Failstate by John Otte

Failstate by John OtteReview by Jill Williamson

Robin Laughlin (aka. Failstate) is a contestant in a reality TV show called America’s Next Superhero. His goal? To become an official, licensed superhero. It doesn’t help matters that his powers are often out of control, that his handsome big brother is wining the hearts of the voters, or that Robin can’t even remove his mask or viewers would shriek from fright. When one of his competitors is murdered, Robin sets out to find the killer, hoping for justice and to prove he’s no failure. 

Now, this is what has been missing from bookstore shelves! John Otte’s Failstate combines mystery, action, humor, romance, and faith all in one rip-roaring superhero tale. Readers will cheer for Failstate—a rookie hero without a license—as he tries to solve a murder, control his unstable powers, and not get voted off the show America’s Next Superhero. Otte provides short, cliffhanger chapters, deep characters, and a breathless pace that will keep young readers up all night. I highly recommend this book for everyone. It’s that much fun. 

Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: contemporary fantasy/superheroes
Part of a Series: yes
Pages: 416
Publisher: Marcher Lord Press
Released: 2012

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