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The Legion of Nothing by Jim Zoetewey

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Rated 7.89 out of 10 Statistics


Genre: Superhero / Sci-Fi

Updated: Every Few Days

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Occasional Coarse Language

Occasional Violence


Overall Rating: 7.891

Average Rating: 8.92 (Guests), 8.17 (Members)

Ranking: #15

Rating Count: 39 (24 Guests, 15 members)

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"The Legion of Nothing is entertaining reading"

I’ll be honest and say I never would have read Legion of Nothing if it hadn’t been submitted to the club.  A story about superheroes?  Superheroes are for comic books.  Superhero stories are over the top, full of overpowered goody-two-shoes with repressed god complexes. In other words, not my thing at all.

Well, shows what I know.

There are no heroes here; just a group of teenagers who have inherited a superhero league from their families.  Some of them love that; some of them don’t.  They don’t all have superpowers, and some have developed superpowers, or been ‘encouraged’ to develop superpowers, by less than ethical means.  This all leads to really fascinating reading, and I was halfway through the series before I realised it.

I love that Mr Zoetewey’s characters are authentic teenagers, but not your average spoiled-brat-socialite that seems to be the television stereotype these days.  These characters are on the cusp of adulthood, they have visions and dreams, but they still need to cope with school and their parents.  It’s a lot of pressure, having to defeat evil and still be home in time for curfew.

The story doesn’t shove morals down your throat, it’s just a tale of budding superheroes.  There doesn’t seem to be a deeper message, but the story is not lessened by that; in fact, it’s a refreshing change to watch these kids and their struggles and NOT have it turn into a tale of ‘this is what happens if you’re bad, children”.

The writing, like most serials, is patchy at best, marked by moments of brilliance, with the occasional confusing morass to wade through.  Thankfully the confusing moments are rare, but I’m not inclined to forgive them, as Mr Zoetewey’s writing is generally strong.  The pace of the story is excellent, the worldbuilding interesting, with just enough information slipped into the narrative to make it come to life without being overwhelming.  There’s plenty of tension too; and the cliffhanger moments just keep you clicking through to the next episode.

But what really made the series for me was the voice of the main character, Nick.  Nick’s tone is dryly humourous and self-depreciating, and I laughed out loud more than a few times at his observations.  It’s worth reading the story just to listen to his voice.

A brilliant, funny series, well worth your time and very enjoyable reading.

(Cross posted from the e-Fiction Book Club)

Rating: 8 / 10

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