Title: Wanted: Hero Prelude to a Hero
Series: Chronicles of a Hero
Author: Jaime Buckley
Genre: Sci-fi Fantasy
Category: Teen/Young Adult
BLURB (taken from Goodreads)
Wendell is a young man who learns what his potential is while on a strange, enchanted world with a funny old wizard and ugly troll to mentor and guide him. Prelude to a Hero, the debut book about how Wendell came to be the one expected to save an entire world. . . by accident.
Wanted: Hero isn’t the type of book I usually read. When it comes to intergalactic sci-fi stories, I tend to be very picky. And what really intrigued me about Hero is the fact that it is the full novel of its comic version and Jaime Buckley had written the book (comic/novel) with a sole purpose of reaching out to kids nowadays, to inspire them to reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams. How awesome is that?
There were a few things about this book that really impressed me. Jaime Buckley’s narration style was one of them. It was very different and full of wicked humors that had me laughing and smiling occasionally. He made Wendell, the MC, seemed truly relatable. Wendell’s struggle with his confidence was realistic and genuine. Every kid, boys and girls, faces the same issue as Wendell’s every day and being an unlikely hero, Wendell chooses not to walk away from challenges but instead faces them like a real, well…‘hero’.
I was deeply inspired by some thoughts Jaime Buckley put in some of his narration. One of my favorites is as below (found on Chapter 8):
There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential.
An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on.
The choice is never simple. It’s never easy. It’s not supposed to be.
But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart.
…The rest is just practice.
I could only say it was well said and very thought-provoking indeed. How can anyone not be inspired by those words? It was such a clever effort of incorporating words of wisdom in this book without sounding too preachy or unoriginal.
Another element of this book that I loved was its rich setting. The author had done a great job of building the world of Elama, providing vivid details of how the planet look like, the sanctuary, the food and as well as its inhabitants. At first, I had to admit that I struggled to connect with Wendell, trying to understand all the crazy things that happened to him as well as the story itself. I even wondered whether I will like the book or not. But toward the end, I seemed to enjoy the adventure and the plot was okay for me but I’m going to have to do some rereads. As for the side characters, I was super excited when Wendell is introduced to a girl, Kyliene. But my excitement was short-lived but hopefully Wendell will find some romance again in the next book. And also some trusted companions his age other than Dax.
Overall, Wanted: Hero is a delightful book, packed with wild imaginations and inspirations. It’s a rarity that a YA book contains the combination of those three things but Wanted: Hero has them. Seriously, you don’t want to miss reading this book in your lifetime.
Rating: 4 stars of 5!
*Disclosure: This review was written upon the author's request. That said, I wasn't compensated whatsoever for writing this review and receiving a review copy directly from the author certainly did not reflect the way I rated or review the book.