Hero, by Perry Moore (Hyperion, 2007)

Thom Creed is not your average teenager. Blessed with amazing healing powers, trying to live down the legacy of his father, a disgraced superhero, he struggles with secrets of his own. When he goes against his father’s wishes and joins the League, the world’s foremost superhero team, as a probationary member, he quickly makes new friends and enemies. Soon, his entire world threatens to come crashing down, as old secrets are unearthed. What really happened when Thom’s mother vanished? Why was his father disgraced? And what seed of corruption has taken hold at the heart of the world’s greatest heroes? And what chance do a healer, a cranky pyrokinetic, an elderly precognitive and a boy who can make anyone sick have at saving the world? Hero is a beautiful, elegant, compelling epic coming-of-age story, in which one young man comes to terms with his sexuality, his family history, and his own grand destiny. I couldn’t put this one down. It may just be one of the best books I’ve read all year.

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