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After the Golden Age
After the Golden Age
Author: Carrie Vaughn
It's not easy being a superhero's daughter... — Most people dream of having superheroes for parents, but not Celia West. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world's greatest champions, she has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she's ever done is win a silver medal in a high school swim meet.  M...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780765325556
ISBN-10: 0765325551
Publication Date: 4/12/2011
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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I am a fan of Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series and have read all of the other books that she has written and enjoyed them. When I heard that she had written a new book, with super heroes I was stoked. I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. This was an interesting and very solid book, I enjoyed reading it.

Celia West is the daughter of two very famous super heroes but doesn't have any super powers herself. As such, she is frequently kidnapped (to the point where is it almost boring) to be used against her parents. She has tried very hard to lead a life of her own and has been fairly successful at it. When an old foe of her parents', The Destructor, is up for trial she gets pulled into the whole mess again as she is called both to help with the trial through her work and to testify. Celia did something when she was younger, something that was wrong, and she has been atoning for it her whole life. Now with crime on the rise again and the Destructor's trial coming up; it looks like Celia will be in the thick of it all matter how hard she tries to stay out of it.

This was a very well done book. The characters are likable and easy to relate too. Celia is very down to earth, yet determined to do what's right. I was impressed with her determination and steadfastness. The side characters in the book are well done, if not exceptional, and make for a good story.

The plot of the book was well done and has some great twists in it. This ends up being more of a mystery than anything. I did like how the plot has some focus around what happens to super heroes as they decline and I liked how there was also focus around how you can be a super hero without powers.

The story gets a bit cliched at points, for example using the old "radiation gave us our powers" plot device, but for this story it works. My only other issue is that at times the writing style comes across as a bit too straight-forward and simplistic for me; but that is a small quip since I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The story wraps up nicely and I doubt we will see more books featuring Celia; although I wouldn't rule out more books set in this world. I have been finding that Vaughn always writes very solid books that are enjoyable reads. They are never exceptional and never blow me away; but they are always a solid read and I am always glad I took the time to read them.

Overall an excellent read. Loved the super hero plot elements and how Celia deals with everything even though she is powerless (so to speak). Some nice plot twists, the characters are well done and likable. If you like super heroes, or like reading about a normal person struggling in a world of powerful people this is the book for you. I will definitely be reading Vaughn's future books.
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This is a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed the colorful characters, the humor and the dysfunctional family dynamics. Better than average superhero tale.