New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, someone close to her is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis.
Outside, things aren’t going all that great either. There’s a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it’s affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it’s up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right?
Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive, and you know what they say about supervillains. If you can’t beat them…join them.
Supervillains Anonymous is an improvement on Superheroes Anonymous in almost every way: the pacing is better, there is good action, and some of the best updates on the genre can be found here. If this were a sequel, I’d be singing its praises like whoa because sequels rarely improve on the first book. But this isn’t a sequel.
It’s a continuation.
If these two books were a roller coaster, Superheroes Anonymous did all the heavy lifting, tugging the car up to the top of the hill. Supervillains Anonymous gets to take advantage of gravity and zip right along. Of course it is going to be better than the first book: the first book did the hard part.
I suspected at the end of the first book that this had been one book cut into twain. You can’t convince me otherwise now. Don’t be fooled by the summary. She doesn’t join the supervillains. She never even considers it. As close as she gets is hiring one for help, and she’s not even that much a villain. It’s a heck of a lot of fun, but if you were actually expecting her to even consider going rogue, you’ll be disappointed.
If these books had been pushed as one complete title, I’d recommend it without any question because together they are a full satisfying story. As it stands, it’s harder to. The first book suffers for having been split as it does and the second book is fun but doesn’t live up to the premise of its summary. I’ll also never like the thought of anyone paying twice for a single product.
Overall, I do think the books are worth a read, but read them back-to-back and maybe try to pick one of them on sale. It’s a good book, singular, and should be priced as such.
Verdict: Buy It
Available: June 30