Hero, by Mike Lupica, was provided by IJustFinished for review. And I'm glad they did!
What a fun YA novel. Fourteen year-old Zach lives in New York, plays in Central Park, and adores the rare times he gets to spend with his dad. His dad is a special assistant to the President of the United States of America. And he's a superhero. Only Zach doesn't know that, until he visits the site of his father's death in a plan crash. Soon Zach starts to experience rushes of super abilities, and two different adults that knew his father's secret vie to be his guide to the inevitable conflict with The Bads.
I have some minor nitpicks with the story, but overall I really enjoyed this story. I don't know if it's the first in a series, or stand-alone. It works either way - it sets up the world and conflict to come, but there's just enough resolution for me that I'm satisfied with the ending.
Some of my nitpicking: Zach and his best friend, Kate, go alone to a beach house for a week. There's a set-up for the battle with The Bads, as Zach's dad called them, but we only get a small glimpse of them in small skermishes and one larger event at the end. There's no real motivation shown for The Bads other than wanting Zach for their own purposes. That's just a couple of minor issues in an enjoyable book.
Hero is a quick read with a fun story that moves around New York City and touches on the possibility of a much larger world awaiting Zach.