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Book 1, Failstate

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Why did Robin Laughlin (a.k.a. Failstate) think being a superhero on a reality show would be a good idea?

Things seemed so simple: Win the show, become an official, licensed hero. But with his brother, Ben (a.k.a. Gauntlet) stealing America's heart—and with Rob's own powers proving too unwieldy for TV—Failstate begins to wonder if he's going to live up to the failure in his name.

Until one of his friends and fellow competitors is murdered.

Robin vows to find the killer, and he sets out on a very real quest to unmask the hidden villain. Can Failstate find justice? Or will his lunk of a big brother ruin everything-including taking the girl who has stolen Rob's heart?

Very soon, Failstate and Gauntlet will come to blows.

Which has been the villain's plan all along.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 19, 2012 – Otte, a pastor, balances fantasy with teen hormones in a clever and page-turning debut. The narrator is 16-year-old Robin Laughlin, whose alter ego is Failstate. Failstate is one of a group of amateur superheroes competing on the reality TV show America s Next Superhero to win a government license permitting him (or her) to fight crime. Rob s older brother Ben, aka Gauntlet, is also competing, and Rob is sure his handsome and talented sibling will walk off with the honor. When one of the competitors is murdered, Rob makes it his mission to solve the crime. Ben is an obvious complication, and there s also Elizabeth, a beautiful new girl at school who flirts with both Laughlin boys, to Rob s confusion. Otte nails the concept what kid hasn t wanted to be a superhero? and fleshes it out in a way that speaks sympathetically to teens struggles. The amusingly noirish atmosphere of the setting might draw older readers. Those allergic to Christianity might be put off by religious elements, but they are organic to the plot. Otte has a TV show full of sequel possibilities; here s hoping. Ages 12 up.

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  • $2.99
  • Level: Grades 7-12
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Favorite Characters
  • Published: Apr 01, 2012
  • Publisher: Gilead Publishing
  • Seller: Gilead Publishing
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Failstate
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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