I have been looking for books that might interest my son when he gets a bit older. As his interests right now include super heroes, I thought this might be one to check out. I am pleased I did.
These type of books are a bit challenging for me to review because I am no longer a middle grade reader and generally only read YA with the idea that I might want to read this to/with my kids someday. As an adult, there are plenty of flaws in this book. Why are there no parents? Why are the ‘family dynamics’ so weird? How can they travel so quickly? Etc etc etc, but for a kid, I think the overall story is very action packed. It moves from one action sequence to another with very little downtime from the moment Steven Lee gets a little lost during his class trip to China to the end where he and a group of hastily thrown together kids with Zodiac powers are fighting a well trained group of mercenaries. Yes, as an adult, I see how the entire premise is a bit out there, but this comes from the mind of Stan Lee who has made an impressive career of telling implausible stories about young people. The pictures are nice, and as this is the first book in a series, it was just enough to make one want to continue the series.
Now, through the eyes of my son who is turning five soon *yes, I have a five year old! WHAT?* HE WILL LOVE THIS BOOK. He likes good guys fighting bad guys. He likes pictures, and they are very well done. Though adult readers might not find much to love in this book, I think that middle grade readers, and early readers will enjoy it’s fast pace. I will certainly look for the next books in the series.