What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all? If you?re fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you?re a former jock turned freak, you can?t afford to let the secret slip. But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they?re more than just freaks?together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes. First, though, they have to decide whether to trust the mysterious Cherchette, a powerful wouldbe mentor whose remarkable generosity may come at a terrible price.
I loved Avery and his narration in this story right from the very beginning.
In a way, I can compare him to Damien in The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell. Damien was also a really likable character, but he was different in a way that I guess was more… outgoing. Socially blunt. Pushing away the world. I dunno. It’s hard to explain. Avery is quieter. Calmer, I think.
Regardless, I like both Avery and Damien a lot–as well as a lot of the other characters in both TRRX and DULL BOY. Both Sarah Cross and Chelsea Campbell scored on these characters. However, I really hope that Sarah Cross makes DULL BOY a series like Chelsea Campbell did because there a lot of ways to explore some of the great characters that I, personally, felt I didn’t get to know as well.
I liked how this book was realistic and how well Sarah Cross was able to paint the picture of the dark side in this story while keeping the tone of this book light. Nicholas and Cherchette were both creepy and mesmerizing.
This is a great story that I really enjoyed. I honestly think that fans of TRRX will like this book. The elements of each story complement her. I loved the design choices of this story, especially the comic book-style font. I really hope that the ending of this story will be put to good use for the next book if Cross does end up making one, because I think that would be really interesting. A fun superhero read. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 308