I loved the early-teen Miles Morales from Into the Spiderverse, and I missed that super awkwardness some in this book, but Jason Reynolds more than made up for it with this story that lets Miles take on white supremacy and win at least one battle. It would have been wonderful if Miles' problems were all solved by this victory but, sadly, Miles, like all of us, has to keep up the fight against racism until it is over. Overall, this is an enjoyable episode in Miles' story.
Can a spidey sense expire? Miles Morales is trying to work out why his Spidey sense seems to be fading while his run ins with high school instructors intensify. Is one of his teachers the trigger for his spidey sense? Is there a correlation to the nauseating buzzing bouts or is it just coincidence? He has typical teenage insecurities about girls, friends, grades, his changing body, and is mischievous to the point of being a little reckless. He’s a bit of a show off like his counter part Peter Parker with the same origin story stemming from an unfortunate encounter with a biting spider…apparently more than one got loose. Ganke, his friend and side kick, is in on Miles’ secret offering moral support as well as unwittingly giving out clues via offhand comments which lead our hero to the ultimate climax in this superhero saga.
The reader, Guy Lockhard, captures the energy, youth and gritty adventure of the Spiderman saga in his reading of this tale. He ably handles voices for the men, women, and accents for this tale set in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to the text, he has good energy adding a sense of danger and urgency in the fight scenes.
This is a fun, refreshing diversion for the ear. It’s lighthearted and amusing while delving deeper into darker scifi regions. Miles Morales’ Spiderman series has a similar origin story to the original but provides fresh adventures and additional updated skills. The author crafts great descriptive text which takes the listener with Miles onto the basketball court, his family home, the streets of NY with Ganke, in class at his private high school where he’s a scholarship student, etc. In addition to fighting crime, the Miles Morales Spiderman fights racism and social injustice which is an appropriate update to this superhero tale.
personally I think it was really good the plot was great and I like the fact that we finally got an actually book about miles morales because normally comics is all we get.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Miles. Nothing against him; he is a great superhero, but I’m a huge fan of the Peter Parker Spider-man I always thought of him as Peter Parker’s substitute. That is, until I read this book. It put me into Miles’ shoes; taught me about his background and gave me a better understanding of what life is like for him, especially in his early days. I found this book, as a Spider-fan, very thought-provoking. It completely changed my view of Miles, giving me a new level of respect for him. Because of this book, I can’t wait to see how he’s incorporated into upcoming books, comics and movies! @R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I enjoyed this take on Spider-Man a great deal and learned more about Miles Morales that I did not know. It was interesting to view his world and how he dealt with school issues and how racism played into it was it was very subtle and masterfully done. I have enjoyed Jason Reynolds other books as well.
Without being too obvious, this book asks some deep questions: Can a super hero take down white supremacy? Is racism really some evil mortal villain? What responsibility do you have for the community you come from?
I wish this book had a little more action, but I enjoyed the drama of this young spider man as he navigates home and an elite private boarding school. I have lots of love for his friend/side-kick, this cool Korean kid, that gets way more depth then Spiderman Homecoming's Filipino side-kick that spends the whole time being a fan boy.
I generally prefer superhero books to be more about the character and less about the fisticuffs. However, this book was so much about Miles Morales & his adolescent troubles that the Spider-Man element felt completely tacked on. In fact, I think it would have been a lot better if the character had been a regular teenager and not Spider-Man at all.
For a story firmly planted in the Marvel Universe but full of great characters and a well-developed plot, watch "Spider-Man: Homecoming" instead.
This book is an excellent take on Miles Morales, letting him be a teenager just as much as a superhero. There's a lot going on in the book, and it's the the author's credit that it all comes together so well. This one's going straight to my Staff Picks.
Great book! I was searching for something intriguing and thought that I should try this, it being a best-seller and all. Most of the book is suspenseful and just describing the life of the average teenager with a good and very funny friend. The book is 100% "clean" so there's nothing to be scared of when you pick it up. A couple of serious topics but that's it. If you want something adventurous and funny, here it is. Spider-Man is truly here.
Absolutely brilliant!! This is such a great novelisation that you forget about the superhero tie in, because Miles could be any teen worried about if he'll be good or bad, and whether the girl he likes likes him back. Very timely and well done, teens will enjoy this one!
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