A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence is the first prose novel by legendary comics creator Stan Lee (with Stuart Moore) and the first of a planned trilogy. It's an action-packed superhero adventure with a diverse cast of heroes and villains, illustrated by Andie Tong. Battle scenes are frequent, but no one seems to suffer any permanent damage. There's no sexual content beyond an apparent crush, and the only strong language is one or two uses of "hell."
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What's the story?
On a school trip to Hong Kong, 14-year-old Steven Lee stumbles into a strange ceremony that mixes high tech with the power of the Chinese zodiac. Unwittingly, the teen receives the powers of the Tiger, including lightning-fast reflexes and super strength. He learns that there are 11 other individuals with zodiac powers, and some of them have pledged their allegiance to the Vanguard, a corrupt organization bent on wold dominance. It's up to Steven and the others in his ragtag group of young heroes to stop Vanguard from destroying civilization.
Is it any good?
This book doesn't waste a minute before getting down to business; the superhero action starts immediately and never lets up. The constant battle scenes may come at the expense of character development and even narrative logic, but young readers weaned on DC or Marvel comics aren't likely to mind.
Andie Tong's illustrations capture the plot's sense of velocity and help differentiate characters who are a little hard to tell apart in the prose. The volume ends with a cliffhanger, but what else would one expect?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why superheroes are so popular with readers and moviegoers. What is it about the genre that appeals to such a wide audience?
Why is teamwork important? What attributes make someone a good leader?
Why is the zodiac an important part of Chinese culture?
- Authors: Stan Lee, Stuart Moore
- Illustrator: Andie Tong
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publication date: January 27, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 480
- Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
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