Publication: 14th June 2012/Putnam Juvenile.
Buy It: Amazon
"The Vindico are a group of supervillains who have been fighting the League of Heroes for as long as anyone can remember. Realizing they’re not as young as they used to be, they devise a plan to kidnap a group of teenagers to take over for them when they retire—after all, how hard can it be to teach a bunch of angsty teens to be evil?
Held captive in a remote mansion, five teens train with their mentors and receive superpowers beyond their wildest dreams. Struggling to uncover the motives of the Vindico, the teens have to trust each other to plot their escape. But they quickly learn that the differences between good and evil are not as black and white as they seem, and they are left wondering whose side they should be fighting on after all . . ."
Five teenagers are kidnapped and become protegees to super-villains. They learn how to use powers and some get capes. However, when the line between good and bad blurs, these teens may just have to choose a side.
The Vindico possesses a very simple writing style that is better aimed towards a younger age group. It is stuck between trying to make the content more mature yet the writing lets it down.
King also got caught in the ever dangerous story no-no: introducing too many characters at one time. You meet the five protegees chapter after chapter so when you get to chapter Six you do not actually remember the first character you read about. Add five more characters, the super villains as well as the super heroes and that is just too many characters for 272 pages. The characters in turn are not well developed and all the protegees seem to take the whole situation in their strode.
The book has insta-love in it also, which is BAD on this blog. Thankfully, it does not play a huge part in the book so it was easy to skip past.
The book relies heavily on the concept of death but it is talked about in an uncomfortable way. I know super-villains do not really have much care for causing someone death but these super-villains talk about death in a strange way where they convey no emotion; no pride or regret. It was just strange to read for me. As writing, it did not read well at all.
Despite the interesting concept of "X-Men meets Breakfast Club", King fails to execute a story that would connect with anyone.