A lot of people have a lot of hate towards this book because they feel that it is cruel to kill of these teen characters. Well I bought the TPB and I really liked it.
Yes, I understand if you're favorite character dies that isn't fun but I think Hopeless manages these characters pretty well the time before their deaths. I'm intrested in these characters and see more of their personality in this book. If your character was killed think about it this way. Do you rather want him or her in a story where he or she dies but still a pretty fun story even if he or she dies or do you want the character to be stuck in comic-book-limbo until they have a 6-issue mini series and fall back in the void again.
I don't really think these characters are written in a wrong way. I read Avengers Academy and Runaways and I don't think these characters in this book are much different than these titles they were created in.
Also what is positive about this book is that the braddock academy has intresting characters and they don't seem like characters they have their just to kill them off. I first thought this was going to happen. I believe Hopeless likes all the characters in his book and isn't an evil writer who enjoys killing teenage characters.
But what about the obvious rip-off. Hunger games, battle Royale much?
Well it is but atleast they admit it. The first 3 covers were a homage to battle royale, hunger games and lord of the flies, so he doesn't try to hide it. Heck, Arcade even says he picked the idea up by a teenage novel (obviously hunger games). It's still an idea that has been used frequently. Yes, but if it can be a fun book, why not?
To recap. I think this is a fun book which could and allready did resolve in intresting situation. However I do understand if you truly loved these characters that you are a bit angry.
Please be kind this is just my opinion. You can tell your own but be respectful about it.