Synopses & Reviews
Thom Creed is used to being on his own.
Even as a high-school basketball star, he has to keep his distance because of his father. Hal Creed had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League — until the Wilson Towers incident. After that, Thom's mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father.
So — Thom keeps two secrets from him: First is that he's gay. The second is that he has the power to heal people.
Initially, Thom had trouble controlling his powers. Butwith trial and error he improves, until he gets so good that he catches the attention of the League and is asked to join. Even though he knows it would kill his dad, Thom can't resist. When he joins the League, he meets a motley crew of other heroes, including tough-talking Scarlett, who has the power of fire from growing up near a nuclear power plant; Typhoid Larry, who makes everyone sick by touching them, but is actually a really sweet guy; and wise Ruth, who has the power to see the future.
Together these unlikely heroes become friends and begin to uncover a plot to kill the superheroes. Along the way, Thom falls in love, and discovers the difficult truth about his parents' past. This is a moving, funny, and wonderfully original novel that shows that things are not always what they seem, and love can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
Perry Moore, the executive producer of Disney and Walden Medias film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, now tells an unforgettable story about the coming of age of a young superhero. Thom Creed must come to terms with his fathers past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be, in this groundbreaking novel of love, loss, and redemption.
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.
About the Author
Perry Moore grew up in Virginia. His father, a Vietnam veteran, inspired the character of Hal Creed. Perry is the Executive Producer of The Chronicles of Narnia
, and his book about the making of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
was a New York Times
bestseller. With his partner, Hunter Hill, Perry wrote and directed his first feature film, Lake City
, starring Sissy Spacek.
This is Perry's first novel. He lives in New York City.