In the year 1930 the world experienced strange lights in the sky; a comet, gone rogue, fell into Earth’s orbit and pounded our blue planet with bright, shooting stars. In the same year ordinary men and women began to exhibit super powers and by 1939 the connection was clear. In the moments before death the Comet gave powers to those with an overwhelming desire to live. Object D/1930 X1 was given a name: the Heroic Comet.
In the war years that followed those affected by the comet saved thousands, but life in peacetime wasn’t easy. One hero, Stronghold, found the solution; he designed and built Icon City, an island homeland for heroes.
By the year 1950 the world knew comet given powers could be used for evil as well as good, some of the heroes turned to crime and this sent the world into panic, so in 1959, as the first group of heroes prepared to retire, the International Heroes Group was formed with a simple mission: recruit and train new heroes.
The group did well. New villains and heroes arose and in 1979 Captain Fantastic joined their ranks where he battled the most desperate villain of all: Dr. Dangerous. They clashed for many years until the Doctor’s plans grew more and more gruesome and the public demanded action. In 1986, Captain Fantastic took the lead; he killed Dr. Dangerous on live television and surrendered to the police.
One year later, his plea of self-defense was upheld and Captain Fantastic, now even more popular, was released. He spent the next five years urging the world to keep a close eye on superheroes through a dedicated television channel, and as part of his efforts he opened a school where the next generation of super powered heroes could be trained.
He called it Hero High.
I grew up with stories of that school and the heroes who passed through its doors.
Now I get to write one about my hero.
About the Book
Title: Hero High: The Figure in the Flames
Author: Mina Chara
Genre: YA Mystery Romance
Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.
In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Lead by Captain Fantastic, scores of super celebrities do their best to train the next generation; seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend, are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.
Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the world’s most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.
Mina Chara likes superheroes, chinese food and spending time with her dog. She dislikes dark, gritty superhero movies and tales of the dystopian future. Generally optimistic she writes stories that reflect her love of color (especially blue) as well as her sense of humor.
Born in London Mina enjoyed story telling as a child, but was diagnosed as severely dyslexic aged eight. Advised to stick to art and forget writing, Mina decided to do both and her paintings have so far been featured in two exhibitions. She still struggles with her dyslexia and finds writing a challenge, but refuses to be limited. Hero High: Figure in the Flames is the third book she has written, but the first to be published. Mina is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.
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