The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

The Rise of Renegade X
by Chelsea M. Campbell
ISBN-13: 9-781606-840603
Rating: 5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I loved it!

Damien Locke knows his destiny – attending the university for supervillains and becoming Golden City’s next professional evil genius. But when Damien discovers he’s the product of his supervillain mother’s one-night stand with – of all people – a superhero, his best-laid plans are ruined.

Now forced to live with his superhero family, Damien must prove that he’s truly evil. Only he wasn’t counting on a villainous plot that threatens his new relatives’ safety and will make Damien choose who he really wants to be.

Going to extreme lengths (and heights), The Rise of Renegade X chronicles one boy’s struggles with the villainous and heroic pitfalls of growing up.

After finishing this book, I curse the fact that I don’t own more YA superhero/villain books; I was absolutely blown away by The Rise of Renegade X. It’s a snarky, fun, fantastic story about a boy who is on the path to becoming a supervillain, but just might be a superhero instead.

Damien is the son of a supervillain, and fast on his way to becoming one himself. On his sixteenth birthday, he finds out for sure if a V will appear on his thumb and declare him a proper villain. But things don’t quite go as planned. Damien suddenly finds himself living with his superhero father and participating in decidedly un-villainous activities – in fact, they’re downright heroic at times. Damien is torn between doing what is right in his heart, and what is right for a villain. The whole storyline is about choices – the choice to be a hero or a villain; to be with the girl he loves but hurt him, or the girl he likes; between his mom or his dad. Even though these choices are difficult, Damien approaches everything with a snarky wit and sense of humour that keeps his mind and heart on track.

Damien is such an easy character to connect with. He’s sweet, devious, sarcastic, loving, mischievous and fun. He’s grown up knowing he would become a proper supervillain when he turned sixteen, but had his whole life flipped upside down in seconds. Still, he took it all in stride and made the best of a unique situation. It helped that he had ex-girlfriend turned best friend Kat, and quirky new friend, possible girlfriend Sarah helping him out along the way. Kat and Sarah are vastly different characters, but both compliment Damien well, appealing to both his villain and his hero sides.

The whole world that Chelsea came up with for her book is amazing. I love the idea of cities with heroes and villains running around and being common members of society. It’s like if every DC and Marvel super-something all existed in one universe. There are even universities for heroes and villains so they can better learn their trade! Some powers belong to villains, some to heroes – it all comes down to genetics in the end. They all have costumes and secret identites, mortal enemies, evil plots, do good deeds, have families and even retire. The Rise of Renegade X is a full-blown action story with great world building and some fun characters running around. In the end you’ll be as torn as Damien – villain, or hero?

The Rise of Renegade X is part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge

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