Wednesday 7 March 2012

Hero-Type - Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga
Houghton Mifflin Company
eISBN 9780547076638
ISBN 9780547248776

Kevin Ross is a hero, in his high school, his town of Brookdale, his state and even the nation, for he is a young man who single-handedly stopped a serial killer. He jumped on his back and put him in a strangle hold while a girl from his school who was about to become the next victim called 911. But what nobody knows is why Kevin was there in the first place and what he was doing. But Kevin does and it is tearing him to pieces. But just as quickly as he was placed upon the pedestal, he is torn down, as it gets reported that he takes 'Support Our Troops' magnets from the car the Mayor got him a deal on, and puts them in the trash. Soon he is being threatened, attacked and in a worse place than when people just ignored him. But no one stops to ask why he took them off. Soon Kevin is in a heated debate and battle with the school jock about flag-burning, the pledge of allegiance and what does it mean to support the troops.
This was the third of the books set in Brookdale that I have read. I find it interesting how Lyga can create so many different and yet all intense stories set in the same small town, with minor overlaps in characters. It's funny, but I think I would have liked going to this school and would have loved being in the Council of Fools. They are great stories for teens to read to show them different sides of hard situations, but also for adults to read to be reminded of what teens go through. This story was very interesting to read because of all the political drama and tensions. But it all comes down to what is a hero really, and what should we do with a platform once it has been given to us. It was another great read by an incredible storyteller!

Books by Barry Lyga:
I Hunt Killers:
I Hunt Killers (2012)
Game - I Hunt Killers #2 (2013)

Blood of My Blood - I Hunt Killers # 3 (2014)

I Hunt Killers Short Stories:
Down Time (2018)
Lucky Day (2014)
Career Day (2012)
Neutral Mask (2013)
Blood Boy (2014)

Brookdale High:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006)
Boy Toy (2007)
Hero Type (2008)
Goth Girl Rising (2009)

Bang (2017)

Archvillain #1 (2010)
The Mad Mask - Archvillian #2 (2011)
Yesterday Again - Archvillian #3 (2013)

The Flash Series:
Hocus Pocus (2017)
Johnny Quick (2018)
Tornado Twins (2018)

Other Books By Barry Lyga:
Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A definitive Guide (with Alison A.W. Lyga - 2004)
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever (2009)
MangaMan (with Colleen Dorren 2011)

Unsoul'd (2013)
After The Red Rain (2015)
The Secret Sea (2016)
Thanos Titan Consumed (2018)
The Hive (2019)


Short Story Project 2017
The Ghosts at 95
Loving The University
The Ideas of March
Four Minutes
Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend
Her Decade
The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition)
Trading Worlds
When I Die
The Autopsying of Michael Edward Morgan
Meet Me Tonight

Contributed to:
Geektastic (2009)
Who Done It? (2013)

Author Profile and Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Profile and Interview with Randall Banner

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