Hi guys and welcome to the first day of the Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour! Read on for a synopsis of the story by debut author Lee Blauersouth and my review. Hint: I stayed up very late reading this book, it completely sucked me in and I can’t wait for the next one!
Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: 15 March 2018
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing
Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.
But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?
About the author:
After about a decade drawing comics independently or with small presses, Lee started writing prose out of a combination of peer pressure and spite, then continued out of attachment to their favorite made-up people. They live in Minnesota even though it is clearly not a habitat humans were ever meant to endure, with their lovely wife/editor, the world’s most perfect baby, and books in every room of the house.
If you like categories, they’re an ENFJ Slytherin Leo. If you’re looking for demographics they’re an agender bisexual with a couple of disabilities. If you’re into lists of likes: Lee loves comics, classical art, round animals, tattoos, opera, ogling the shiner sciences, and queer stuff. Please have a look around and get to know their work!
This book is so much more than a story about superheros and supervillians, it’s a story about people accepting themselves and others for exactly as they are. It’s also about people’s expectations of one another, how that changes your perception of them and the fear that your loved ones may not be able to accept you as you.
I was quickly drawn into the world of Opal, Issac, Jamie and Yale. It is a story I believe needs to be told for it addresses several issues concerning the queer community as well as disabilities and the impact these issues have on young people and the people trying to care for them. One thing I do think the author needs to do though, is provide a trigger warning at the start of the book concerning ableism and systematic racism. The issues are resolved to an extent in the book, but going in blind can cause some readers to be upset, something I’m sure the author did not intend.
My favourite part of the book is Yale’s relationship with Solomon/Helix/Papa. Helix is Solomon’s superhero name but to Yale, he is simply Papa, the man who stepped in to bring xyr up. He is not Yale’s birth father, but loves xyr no less. Yale is agender and it takes Solomon a while to realise this, but once he does he simply asks Yale what to call him instead of his daughter. Yale’s response of “Just call me yours” and Solomon’s easy acceptance of this had my heart hurting in the best way.
This book has some hard themes in it, handled delicately and with a sure hand. Lee Blauersouth did a fantastic job and I highly recommend it.
You can purchase a copy of Secondhand Origin Stories via Amazon.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
23 April (Monday)
- Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour launch
- Feature post from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Feature post from Candid Ceillie
- Review from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Review from Crimson Blogs
- Review from Samantha House
- Review from Stuffed Shelves
24 April (Tuesday)
- Excerpt from Not Just Fiction
- Excerpt from Utopia State of Mind
- Feature post from Unputdownable Books
- Review from That Bookshelf Bitch
- Review from Bookish and Awesome
- Review from Cliste Bella
- Review from wallflower’s plight
25 April (Wednesday)
- Excerpt from The Nerdy Elite
- Review from BookMyHart
- Review from Candid Ceillie
- Review from F A N N A
- Review from forthenovellovers
- Review from Igniting Pages
- Review from Spines In a Line
26 April (Thursday)
- Excerpt from Provocatrix
- Review from Bookish Wanderess
- Review from bookishwisps
- Review from Flying Paperbacks
- Review from TheHufflepuffNerdette
- Review from My Reading List
- Review from Unputdownable Books
27 April (Friday)
- Author interview on That Bookshelf Bitch
- Feature post from Cliste Bella
- Review from Afire Pages
- Review from The Book Maiden
- Review from The Little Miss Bookworm
- Review from Reader Fox and a Box of Books
- Review from The Youngvamp’s Haven