Miles Morales is a fun, fast, enjoyable book. It just didn’t feel like a Spiderman book. I loved the characters and the setting, and while I found it very readable, it just felt a little too short – which is a shame, because there were some really interesting ideas in it.
I loved Miles, Ganke, and all the other characters. Sometimes in books I feel like the side characters are just carbon-copies of a “character” template, but that wasn’t the case here. Every single person we met was alive and vibrant, from Miles’ parents to his crush Alicia to the school librarian. I honestly would have just read this book as a contemporary about Miles just living his life because Jason Reynolds made me care about the characters that well.
But I honestly needed more. The whole “villain” thing felt very rushed, which I’m really disappointed about, because I was really intrigued by Mr. Chamberlain as a villain at the beginning, but as the story unfolded, I was left with more questions than I had answers. I just felt like the story needed an extra hundred to a hundred and fifty pages to deal with all the (very interesting) plot threads it had going. I needed more time in the middle for actual Spiderman stuff (seriously, we did not get a lot of Spiderman) and I needed more of a dénouement at the end. A lot of Miles’ family’s personal and financial problems were left in the air, and I just wanted to see some resolution.
Still, Miles Morales is a quick, fun read that’s a great way to pass the time, and I’d be happy to pick up any sequel that comes out. (Because come on, the end! WHAT HAPPENED?)