After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

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It's not easy being a superhero's daughter....



Carrie Vaughn has captured legions of fans with her wildly popular Kitty Norville novels. Now she uses her extraordinary wit and imagination to tell a sensational new story about superhuman heroes--and the people who have to live with them.



Most people dream of having superheroes for parents, but not Celia West. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world's greatest champions, she has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she's ever done is win a silver medal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she's the favorite hostage of every crime boss and supervillain in Comemrce City. She doesn't have a code name, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder.



Rejecting her famous family and its legacy, Celia has worked hard to create a life for herself beyond the shadow of their capes, becoming a skilled forensic accountant. But when her parents' archenemy, the Destructor, faces justice in the "Trial of the Century," Celia finds herself sucked back into the more-than-mortal world of Captain Olympus--and forced to confront a secret that she hoped would stay buried forever.


 

About Carrie Vaughn

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Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She holds a Masters in English Literature and collects hobbies---fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her website is www.carrievaughn.com.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Tor Books. 305 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author of the bestselling urban fantasy series starring radio talk-show host and werewolf Kitty Norville (Kitty Goes to War, 2010, etc.), Vaughn uses the comic-book setting to take a serious look at the seemingly superhuman pressure exerted by parents’ expectations and how difficult it can be...

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In this warm homage to and deconstruction of classic comic books, a young woman demonstrates that you don't need superpowers to be a hero.

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As a new crime spree creates tension between the city's heroes and the police force, Celia's investigation uncovers long-buried secrets about her family and the city.

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the Destructor), an insane supervillain currently on trial, her investigation leads her to a criminal conspiracy, the mysterious origin of the superheroes of Commerce City and, ultimately, love with the one man truly capable of understanding her troubled history.

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SFFWorld.com

Through flashbacks as the trial and her investigations progress, we learn both Celia's history and the history of the super heroes and villains of the city.

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Despite having superheroes as parents, life hasn’t been all that pleasant for Celia.

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Reading Reality

As an adult, Celia has tried to create a life that doesn’t reflect the glow of her parents’ super-shininess, no matter many assumptions people make about how wonderful it must have been to grow up in the Olympiads’ inner circle, or how often people try to use her to get close to her famous parents.

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Chicago Sun Times

Characters she relates to — such as sympathetic, mind-reading hero Dr. Mentis — come across as multidimensional, while others — such as her stern, judgmental father — are flat.

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Grasping For The Wind

After the Golden Age follows Celia West – normal child of Commerce City’s greatest superheroes Captain Olympus and Spark, the leaders of the Olympiad – as she tries to make a life.

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Posted in: Book Reviews, Superhero, Urban Fantasy.Tagged: carrie vaughn · Comics · mur lafferty · superhero · Tor · Urban Fantasy · wild cards.

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News Review.

In After the Golden Age, the main character’s father is Captain Olympus and her mother is Spark, and they’re the biggest stars in the galaxy of superheroes who live in–and are sworn to defend–Commerce City.

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