The Rise of Renegade X

The Rise of Renegade X

ABOUT Chelsea Campbell

Chelsea Campbell
Chelsea Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot. And then rains some more. She finished her first novel when she was twelve, sent it out, and promptly got rejected. Since then she’s written many more novels, earned a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, become an ob More...


Damien Locke is confident of his destiny—
attending the university for supervillains and becoming
Golden City’s next professional evil genius. But when Damien discovers he’s the result of his supervillain mother’s one night stand with—of all people—a superhero, his best-laid plans are ruined.

Now forced to live with his superhero family, Damien
must prove that he’s truly evil. Only he wasn’t counting on
a plot that threatens his new relatives’ safety and forces
Damien to choose who he really wants to be.

Going to extreme lengths (and heights), The Rise of Renegade X chronicles one boy’s struggles with the villainous and heroic pitfalls of growing up.

I was in the car listening to My Chemical Romance, and in the first song on The Black Parade, there’s this part where they’re emo-screaming “Save me!” and I’d heard it a bunch of times, but that time something just clicked, and I started thinking about how everyone has something they need to be saved from, at some point or another, even if they don’t look like it from the outside. (The fact that I hate driving but was having to do it at that moment probably helped with this.) I started thinking about how I wanted to write about a bad guy who really got this concept and who had to save people, despite being a villain. I went home and started writing and the idea quickly morphed into a book about a supervillain teen whose life gets turned upside down when he discovers his long lost dad is a superhero and that he has to go stay with him.

“Damien’s voice is snarky and delightful; get ready to cheer for a new type of hero.” –JULIE KAGAWA,New York Times Best-Selling author of the IRON FEY series.

“A witty tale that older teens will appreciate.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY