Ages 12 and up
“Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you’re on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.”
Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.
But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.
As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical benefits of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.
It’s time for Miles to suit up.
Thanks to the recent Spiderman movie my love for this era of Marvel greatness was reignited and hope has returned that something good from these characters will happen.
Being a Marvel fan I knew of Morales and have read some of his storylines, albeit not as much as Peter Parker, so I jumped at the chance to check out this new book.
I thought Reynolds did a good job with a difficult storyline especially given the current socio-economic atmosphere in the States. Considering the age group this book is written for I liked how the normal ‘teenage’ line was played out; it reminded me a lot of how they handled the Peter Parker character in the recent movie by aging him down compared to the other movies.
His descriptive prose evokes some great imagery so you could easily see yourself walking through Brooklyn and feeling what Miles did as he struggled to deal with being a Hispanic/African American kid in the States which has a long history of racism problems.
Along with bringing Morales to the forefront at a time when Spiderman craze is sweeping the human conscious again, I liked that Reynolds fleshed out even the minor/background characters so you feel like you get a good idea on how everyone is important to the story.
Even though we know Miles became the new Spiderman after Parker died in the storyline a few years ago the fact they chose to name this with his name in Bold and above the name Spiderman should give you some idea that the focus will be more on him as a person rather than his ‘superhero’ side.
The only problem I had was that it seemed to simplify his origins and leave out important details so if you’re a fan who is very familiar with his storyline you might feel a bit disappointed but to those who are novices to the character won’t have this issue. It was obviously written to appeal to a large audience and not just long time fans.
Reynolds definitely wrote this for a younger audience so you should have no problem allowing your young reader to check this out.
Thank you to Netgalley and Disney Book Group for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com