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Like millions of other kids Jim grew up wanting to be a superhero Unlike most of his contemporaries however Jim actually had the goods a plethora of super powers that would have been the envy of any meta on the planet But when his tryout with the Alpha League the world's premiere group of supers goes disastrously wrong Jim basically becomes an outcast Two years later Jim is still bitter about what happened to him However he soon finds himself the centerpiece in an odd turn of events that gives him a second chance at his dream But nothing is as easy as it sounds as Jim soon discovers Among other things he’s made an enemy of a prospective super teammate he’s being stalked by an unknown pursuer and a shadowy cabal bent on world domination has identified him as the only obstacle to their plans It’s a lot for one super to handle even with a smorgasbord of abilities But if saving the world were easy everyone would do it


10 thoughts on “Sensation Kid Sensation #1

  1. says:

    When Jim otherwise known as the ‘Kid’ tried out for the superhero league he didn’t expect to become a fugitive Now on the run Jim uses his myriad of superpowers to stay anonymous while still being a good guy When the forces of evil deign to track him down for their own nefarious ends Jim is caught between the struggle of good and evil and must face temptation broken alliances and blossoming romanceSensation was a genuine surprise to me I generally don’t read male POV I do make a few exceptions – the Shift series by Kim Curran is also does excellent teen boy POV BTW and I did have to read the blurb a few times trying to read between the lines of what might actually happen in the book Of course the cover is gorgeous so that decision was easy P What can I say I like colourful shiny thingsHardman is a competent confident writer with only a few mistakes often seen in newbie tomes there was a distinct lack of character voices two different characters both happened to say ‘Voila’ when unveiling something and overuse of unneeded parenthesis and a startling and annoying repetitious habit of ‘cutting a long story short’ ‘Basically’ an awfully high percentages of sentences began with ‘essentially’ ‘over’ ‘frankly speaking ‘ultimately’ ‘in essence’ ‘in short’ ‘needless to say’ and so on It seemed like superfluous word padding and unfortunately after reading some author blog posts I also see it’s a habit in non fiction writing as wellThere was also some issues with deciding what to include as dialogue and what to summarise but it didn’t really impact the overall story and I expect Hardman to get better as he writes I’ll also add that Jim’s narrative voice didn’t seem particularly ‘teen’ but I will also point out that there is such a thing as a mature teen boy and he had important things to worry about than girls and sex and whatever else teen boys think about seriously I’m not one so I don’t knowThe plot of Sensation was really great a strong typical ‘coming of age’ plot for a teenage protagonist anonymous superhero fugitive I would have liked angst especially when it came to Jim’s absent father and there seems to have been an entire aspect missed concerning his mother as well Unfortunately as usually is with boys’ stories written from a male author the book seemed to revolve entirely around males The only females present were either sexually interested in Jim or pretending to be or his mother I guess I’m probably not the intended audience though as I highly doubt many teen boys would give a shit how many women show up in the novel and what they talk aboutOverall if you want to read a YA book from a teen boy perspective and you want to see what a really well written self published novel can do I do recommend Sensation though I don’t think I’ll be reading the seuels Thanks to the author for providing this review copy for an honest review


  2. says:

    Sensation By Kevin Hardman Narrated by Mikael Nara Most superhero stories seem to come across pretty cheesy but this one is a real winner I got hooked right away Plenty of action that was exciting and some was just down right funny I loved the uniue characters and the twists that crept up unexpectedly A great world the author has built here I definitely want to continue this series The narration is fantastic All the voices uniue and special Great job


  3. says:

    This was an enjoyable YA superhero tale It was nothing special but was entertaining enough and mixed in some fun superpowers with an action orientated plot It was the tale of 16 year old Kid Sensation a multi powered superhero as he sought to try out for the superhero teams for the second time The first time ended in a spectacular disaster It was a decent enough story Kid Sensation was a little bland but he was likeable and easy enough to root for since he was actually a real hero The issue was that none of the secondary characters were all that memorable Weirdly they all had fun superpowers but were just dull as people The plot itself was OK We got a mix of super battles and world saving as one might expect from as superhero tale as well as a bit of high school drama as Kid Sensation butted heads with a few of his new super classmates and started what seems bound to be a slow burn romance It was readable but nothing overly special That said I did enjoy this and plan on moving onto the second book in the series Rating 35 stars I'm rounding down this time Audio Note I feel like Mikael Nara did a good job with the audio


  4. says:

    Not a bad story line and premise but lacking depth to the characters 3 stars


  5. says:

    Received a free copy for a review Damn good programSensation by Kevin Hardman was pretty darn decent At first I was extremely hesitant especially when the Wanted poster of Kid Sensation the protagonist came to light He had so many abilities I was afraid the book was going to be about this over the top hero with no faults and just an extremely predictable plotA lot of this story was predictable and normally that would annoy me From view spoiler the love interest betrayal to the deadbeat out of the picture father that just so happened to be the superest of all the supers to even Jim's multitude of abilities hide spoiler


  6. says:

    I love comic books super heroes and villains fighting against one another in a perpetual struggle I love conflicted heroes and vigilantes who struggle against their inner darkness I love villains who do what they do because they don't consider themselves the villains but the heroes in their own stories I practically learned to read from comic books That's why this book was such a disappointment to me It may have gone a different way had I not loathed the main character so much From almost the very first sentence I didn't like him he had everything Telepathy telekinesis invisibility shapeshifting teleportation and on and on and on and on practically everything but super strength which as the lead pointed out many times he could fake He was a teenager which isn't bad in and of itself but this teenager took out a super hero team without hardly breaking a sweat Not only that but he and his grandfather decided for him to hold back when trying out for the local super hero team which was a decision I didn't really understand I mean if he wanted to be a hero or wanted to be famous why not show off how awesome you are? Or if you wanted to keep your abilities hidden why try out in the first place? It didn't make senseThat's not the worst part though it was plenty bad The worst part is that much of the first part of the book was told via flashback Instead of starting the story with the young Kid Sensation about how he got his first power when a bully picked on him or about the try outs or going through high school while all this was happening to him or training with his grandfather that stuff is told in flashbacks The initial scene has us watching him be a bounty hunter while under disguise as Mohawk We then see his fancy apartment and all his super powers and so on which just made this I don't know Bestest With The Mostest vibe After that it was hard to feel sympathy for the character at all Why should we? He had all of these advantages and yet still finds stuff to complain about? Granted he's a teenager but he's a teenager Should he really be besting the premier super hero team? And should we be seeing it in a flashback? If we had grown up with him watched him be bullied by mean kids and how he developed his first powers and how awkward it was to have all this then maybe it might have worked Instead we get page after page of past tense battles and shenanigans which put me to sleep When it wasn't boring it was almost painful to listen to Last thing off the top of my head at least I know it's a YA book but the lead character didn't sound like a kid not in the slightest The way he spoke as it's in first person POV was way too adult at times using words like ubiuitous Granted I know what ubiuitous means but the average kid isn't going to One shouldn't dumb it down for young adults but the way the lead character spoke didn't sound like a young adult at all That was another thing which made it hard to relate to himThere are however a couple of bright spots The narrator was very good and I enjoyed his voice I think I'll have to cleanse my audio palette before trying him again but try him again I shall He had a lot of emotion in his voice and he did the best with what he was given For the text itself? The lead character was African American which made me really happy There are so few minority protagonists that I feel this must be pointed out I really wish I liked the protagonist at all but I appreciate seeing minorities in positions of power AND on top of it the author called out racism within the book which was great It's not enough for me to bump it to 2 stars even but it was good to see that I also liked Brain Trust The idea for BT was really uite interesting but we didn't see enough of him or herOverall I would definitely pass on this book While the narrator was excellent and there were a couple of bright spots the book overall felt like watching a train wreck except without the compulsive 'can't look away' aspect This book was given to me for free at my reuest and I provided this voluntary review


  7. says:

    Let me just say that I wish novels where written in this genre I love my comic books but novels will always be my first love and there was a series of short story collections I read back in the 1990's that had super heroes in them and I loved them The stories where by some of the best authors of the time and I would like to say that this one could have been included among them The story is well paced and detailed enough that you get the idea of the world very fast The idea of super beings is one that is hard to write without getting into something that has gone before and sounding overly rehashed but even though some of those elements exist here from both movies and comics the way they are used here is very interesting if not uniue at least it isn't as rehashed as some stories I have read in the past where things are almost a word for word copy The Academy is actually the only real issue I have with the book Mostly because in most worlds that have super heroes they have them and even in the Marvel and DC worlds they do not press the issue of how bad the government would want to control super powered peoples or exactly how badly they would be discriminated against If we as a race cannot overcome our hatred of ourselves in a world without powered individuals by discriminating race and sexual orientation then how would we as a race react to supers? The book is an amazingly fun read and I would love to see another This book is generally good for teens and I would even say younger people Though I would like to mention that the deaths in the book should probably have had of an impact on Jim than they did Once again this is my opinion and should be taken as such but a young man of his age confronted with death as he was should have had a serious reactionEither way a good book and one I would gladly tell others to read


  8. says:

    Two years ago Kid Sensation Jim had a disastrous tryout for the Alpha League the world's premier super hero team He's spent the last two years working as bounty hunter Mohawk and trying to develop and hone his abilities He uickly gets pulled into a plot involving a mysterious group of evil doers who are trying to take down the league and rule the worldI thoroughly enjoyed the novel I thought Jim was a likely kid who stuck by his principles and generally tried to do the right thing He has a uniue lineage being descended from alien royalty and the world's greatest telepath and this has gifted him with a plethora of abilities His skill set was almost too much so much so that an entirely new power is introduced utilized and uickly forgotten about within about ten pages At one point his mentor Braintrust comments on his skills and remarks that Jim doesn't need teleportation AND super speed because they are basically the same thing I found myself agreeing with him and probably would have liked to see Jim make due with only a few good abilities and give the other characters a bit breathing roomThe pace of the book was good and very easy to follow There are moments where the novel jumps to the evil doers perspective and I don't think that really advanced the story and probably could have been omitted There is also a twist at the end that was easy to figure out and the moment it happens could have been fleshed out a little bit Jim is very mature for his age and often makes very rational adult decisions so perhaps it was handled in line with that It was very refreshing to read a novel told from a male's perspective and I appreciated that there weren't any real attempts to slide in a romance sub plotI was given a copy of the novel in exchange for a review


  9. says:

    Cool just damn cool Yes he has a lot of powers and yes he's still being something of a pain about not having all of them makes sense as people always want what they don't have I like him being cocky because it's a good defense from the crap in the worldUp there in my meta books fun read looking to getting the other books


  10. says:

    I don't often stumble upon a good superhero novel but this one had all the one points for me sympathetic hero interesting setting and a cliche in just the right way plot After a disastrous tryout for the Alpha League Jim plays superhero in the shadows But he's not a vigilante he has his grandfather and a powerful superintelligence called BT helping him capture and turn in supervillains secretly It's only when trouble really begins to rise that he realizes he'll have to embrace who he is Kid Sensation in order to save the worldI loved Jim's voice throughout the piece; he comes across as very human in spite of all the powers he has and all the training his grandfather has given him He and the other characters bring the story to life and it's rather larger than life in some ways just like a superhero comic might beIf you enjoy comics and superheroes I highly recommend this story