Superheroes Anonymous 1 & 2
November 18, 2014 | June 30, 2015
Let me start by saying that if you've read SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS, wasn't wowed by it, and decided to quit the series, then I suggest you reconsider that decision and pick up SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS. If you're new to the series and would like to try it, then I strongly suggest that you read both books back to back. Here's why:
SUPERHEROES is like a long, but very entertaining and snarky introduction to this superhero fantasy. Unlike urban fantasy, Lexie Dunne's make believe world isn't riddled with complex heirarchies, foreboding prophecies, or a group of people heralding the coming of the ultimate hero. If you're familiar with, or love, Marvel and DC superheroes then you'll get acclimated to this world right away.
That made reading SUPERHEROES such a breeze, and a delightful one at that. I have to admit though, there's not much character development here except for Gail Godwin, aka Hostage Girl, turning into a Class C superhero herself and getting inducted into the superhero world. She's the normal girl every super villain wants to kidnap not just to rile up The hero of the moment, Blaze, but to add to their own notoreity as well. Girl was pretty much static in this book, everything is new to her, she's like a deer in headlights, not much facet to her character except for having such an interesting personality. So I understand why some people felt unimpressed by it. We're used to the hero going through something difficult and they come out of it valiantly. That happened but not until the end.
Yet another reason why you should read this back to back. SUPERHEROES ended in a big cliffhanger!
Which is why I recommend reading SUPERVILLAINS because this follow-up changed the whole landscape of the series completely! That character development, personal struggle, huge fight scenes, layered conflict, the whole shebang that readers were looking for in SUPERHEROES are in SUPERVILLAINS. Though the sequel is a short novel, running at around 200 pages or less, it completed the series (so far) and added a lot of depth and range to the world LDunne created. For the record, I love the villains in this series too. They're an interesting bunch and the prison where they're being kept is unlike anything I've ever heard, seen, or encountered.
So yes, I absolutely loved and had fun reading SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS and SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS. Although frankly I don't know why it's "anonymous" because LDunne didn't really make a big play of their anonymity since the characters moved within their world so their identities weren't kept super secret. In any case, I love LDunne's sense of humor, I love how she fleshed out her characters, how she fused the heroes and the villains into one action-packed, homogenous, fantastical story! I hope there are more books coming!