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Hero Complex

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Hero Complex

Devon Mackintosh lives in California and goes to Keaton boarding school. She’s just recovering from the death of her boyfriend, Hutch, when she’s attacked on New Year’s Eve by a mysterious waiter. She was at her friend’s yacht party when she was struck from behind and knocked unconscious. Everyone thinks she’s just paranoid, but she knows there’s a bigger picture. She calls on her friends Bodhi and Raven for assistance, and they use their computer skills to help her solve the attack. As they dig deeper, they discover that they are surrounded by deceptions and lies that date back to World War II and the founders of Keaton.
 
 I liked Reed; he was a good character and was interesting and intriguing.
 
HERO COMPLEX was a mystery/romance book geared more towards girls. It wasn’t really my taste (I like adventure/fantasy books best), but if that’s your genre, you might like it. It had a very fast-paced and complicated plot, but it was confusing and didn’t really hold my attention.
 
The characters could have used more description, and I didn’t really connect with Devon. However, I liked Reed; he was a good character and was interesting and intriguing. Reed gave Devon a diary, and the author used it to flash back to Reed’s life in WWII. My favorite character was Bodhi --- he’s a surfer dude as well as a computer geek.
 
I wish that HERO COMPLEX concentrated more on WWII and the founding of Keaton because I found that aspect of the book the most interesting. I liked how Reed was part of the Manhattan Project and how the author brought the Japanese internment camps into the story.
 
It would have improved the book to have more description of the characters and places, since when I read, I like to create a whole world in my mind and distinct images of all the characters.

Reviewed by Josh D., Teen Board Member on October 24, 2014

Hero Complex
by Margaux Froley

  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Teen
  • ISBN-10: 1616953209
  • ISBN-13: 9781616953201