SMASH Trial by Fire is a book about 9-year-old Andrew Ryan who dreams that someday he’ll be like the superhero, Defender. When a freak accident occurs, thanks to the Magus, Defender’s number one enemy, Defender gets killed and his powers are transferred to Andrew. Now Andrew can fly and has super strength, but is almost clueless on how to use these abilities. With no Defender, Andrew is the new superhero named Smash. It is up to Andrew to save his hometown and stop Magus. Can he master his powers? Can he survive? Find out in this graphic novel.
I loved SMASH Trial by Fire. Chris A. Bolton has produced a thrilling page-flipper that will leave you wanting more. I really liked when Smash, a.k.a. Andrew, tossed the dodgeball at the bully after he got his super strength. I also enjoyed the part where Smash barely escaped from Magus. There was one drawback. It left the story up in the air at the end. I’m sure this is a lead-in to a second book. If you like manga, graphic novels, or stories with superheroes, this book is for you. I would recommend this book for ages 7 and up.