The Vindico

The Vindico

Book - 2012
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When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012
ISBN: 9780399256547
Branch Call Number: KING W
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2020

The Vindico is about 5 young teens who are kidnapped and taken to train with the Vindico, which are a group of villains with superpowers who have been at war with the Legion of Heroes. The evil mentors search for their apprentices' strengths in order to train them but also exploit their weaknesses in order to make them villains. This book was an interesting twist on the "Teen Superhero Team" subgenre that has become so popular. The teens actually learn more about themselves than they ever would have learned if they had become superheroes. I look forward to reading The Feros.

Aug 03, 2018

In a more uncommon genre of books, Wesley King brings readers The Vindico, which is based on a superhero and villain style of storytelling (usually found in graphic novels). Having a sympathetic set of main characters, the book is enjoyable for teens of all ages. It begins by introducing a different kind of climate, almost a dystopia, where the villainous figures in the Vindico abduct proteges to become the new enemies of the League of Heroes. Throughout this process, the story develops and reveals the real-life application derived from the book: confrontation of fear, rivalry, and play on emotions. These aspects culminate into a show of uniqueness in each character. Along the way is plenty of action for readers seeking intensity and a fast-paced read. Fans of superheroes will undoubtedly enjoy the creativity of the special abilities each protege has, while also containing the clever interactions and occasional humor. The book is well-put together and worth reading as a novice. Rating: 3.5 of 5
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Jul 09, 2015

The Vindico is fictional superhero novel. However it is not a conventional superhero novel as it is not from the perspective of the heroes. The book is narrated from the perspective of five children who are abducted by supervillains. Except that they are not being abducted. They are being recruited. The superheroes that are supposed to be antagonizing are their role models. This poses a dilemma to all the children in regard to their course of action. This simple change in perspective makes the book far more interesting. The book manages to capture the fear and confusion that all the children are experiencing at the time. The tongue in cheek humour of the book manages to liven the story up. It makes it so the dark plot of the story is not immediately apparent. The fact that there are five main characters also adds variety to the story. Which brings to light the most powerful element that is used throughout the book: character development. Each of the five main characters are given varying and distinct personalities. This makes it so that there are many interesting subplots between the five protagonists (the term "protagonists" is used loosely) to go along with the main plot. This acts to distract the reader from the main story line. Although this might seem like a flaw, what it is really doing is preventing the story from becoming overly thrilling or intense. Along with its jokey tone, the subplots make it so the reader is not constantly thinking about the main plot, ultimately making it a more fun book to read. That being said, the main plot is very engaging and serious which is not necessarily bad. The book simply excels as a collection of all its elements.

hey123_0 Nov 18, 2014

such a good book. balance of humor and action

Jun 02, 2013

I love this book. I stayed up all night reading it. A nice change from the regular plot of heroes and villains.

May 24, 2013

This novel is truly an amazing read and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it.The Characters are so great, they all have different personalities and are very unique with different powers.

May 18, 2013

I <3 this book. I'm so happy because I get to see Wesley King.
Best Seats :P
~In Book Club <3~

May 14, 2013

You can meet Wesley King, author of The Vindico, in person at the Central Branch of the Whitby Public Library on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.! Find all of the details here:

Sibley_3 Apr 26, 2013

I thought this was a really good book. I enjoyed how the author put different points of view, letting us get to know each character and their perspective of what was happening. I think it would be a really good superhero/villain movie kinda like the X-Men movies!

Apr 13, 2013

LOVED the book, must have read it a bajillion times. Only thing I didn't like; the names. Lana, Leni, Lyle. Sam and Sliver. And all the other League/Vindico super-odd names. But I wrote down a mentor to protégé list and it really helped. (I had to use this book for the Forest of Reading thing my school does.) Can't wait for sequel!

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WesleyKing Dec 21, 2012

What if you could have any superpower in the world?
But first you had to become a supervillain...

Kidnapped form their everyday lives, five teens are given the chance to change their fate forever. Imagine being promised the super strength to take down the school bully, the power to read your best friend's mind, or the ability to make dishes wash themselves. But to earn these gifts, the teens must go against everything they've been taught their whole lives and join a league of the world's most notorious villains: the Vindico.
Held captive in a remote mansion while being forced to train with evil mentors, the teens plot their escape. But when it becomes clear that returning to their normal lives is no longer an option, their only choice is to fight.
In this darkly funny and action-packed debut, talented new author Wesley King introduces readers to a new breed of supervillain and delivers a fast-paced cinematic adventure that will pull you in from the very first page.


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