The Rise of Renegade X isn’t your typical book about teens with superpowers. Yes, there are teens with superpowers in it, but this ain’t Sky High. Written by fellow Tenner Chelsea Campbell, The Rise of Renegade X blew my socks off. Let me tell you why.
In the world Chesea created, heroism and villany are genetic. And on their sixteenth birthdays, heroes receive an H on their thumbprint, while villains receive a V. Enter Damien Locke. The story begins with his sixteenth birthday. He’s the son of a famous supervillain and expecting to get his V so that he can get into Vilmore–a supervillain school. However, instead of a V, Damien’s thumbprint rearranges into an X and he learns that his mother–gasp!–had an affair with a superhero.
From that point on, Damien has to prove his villainy all while living with his do-gooding father.
I expected a straightforward story. One that I’d enjoy. I mean I enjoyed both DullBoy and Powerless. What I wasn’t expecting was something so hysterical. I don’t think I’ve ever read a superhero book with such great YA sensibilities. Damien has a wicked sense of humor. He has to deal with an ex-girlfriend who cheated on him with his best friend, a crazy girl who knows his secret (and likes to peep him with x-ray glasses) and a superhero family that drives him crazy. This book was like Superbad meets the X-Men.
This is a great book for teens that doesn’t pull any punches. I hope there’s a sequel because I’d love to see more of Damien’s world and how he handles having his X.
Go buy it. You won’t be sorry!