The Vindico by Wesley King

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X-Men meets The Breakfast Club in this darkly humorous adventure

The Vindico are a group of supervillains who have been fighting the League of Heroes for as long as anyone can remember. Realizing they're not as young as they used to be, they devise a plan to kidnap a group of teenagers to take over for them when they retire--after all, how hard can it be to teach a bunch of angsty teens to be evil?

Held captive in a remote mansion, five teens train with their mentors and receive superpowers beyond their wildest dreams. Struggling to uncover the motives of the Vindico, the teens have to trust each other to plot their escape. But they quickly learn that the differences between good and evil are not as black and white as they seem, and they are left wondering whose side they should be fighting on after all . . .

With fast-paced action, punchy dialogue, and sarcastic humor, this high-stakes adventure from a talented new YA voice pulls you in from the first page.

About Wesley King

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Wesley King lives in suburban Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, where he spends most of his time in imagined universes of superpowered children, dying stars, and dystopian fantasy realms. This is his first novel.
Published June 14, 2012 by Puffin. 303 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The third-person narration shifts perspective from kid to kid and occasionally to the villains, a tactic which should develop distinct characters but here does not.

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Five teens are kidnapped and trained to be supervillains in King's high-concept but one-dimensional debut novel.

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vindico


"The Vindico" by Wesley King is a fabulous book about five teenagers kidnapped by a group of supervillains called The Vindico.

Jun 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vindico

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