The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Nonstop superhero action with diverse heroes and villains.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Steven seems to have a crush on Kim, but there's no time to act on it.

Language

"Hell" is used once or twice.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDenny W. December 11, 2016

Superb book for kids~!

This book is good for children as it teaches them teamwork and strategy. 4 stars!
Kid, 8 years old September 20, 2015

Good book!

It's not to bad the only violence is a few blasts of energy to the face a few gun fights and a bar fight.
Kid, 12 years old June 12, 2017

Really cool

This was one of the best books I have ever read (next to Harry Potter). There's a lot of violence, a little bit of romance, and just a little bit of langua... Continue reading

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?

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