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The Meister of Decimen City

The Meister of Decimen City

By Brenna Raney
Categories: Fiction, Superheroes, Siblings, Adventure
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744307702, 416 pages, March 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744307733, March 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744307726, 630 pages, March 2023
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744307740, March 2023
Paperback : 9780744307719, 416 pages, March 2024

Rex, supergenius scientist extraordinaire, lands in hot water with the government when her genetically-engineered dinosaurs rampage her city. Good thing no one knows about her supervillain twin brother trying to use her to take over the world.


2023 Foreword INDIES Award Gold Medal Winner

“Raney's debut is a blast [and] inventive as all get out . . .” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Thoroughly entertaining and utterly delightful.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

No one cares that you cured cancer if you also cloned a horde of dinosaurs and let them rampage down the street.

Supergenius and quasi-villain Rex normally can’t go a week without accidentally endangering Decimen City with her science shenanigans. It’s been two weeks since her genetically engineered dinosaurs rampaged through town—a good streak for her—but the peace is broken when actual villain Last Dance sets his sights on Decimen. And he wants Rex’s help. Before Rex can say “I didn’t do it,” superheroes who’ve dragged her to jail on her worst days are crowding her lab to conscript her into quasi-herodom.

Rex would rather stay out of it and deal with the dinosaurs that keep calling her Mom, but she can’t ignore that she was somewhat responsible for Last Dance’s villainy. She’d kept a very disorganized lab. And he was such a nosy brother. She failed to help him back then, but maybe if she stops him now—and keeps the heroes fooled—she can finally set things right.


  • Winner, Foreword INDIES Gold Award - Humor 2023
  • Short-listed, ALA's Reading List Award in Science Fiction 2024


“Raney’s smart, silly, and surprisingly heartfelt debut . . . is thoroughly entertaining and utterly delightful.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“VERDICT Zinging one-liners, familiar superhero tropes with hilarious twists, and defying the world’s expectations to be your authentic self combine to make this an appealing tale for older teens and adults.” Library Journal, Starred Review

“Raney's debut is a blast [and] inventive as all get out . . .” Booklist, Starred Review