Archvillain

Archvillain

Book - 2010
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Twelve-year-old Kyle Camden develops greater mental agility and superpowers during a plasma storm that also brings Mighty Mike, an alien, to the town of Bouring, but while each does what he thinks is best, Kyle is labeled a villain and Mike a hero.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780545196505
9780545196499
Branch Call Number: LYG
Characteristics: 180 p

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grinninggirl
Jul 06, 2013

Hang in there-- by the third book Kyle has finally become self aware. A little far-fetched, even for sci-fi, but there's so little else out there to stretch a kid'simaginationsout of our universe.

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MEWKYOGRE
Mar 18, 2012

Archvillian is a good book.

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wordweaver
Jan 26, 2012

I was disappointed with this book. The antagonist, Mighty Mike, is using his super-powers to help people in trouble. The protagonist (Archvillain) tries to defeat Mike's efforts, believing that he is doing a favour to the citizens of his town, when in reality he is only jealous of Mike and wants to get rid of him. The book was a little like the movie Megamind, except that, unlike the movie, there was no redemption of the main character and Archvillain remains evil and jealous to the last page.

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Ubalstecha
Aug 16, 2011

Thanks to his pranks, Kyle is the most popular kid in town. He has managed to prank everyone, his teachers, his peers and the police. He was setting up one of those pranks when the plasma storm hit. He was knocked unconscious and woke up three days later smarter, invulnerable to pain and able to fly.

And he's not the only one. A teenager was found after the storm, suffering from amnesia and possessing powers similar to Kyle's. Mike, as the boy comes to be known, quickly becomes the most popular kid in town, displacing Kyle. This makes Kyle very jealous, and he begins to plan a pranks to expose Mike as the fake he thinks he is.

Unfortunately, these pranks quickly get out of hand, and Kyle is painted as a villain who is out to hurt all. Can Kyle convince the town that Mike isn't the goody two-shoes he seems? Can he avoid capture by the authorities as he learns to master his own powers.

This book was a difficult read, because it was quite obvious to me that Kyle is a self-centred, jerk who can't handle his demotion to second banana in the kids eyes. And it was hard to have any sympathy for him, and when you can't empathize with the main character, it makes reading a book a tough slog. Too bad, because author Barry Lyga has proved before that he is a very competent author who is not afraid to deal with tough topics head on, treating his readers with a respect and maturity that many others lack.

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