kid Sensation is back in this third book. Naramore' narration, already great, has somehow continued to improve. I really think he is beginning to get into the swing of the series, and his enjoyment of the material really shows. The series itself is straitup popcorn chewing superheroics like you'd see on the big screen.
I do have one small nitpicky problem, and that is the way the story is set up. For the most part it seems very much like two seperate self-contained stories. They do tie together, but it just comes off like two short stories put together. Nothing wrong with that, I just think either idea could have been fleshed out into a full length tale to stand on their own. Hardman's writing is as fine and sharp as ever, and he is very aware that he might be writing for an audience that does not consist solely of adults, and he keeps it toned for a YA audience (just like most comic books). I would like to see Kid Sensation face a real rival of a villain later in the series, every hero needs a good nemesis.
Over all another top notch tale.
Get it, read it, love it.
This is a great book for Young Adults, my teens listened with me as we drove, and they really enjoyed the series. I really reccomend it for kids and adults, and fans of comic books or their movies will enjoy this set as well.
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This is a wonderful audiobook series narrated by Mikael Naramore, who does great voices for all of the characters in the Kid Sensation series and really brings that whole world alive for the listeners. Kevin Hardman's Kid Sensation series is a wonderful, action packed, suspenseful, full of surprises series that is awesome for middle graders and young adults, or anyone that likes superhero stories. The main character Jim, has it all, smarts, all kinds of super powers, but he is a teenager and thing don't always turn out the way he plans, sometimes that is good sometimes that is bad, it is a learning process even for superheroes.
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