Super Villain is a book I won through a giveaway at Goodreads. That itself proves two things, real people do win those books, and it is worth entering.
This novel grabbed my attention from the start and held it through to the very satisfying conclusion. Penny, the narrator of the story, has a unique and natural narrative voice. The book takes place in a world in which super villains and super heroes are just accepted. There is no attempt to explain them or justify their existence aside from a few ‘origin’ stories.
Penny discovers her super power. It is the ability to make fantastic inventions. She is told by her parents that she can expect the ability fade in and out before becoming reliable in about four years. Fortunately for Penny and for us, this schedule is accelerated and the fun begins.
The science fair should be a shoe in for a budding mad scientist, but Penny’s first invention doesn’t fit the mold and another student’s experiment is drawing all the attention. One of Penny’s friends tries to even the score and she finds herself part of the newest super villain team in town.
There is a lot to like about this book. Solid characters, a fun plot, a great world all contribute to the story. Still, what I enjoyed most was the development of the characters. We get to see the young villains growing up just enough for us to root for them even more. I will be waiting for the next installment of the series that I’m sure is coming.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of super heroes, and young engaging characters.