Book Review: The Rise of Renegade X

Book Review: The Rise of Renegade XThe Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
Published by Egmont USA on May 11th 2010
Pages: 352

Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's "flying lessons" that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city--despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights--thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keeping his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.

I had heard awesome things about this book last year and I never got around to reading it. I won a copy a while back and was glad to finally have time to pick it up. I knew it was about heroes and villians when starting it and found it engaging me from the first page.

I could see this book being turned into a movie in my head. I loved the dynamics between Damien and his mother. A mad scientist who tries to love her son, even though he isn't quite fully a supervillian like her. It's funny to see Damien struggle, to really want to be the villian but can't help but have a little bit of good in him too. You see it come out in his relationships. This book will definitely have you laughing at parts but is also full of action and drama that keeps you turning page after page.

The characters were just phenomenally written, the plot kept you going and it was just so original I really fell in love with this book. Definitely a book I may reread in the future and will also hope for some sort of sequel, but not sure if it will have one. For fans of the anti-hero, awkward teen relationships and those who dream of having a supervillian for a mother.

Final Verdict:

The Rise of Renegade X is a fantastic debut that really mixes a lot of issues and covers it up with some action, romance, and a couple of funny moments. I loved all the pranks Damien pulled on his father as well. This is definitely a novel not to be missed.


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