Hero

Moore, Perry

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hero
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The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League. To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father's past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423101963
9781423101956
1423101952
Branch Call Number: y MOORE
Characteristics: 428 p. ;,22 cm

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Thom Creed has a dilemma. Make that two dilemmas. He's never told anyone he's gay or about his superpowers.

Knowing his father lives with the shame of being seen as a murder after being kicked out of the The League of superheroes, the last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. SoThom keeps two secrets from him: First is that he's gay. The second is that he has the power t... Read More »

Thom Creed has a dilemma. Make that two dilemmas. He's never told anyone he's gay or about his superpower.

It's difficult being a closeted superhero teenager. It's even harder to be a closeted gay superhero teenager...


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Jul 30, 2014

Fluffy, fun, action. Unusual queer literature.
I would give it 6.5/10 stars. I liked this book. It was a fun, light read. Thom was a great narrator and the story was written in a way that not only got readers interested but kept them engaged in the story. However, it wasn’t a book with a ton of substance, so while it was good for what it was, don’t expect anything else.
Who would like this book: people who like action/adventure books or movies, superhero books or comics. It also may appeal to those interested in queer lit, but one would have to like adventure stories because that takes up most of the plot.
This book reminds me of comic books—the superheroes are right out of a Marvel or DC comic or movie. In addition, it reminds me of The Lightning Thief, in that there is a character realizing and learning to use and control their powers.
Favorite quote: “Sometimes you’re called upon to make a split-second decision to do the right thing, defining which way your life will go. These are the decisions that make you who you are.”

Feb 20, 2014

i enjoyed this book!!!
but seriously whats with his name???
(and how would you even pronounce it??? i just called him Tom in my head. it was closesed to Thom that i could think of)
it was interesting how he basically rippedoff already created Superheros and just changed their names...and in Justice's (the Superman ripoff's) case, he changed the personality.
(wonderlands is wrong tho...not all of the heroes were DC knockoffs. American Agent was obviously based on Captain America (who's Marvel) and :( i didnt like that he insulted him, FYI)
it was really obvious who who Thom was going to end up dating, and the secret identity of Dark Hero was also obvious.
why do we never learn Goran's brothers name???
and why was the ending so sad (concerning his parents)

Dec 08, 2013
  • drewscow rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a interesting read, and to be perfectly honest the only reason why I even read it was because the main character was a gay superhero. That idea just made me giggle with glee, as most gay novels are focused on coming out and coming to terms with homosexuality and all of that jazz. This book was no exception. The book was flat, predictable, and didn't go to deep with significant character development. At some points in the book, the plot was either going too fast or too slow. Besides it's flaws, Hero is good and in the shallow pool of LGBT/Super hero books to read from I do highly recommend this one.

Jul 27, 2013
  • mapletea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is one of my absolute favourites. Not the typical superhero book, which made it really interesting. Awesome book.

Jul 25, 2013
  • aniksteeves rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book because it didn't seem like the typical superhero book, it was a lot of fun to read. The downside was that it was predictable and many of the superhero's were very similar to ones that already existed.

Apr 24, 2013
  • wonderlands rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I leaped at the chance to read this book when I saw it for the first time a few months ago. I mean, as an avid comic reader and a member of the lgbt community myself, gay superhero just seemed up my alley.

This book, however, completely flopped with my expectations. The author does not even try to come up with a strong, interesting plot and all the heroes are ripped completely off from DC's characters, with one word in their name changed.

Unimaginative, unoriginal, and definitely not worth the time you'll spend reading it.

Jan 30, 2013
  • dprodrig rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What would you do if you were gay and had the potential to be a super-hero? Can those two things even mix? And what if your dad and family had been destroyed by the very organization that offers the super-hero training? What would you do? Well written, complex book that requires you to accept the characters and let your own agenda and plot expectations go.

Jan 22, 2013
  • Hufflegirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't always exciting but it was different than any other book I've read. It's a feel good book.

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

it wuz rlly horrible and did not have a "correct plot" at what is goin on.....rlly confusing to read and not a good story for young adults!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 18, 2012
  • Ambiii rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

WHO NAMES THEIR KID THOMB?

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Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“You can't go on like you're going to start really living one day like all this is some preamble to some great life thats magically going to appear. I'm a firm believer that you have to create your own miracles, don't hold out that there's something better waiting on the other side. It doesn't work that way. When you're gone, you're gone. Don't wait.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“But everything had changed, and I was becoming more and more of who I really was, and less of this person I had thought I wanted to be.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“Maybe you all didn't notice,but when that hospital was about to crumble with all those innocent people inside, Thom was the only one who stopped the Wrecking Balls. The only finger I feel like pointing right now is my middle one, at all of you, bunch of ungrateful wretches, if you ask me.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"I'm Thom." I scratched a dry patch above my elbow. "I can heal things. Sometimes.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“Now I was the only one left. I thought about what I was going to say: Oh, hi there, I'm Thom. I just want to say what an honor it is to be a part of this prestigious team. A leader that wants to kick my ass, some bitchy girl with a major attitude problem, a geriatric precog, a guy who should probably be quarantined at the Center for Disease Control, and me, just your average, ordinary, gay teen superhero. Surely we're what the founding members had in mind when they banded together to form the world's premier superhero group. What's not to be excited about?

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“You can't go on like you're going to start really living one day like all this is some preamble to some great life that's magically going to appear. I'm a firm believer that you have to create your own miracles, don't hold out that there's something waiting on the other side. It doesn't work that way. When you're gone, you're gone. There's no pearly white gates with an open bar and all the Midori you can drink. You get one go-around and you gotta make it count. I know that it sounds harsh, but it's true. Don’t wait.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“But everything had changed, and I was becoming more and more of who I really was, and less of this person I had thought I wanted to be.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“You can't go on like you're going to start really living one day like all this is some preamble to some great life thats magically going to appear. I'm a firm believer that you have to create your own miracles, don't hold out that there's something better waiting on the other side. It doesn't work that way. When you're gone, you're gone. Don't wait.”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“I filled my head with thoughts of the future, of infinite possibly. There's someone out there who will one day find me and fall in love with me and prove that all this waiting actually meant something....”

Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“Once in a while, life gives you a chance to measure your worth. Sometimes you're called upon to make a split-second decision to do the right thing, defining which way your life will go. These are the decisions that make you who you are.”

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Jun 10, 2013
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Jun 18, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Thom Creed is a high school basketball star. His mother abandoned the family and his father is a former masked crimefighter who retired in disgrace following a national incident and now works as a lowly worker in a factory. Thom's own superpowers are beginning to manifest themselves, as is his homosexuality. But Thom must keep his powers a secret, for fear of further disgracing his father and risking his hometown's homophobic wrath.
But as Thom's sexuality becomes more troublesome, he decides to run away from home. He immediately becomes mixed up in a battle between some villains and The League, and does well enough to be invited to try out for the team. Thom is accepted as a trainee, and assigned to work with a group of other probationary heroes. The stress of keeping so many secrets from his father exacts a painful toll.
Soon, however, the world's superheroes begin dying under mysterious circumstances. In order to solve the mystery, Thom must reunite with his fellow outcast trainees and deal as well with society's prejudices when his secrets are revealed.

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