Villain

Michael Grant, 1954-

Book - 2018

In a world where monsters do battle with superpowered humans, Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and a new mutant with unmatched powers must stop a failed stand-up comic who can now control anyone with the power of his voice.

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Series
Grant, Michael, 1954- Gone novel.
Subjects
Genres
Science fiction
Paranormal fiction
Horror fiction
Superhero fiction
Published
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: Monster.
Physical Description
323 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
0062467875
9781405291545
9780062467874
1405291540
Main Author
Michael Grant, 1954- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Grant's follow-up to Monster? (2017) has more of a predictable "baddie-of-the-week" feel than the nuanced exploration of what it means to be monstrous that his previous books have had. This time, the heroes affected by the meteor ("the Rockborn"), still scattered after the FAYZ, are all brought together to fight a common cause: stopping the newly created supervillain, the Charmer, from annihilating Las Vegas. Still at play are the seven meteors headed for Earth, spreading the alien virus further. Grant has a clear trajectory for this series, which is slowly ramping up to something more epic than anything we've seen. The Watchers—shadowy, unseen figures who whisper menacingly to the Rockborn—still haven't revealed their true purpose. New mutant Francis is unaffected by the Watchers, which may make her the most valuable Rockborn of all in books to come. This entry in the series meanders at times and feels overall like the buildup before all hell breaks loose. Nevertheless, Grant's fans will relish the familiar faces, high-octane action, and, of course, the carnage. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Grant returns to the FAYZ, the gruesome site of his best-selling Gone series, in a heart-stopping follow-up. Four years ago, Shade Darby witnessed the alien dome that trapped the children of Perdido Beach inside with a virus finally fall away. Now her father is tracking seven meteors that are speeding toward Earth, carrying the same alien virus that "rewrote the laws of physics . . . and turned random teen sociopaths into superpowered killers," and she intends to find one before it falls into the wrong hands. Grant's modern take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde narrative ratchets up the gore and action, and features a diverse cast of characters who are forced to confront the monstrous aspects of their identities as their bodies morph into deadly, powerful creatures. Fans of Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker, 2010) will appreciate this evocative, intricately plotted companion series that delves into similar issues of bioethics and gray areas of morality. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—The next entry of the popular science fiction/fantasy series focuses on Shade Darby, the daughter of scientists. She lost her mother and appears disconnected from her father. Acting with friends, she intends to alter the course of events beginning with intercepting an alien rock. Other characters from the previous books, including Dekka, are also present. Readers are left with little to decipher regarding character development. Grant plainly describes a character's thoughts and personality; much is said before it is shown. While attempts are made to portray diversity in terms of race and sexual orientation, the characters remain flat. Violence is followed by more violence without the benefit of it being artfully described. Fans of this very popular series will no doubt clamor for this most recent addition, and libraries will want to satisfy their desire to see the series' continuation. VERDICT Purchase where the series is popular.—Maureen Sullivan, Calumet City Public Library, IL Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In a world where monsters do battle with superpowered humans, Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and a new mutant with unmatched powers must stop a failed stand-up comic who can now control anyone with the power of his voice.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When the alien virus-infested rock that created the FAYZ starts generating a rampaging horde of monsters, superheroes Dekka, Shade, Malik and Armo, accompanied by a new mutant of unmatched powers, help defend humanity from a murderous Dillon Poe. 5, first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Acclaimed author Michael Grant's globally bestselling Gone series continues with Villain, where old foes return and new ones rise, with action-packed scenes, gory battles, and plot twists that will leave readers scrambling for more. It's been four years since the events of GONE. The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors within have spread. The alien virus-infested rock that created the FAYZ is creating monsters'monsters that walk the cities and countryside, terrorizing all.There are tanks in the street and predator drones in the sky, doomed efforts to stop the disintegration of civilization. Into this chaos comes a villain with the power to control anyone with just the sound of his voice. Dillon Poe wanted to be a comedian once . . . but everyone made fun of him. Dillon the loser. Dillon the freak. Now he's sending thousands to their death. Who's laughing now? The only people who can stop a superpowered villain are superpowered heroes. Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and a new mutant with unmatched powers, are all that stand in Dillon's way. But when the lines begin to blur between hero and villain'some begin to wonder who's really the monster.Praise for Monster:'Ratchets up the gore and action, and features a diverse cast of characters. An evocative, intricately plotted companion series.' 'ALA BooklistRead the entire series:GoneHungerLiesPlague Fear LightMonster Villain Hero

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Acclaimed author Michael Grant’s globally bestselling Gone series continues with Villain, where old foes return and new ones rise, with action-packed scenes, gory battles, and plot twists that will leave readers scrambling for more. It’s been four years since the events of GONE. The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors within have spread. The alien virus-infested rock that created the FAYZ is creating monsters—monsters that walk the cities and countryside, terrorizing all.There are tanks in the street and predator drones in the sky, doomed efforts to stop the disintegration of civilization. Into this chaos comes a villain with the power to control anyone with just the sound of his voice. Dillon Poe wanted to be a comedian once . . . but everyone made fun of him. Dillon the loser. Dillon the freak. Now he’s sending thousands to their death. Who’s laughing now? The only people who can stop a superpowered villain are superpowered heroes. Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and a new mutant with unmatched powers, are all that stand in Dillon’s way. But when the lines begin to blur between hero and villain—some begin to wonder who’s really the monster.Praise for Monster:“Ratchets up the gore and action, and features a diverse cast of characters. An evocative, intricately plotted companion series.” –ALA BooklistRead the entire series:GoneHungerLiesPlague Fear LightMonster Villain Hero