Publishers Weekly STARRED Review: “Otte nails the concept . . . He balances fantasy with teen hormones in a clever and page-turning debut . . . The amusing noirish atmosphere of the setting draws older readers . . . A TV show full of sequel possibilities.”
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.
A Christy Award Finalist, 2013