Summary: The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1
The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1 is a fantasy middle grade debut by author Shawn Peters. Logan is a foster kid at a boys’ foster home. He’s on the autism spectrum, has a photographic memory, and isn’t the best at picking up on social cues. But just when Logan is sure that he’ll never be adopted, a new couple Margie and Gil show up. After a rocky start, Logan is settling in with his new foster parents when he starts noticing some weird things. Gil never seems to eat and are Margie’s tears silver? He’s only processing the fact that his new parents might be superheroes when they get kidnapped by a supervillain and it’s up to Logan to save them.
I’m glad I listened to this on audio because I wouldn’t have made it through the book as quickly. I struggle with the worldbuilding in fantasy novels because it seems to take a minute for the story to begin. This one is a bit different because it happens in LA, but with a touch of superhero (think Marvel/DC-type movies). Logan is really funny and pretty smart for his age as well, thanks to that photographic memory. The book is written from his perspective, writing to his little brother from whom he was separated as a kid.
This is an action-packed story with lots of superhero encounters. Logan gets a crash course in the superhero world, much like we readers do. Thankfully, there’s a bit more heart as he gets to know his foster parents and finds a friend in his new neighborhood. When Margie and Gil are kidnapped, he doesn’t have to go on the rescue mission alone.
I had no issues with the storytelling, pace, and characterization in this story, but I have to mention that the author is not on the autism spectrum. He’s also white, even though Logan appears to be biracial on the cover. As far as race goes, there were no offensive stereotypes, but I can’t speak authoritatively to the neurodiversity representation.
Overall: The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1
The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1 is a superb, fast-paced superhero fantasy about identity, self-worth, and finding community. I’m glad that this is the first in a series of books and I’m sure that readers who enjoy superhero books and films will LOVE this one. It’s also fantastic on audio and showcases foster care in a positive light while highlighting the challenges some kids (especially those of certain races or with a disability) face. Overall, a brilliant debut.