Book Review by Aarene Storms: After the Golden Age

Friday, September 23, 2011

By Aarene Storms, Youth Services Librarian, Richmond Beach Library, KCLS

After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

Forensic accountant Celia West is the daughter of superheroes Captain Olympus and Spark, but her only "talent" seems to be a gift for getting kidnapped and held for ransom. When the insane supervillian Simon Sito (aka The Destructor) is captured and prosecuted for tax evasion, Celia finds her chance to help bring evil to justice. However, her investigation uncovers a conspiracy that might be the key to the origin of Commerce City's superheroes...and more.

Fast action, excellent writing, great characters, a unique setting, a little romance, and some tactful off-page sexual situations. This book is written and published for adults, but it will be welcomed by teen readers of superhero fiction.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and up.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

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