In Failstate: Legends, sixteen-year-old Robin Laughlin (aka Failstate) finds that life is not easy as a teenage superhero, even one with an official license. Nobody thinks he is up to the challenge of protecting the city, least of all he himself when the other superheroes are unavailable. When a legendary superhero returns to New Chayton and stirs up trouble, can Failstate face him in battle, especially when his brother Ben and his friend Mike are not standing with him? And what about the zombie apocalypse that threatens the city?
And like any normal teenager, Failstate also faces complications with two girls vying for his attention and superpowers that are evolving. Being a teen is hard enough with roller coaster emotions, let alone being a teen superhero with evolving superpowers!
Otte does an excellent job in developing the characters in this series. The relationships between Failstate, his brother Ben (aka Gauntlet), and his friend Mike (Veritas) change from the first book but do so in a realistic manner.
Otte’s books have a comic-book feel to them, even the cover. In fact, one is slightly disappointed that more illustrations were not included. Still it is a good read, and the shadow image on the first page of each chapter is a step in the right direction!
While there is some violence, none of it is graphic; all of it is expected in a world where superheroes are battling evil. With its short chapters, comic-book feel, and mixture of humor, light romance, mystery, and adventure, Failstate: Legends is the perfect read for teens and adults.
Recommended for high school libraries, as well as teen collections in public libraries.
— reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2014.
Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Carol R. Gehringer