- ASIN: B09TZ177JM
- Publisher: ARR publishing llc (5 Mar. 2022)
- Language: English
- Print length: 132 pages
- Genre: Teen Action & Adventure Fiction
The BookViral Review:
With her first offering of a much-anticipated series, Rose Roach’s ‘Fireball Teen Superhero’, brings us the fast-paced backstory of young Levi’s introduction into the world of superheroes. On a chance visit to the new ‘Old Sacred Store’ in town, Levi encounters Daniel, a warm but strange old man, who sells him an ancient book, ‘Qadosh’, for the exact amount of money in his pocket. And this is where his adventure begins…
Roach blends a familiar and believable setting, divulging just enough technical detail and ‘NASA’ secrecy to enthral her young readers with her magical tale, creating the twists and turns of an exciting story that keeps you on the edge of your seat until its finale.
With an engaging, if somewhat awkward main character named Levi, Roach echoes the superhero trajectory set by Stan Lee, of Marvel fame, whose aim was to create confidence and self-belief in young people despite perceived weakness or difficulties.
Like many of our best-loved superheroes, Levi, although entirely endearing, is not the typical ‘perfect teenager’, despite being chosen by higher powers as a keeper of justice. His journey of realisation is difficult, messy and bumpy along the way, but ‘Fireball Teen Superhero’ maintains an undercurrent of understanding, morality and decency; the message that good will triumph.
On the surface, Roach brings us all things ‘boys’ in this superhero and space-based tale, and there is no doubt that her subject choice ticks all the boxes for a male audience. However, perhaps seemingly at odds with her gender-specific choices, Roach cleverly intertwines subliminal messages of accepting male vulnerability and addresses difficult issues such as neuro-diversity and loss. Furthermore, she does not shy away from teen angst, with her protagonist experiencing not only the first buds of attraction himself, but the realisation that his Mum is also subject to its influences, along with Levi’s own feelings and reactions in connection with this.
Roach’s experience as a counsellor is evident as she consciously but seamlessly interweaves Levi’s innermost emotions into her story. Young readers will come away feeling reassured that compulsive overthinking, panic attacks, depression and feelings of hopelessness are in fact entirely normal experiences as part of the human condition, and that there is a way forward.
Key to the tale are supportive relationships, not only those of peers, but encompassing the wider macro environments of relatives, good friends, and religious circles and it’s notable that although Levi is the Fireball Superhero, it is in fact, others who save him in the end…
A fully recommended five star read for young readers and those who wish to understand them, Roach delivers a solid plot, engaging characters, and a rare understanding of the teen psyche.