The Vindico

The Vindico

Book - 2012
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When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780399256547
Branch Call Number: KIN
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm

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DuhFlushTechInc
Jul 09, 2015

The Vindico is fictional superhero novel. However it is not a conventional superhero novel as it is not from the perspective of the heroes. The book is narrated from the perspective of five children who are abducted by supervillains. Except that they are not being abducted. They are being recruited. The superheroes that are supposed to be antagonizing are their role models. This poses a dilemma to all the children in regard to their course of action. This simple change in perspective makes the book far more interesting. The book manages to capture the fear and confusion that all the children are experiencing at the time. The tongue in cheek humour of the book manages to liven the story up. It makes it so the dark plot of the story is not immediately apparent. The fact that there are five main characters also adds variety to the story. Which brings to light the most powerful element that is used throughout the book: character development. Each of the five main characters are given varying and distinct personalities. This makes it so that there are many interesting subplots between the five protagonists (the term "protagonists" is used loosely) to go along with the main plot. This acts to distract the reader from the main story line. Although this might seem like a flaw, what it is really doing is preventing the story from becoming overly thrilling or intense. Along with its jokey tone, the subplots make it so the reader is not constantly thinking about the main plot, ultimately making it a more fun book to read. That being said, the main plot is very engaging and serious which is not necessarily bad. The book simply excels as a collection of all its elements.

hey123_0 Nov 18, 2014

such a good book. balance of humor and action

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NinjaRed17
Jun 02, 2013

I love this book. I stayed up all night reading it. A nice change from the regular plot of heroes and villains.

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rev905
May 24, 2013

This novel is truly an amazing read and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it.The Characters are so great, they all have different personalities and are very unique with different powers.

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BenafshaNiaz
May 18, 2013

I <3 this book. I'm so happy because I get to see Wesley King.
Best Seats :P
~In Book Club <3~

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Bookaddict31
May 14, 2013

You can meet Wesley King, author of The Vindico, in person at the Central Branch of the Whitby Public Library on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.! Find all of the details here: http://www.whitbylibrary.on.ca/node/2933

Sibley_3 Apr 26, 2013

I thought this was a really good book. I enjoyed how the author put different points of view, letting us get to know each character and their perspective of what was happening. I think it would be a really good superhero/villain movie kinda like the X-Men movies!

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Daniela_11
Apr 13, 2013

LOVED the book, must have read it a bajillion times. Only thing I didn't like; the names. Lana, Leni, Lyle. Sam and Sliver. And all the other League/Vindico super-odd names. But I wrote down a mentor to protégé list and it really helped. (I had to use this book for the Forest of Reading thing my school does.) Can't wait for sequel!

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BlackHearts
Mar 16, 2013

I like this book, but it needed a something. It was kind of sad that they didn't figure out that they were fighting on the wrong side though.

NorthleaAM Mar 06, 2013

I thought this book was good but could have been better. This book reminded me of The Mark of Athena and a book I used to read called.NERDS. It reminded me of Mark of Athena because there was five characters narrarating both books. I don't really remember NERDS but I think it had the same superhero concept

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Oct 08, 2013

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rayyou94 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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rev905
May 24, 2013

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May 18, 2013

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Jul 10, 2012

juliabrillinger thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 17

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WesleyKing Dec 21, 2012

What if you could have any superpower in the world?
But first you had to become a supervillain...

Kidnapped form their everyday lives, five teens are given the chance to change their fate forever. Imagine being promised the super strength to take down the school bully, the power to read your best friend's mind, or the ability to make dishes wash themselves. But to earn these gifts, the teens must go against everything they've been taught their whole lives and join a league of the world's most notorious villains: the Vindico.
Held captive in a remote mansion while being forced to train with evil mentors, the teens plot their escape. But when it becomes clear that returning to their normal lives is no longer an option, their only choice is to fight.
In this darkly funny and action-packed debut, talented new author Wesley King introduces readers to a new breed of supervillain and delivers a fast-paced cinematic adventure that will pull you in from the very first page.

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