A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence gives a nod to actual Chinese astrology, with each of the recruits representing some aspect of the zodiac. However, the novel does not pretend to be a realistic depiction of Asian culture.
Emphasizes the importance of teamwork and standing up for your friends when they're being threatened. The division of "good" and "evil" characters is a bit simplistic, but the good guys usually prevail.
Positive Role Models
Steven Lee and his compatriots are loyal to each other, brave in the face of danger, and resourceful when confronting life-or-death challenges.
Violence & Scariness
The Zodiac Legacy is filled with superhero battles, most of which result in no real injury. Combatants' powers always seem to cancel each other out, as when someone with super strength fights someone with complete invulnerability.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Steven seems to have a crush on Kim, but there's no time to act on it.
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"Hell" is used once or twice.
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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."
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?
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