The supers are balanced. Academies have altered their curriculum to teach both sides of the super power spectrum. All’s well in the super world. Right? When Mystic kidnaps Oceanus, Jeff learns it isn’t all right. Turning to the newly balanced supers for assistance, he panics to find they’ve done nothing to rescue Oceanus. When no ransom request follows, he worries Mystic’s plan never included returning his girlfriend. Frustrated, he’s forced to work with the only super willing to help. Oceanus’ ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set. Mystic isn’t the only one hiding something. Nothing about Jeff is balanced. Temper flares result in scorched clothing or flying furniture, and his charm has become an indiscriminate people-magnet. Jeff is convinced, or maybe just hopeful, that his lack of control is directly related to Oceanus being gone. But will he and Set find her before Jeff loses control completely and will they find her alive?
My Rating: 4/5 stars
When Jeff Mean (aka Polar) finally got a chance to kiss his crush, Oceanus something amazing happened, they stopped the world, twice. When everything rebooted, it seems that kiss balanced the world of supers. Cool! Kind of . . . .
Since the balancing all of the super academies have totally revamped their curriculums, there are no longer designations like villain and white hat, and everybody is playing nice with one another. As long as Jeff has Oceanus by his side, the world will stay in balance and everyone is happy. Kind of . . . .
Mystic is still running around at large and she isn’t happy about the loss of Jeff. Inexplicably, Mystic seems to still be all kinds of evil and in that spirit, she takes Oceanus. Instantly, Jeff is ready to rally the troops and find his girlfriend but he seems to be the only super willing to do anything. Even his mom and dad, two of the greatest supers in living memory don’t seem too excited about tracking down Oceanus. With each stall, Jeff gets more and more angry and interestingly, his powers seem to be getting more and more out of control. When Oceanus was with him, Jeff’s powers were totally under control but since she’s been gone something seems to be seriously off and he can’t seem to get anything under control. With his options for finding Oceanus running out, Jeff turns to the most unlikely of sources for help, her ex-boyfriend, Set.
Yeah, Set, the one guy Jeff never, ever thought he would have to turn to for help but here he is, on the jerk’s front porch. Though the clues to finding Oceanus aren’t plentiful, Set has sources and he eventually tracks down some promising information. As more time goes by, Jeff becomes even more unstable and finding Oceanus becomes as much about her safety as everyone else’s safety. With this in mind, more supers close to Jeff become involved in his search and when they finally, finally track down Oceanus and Mystic, it is far worse than any of them could have imagined.
The Bottom Line: You know what? I am kind of digging this whole Super Villain Academy series! Round two has just as much action as round one but the stakes are even higher this time. Not only is Oceanus’s life in danger but so is the world’s. Jeff’s out of control powers aren’t the only result of the balancing and in fact, the balancing seems to have had some interesting side effects that no one could have predicted. The unpredictability makes the race to save Oceanus all the more exciting and when they finally find her, the results are explosive. The book doesn’t necessarily end with a huge cliffhanger but it does end with some unanswered questions which leaves the reader with a clear desire to dive right on in to book three, Super Bad. I dove right on in . . .