BOOK REVIEW: Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher


Seven Wonders, the second book by Adam Christopher (the first being the widely praised Empire State) is about a guy named Tony Prosdocimi who lives in San Ventura – a city crippled with fear of hooded supervillain, The Cowl. When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…

Seven Wonders is set in the American city of San Ventura, a dangerous city that is used to the strange and unusual. It is more dangerous than most cities due to the fact that it has its own super villain The Cowl, and his side-kick the mysterious Blackbird.

Luckily for San Ventura with a super villain there also comes a superhero, and this city has seven of them – the Seven Wonders (Aurora’s Light, Bluebell, Sand Cat, Linear, Hephaestus, SMART and The Dragon Star). However even with the Seven Wonders as guardians The Cowl still seems to have a strong hold over the city. Enter Tony Prosdocimi – a bored electronics salesman who overnight suddenly develops super powers. Tony decides to bring down The Cowl himself, but discovers the Seven Wonders are not happy about this. Will Tony ‘turn to the dark side’ instead?

I really enjoyed this book. It is full of twists and turns and just as you think that you know exactly what is going on Adam Christopher changes things again. You are never quite sure who is on who’s side, and that is one of the things that I liked most about this novel. It is not just a ‘superhero’ book like many others, but fully explores the human psyche, and how far people will go for revenge.

I loved the character development – finding out the backgrounds of the people involved and seeing how they changed through the book. People never seem to be who you initially think they are. The story flowed well, and the author constantly picked up the pace until you were suddenly in the middle of a great battle – which in itself was very well written. The ending was nicely finished and unlike a lot of other books didn’t feel rushed.

If you like your superhero stories (and to be honest even if you don’t) you should read Seven Wonders. It is a nice and original story in a time when the market is flooded with superheroes. You can read an extract HERE.

Rating: 5/5
Reporter: Wendy

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