Wednesday, June 26, 2013

186 . Who is AC? by Hope Larson.

Who is AC?  by Hope Larson. Illustrated by Tintin Pantoja.

Rating: (3/5)

(US) - (Canada)

Apr. 16, 2013, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 176 pgs

Age: 12+

"Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just as superpowers can travel through the ether, so can evil. As Lin starts to get a handle on her new abilities (while still observing her curfew!), she realizes she has to go head-to-head with a nefarious villain who spreads his influence through binary code. And as if that weren’t enough, a teen blogger has dubbed her an “anonymous coward!” Can Lin detect the cyber-criminal’s vulnerability, save the day, and restore her reputation?"

Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada.

I'll keep my remarks on this book short as it, unfortunately, did nothing for me.  I loved Larson's Mercury but found this to be incomparable.  The story was a pleasant diversion and the art is enjoyable thus worth a few stars and the time it took to read.  However, I just did not connect with the characters.  Honestly, I found them boring.  AC's superhero persona was so mysterious as to be baffling and nothing was really resolved in the book.  It is quite apparent that the story plans to continue with a sequel.  As to being for ages 12+, there is no content to make it so, simply the story is about highschoolers and really would not appeal to youngers (and in my case, olders).  Best suited to big Hope Larson fans.

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