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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Series: Overpowered
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442431288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442431287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Nica Ashley's mother travels to Antarctica for work, Nica is sent to live with her estranged father in the small town of Barrington, Colo., a far cry from the lively overseas locations she's used to, like Bangkok. Barrington is a Stepford community, with a nightly curfew, private security everywhere, and disconcertingly friendly residents. Nica's travels have helped her hone her observation skills, and she soon discovers the town's bizarre secret: nearby Barrington Tech is conducting strange experiments, which somehow imbue Nica and several other teens with superpowers. Forming an unlikely alliance with a peppy cheerleader named Maya, geeky Oliver, and rebellious love interest Jackson, Nica sets out to get to the heart of a mystery that started before she was born, while aware that Bar Tech is ruthlessly hunting those with powers. Though Nica's voice is at times stiff, screenwriter Kruger brings big-screen sensibilities to his debut novel. Comic book tropes, conspiracy theories, intrigue, and romance all come together, fleshed out with memorable characters. Ages 12-up. Agent: Margaret Riley, William Morris Endeavor.

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Gr 10 Up–Nica Ashley has traveled the world with her journalist mother for most of her 16 years, living in Thailand, India, Chile, and Tanzania. Now her mom insists that she needs stability and sends her to live with her father in Colorado. Everyone in Barrington is ridiculously happy and polite, the entire town seems to be sponsored by a mysterious local business called Bar Tech, and there is a nightly curfew. Classmate and heartthrob Jackson Winters seems to be the only other unhappy curfew breaker around but maybe that is due to his girlfriend's mysterious disappearance. Not living up to her self-proclaimed status as a loner, Nica also befriends Oliver (stereotype geek) and Maya (stereotype cheerleader). Nica, Jackson, Oliver, and Maya all experience extreme physical reactions to an energy “pulse,” and these strange symptoms give them X-Men-type abilities. As they investigate the strange happenings, they come up against the ubiquitous Bar Tech security detail at every stage. The story is not resolved at the conclusion, opening up more questions rather than offering answers. The characters are largely unrealistic, constantly popping out with strange things that a teenager would never say or think (such as Oliver proclaiming that Nica gets “the gold ring” for a correct answer and Nica being able to name the precise make of a handgun because she “watches action movies”). Cringe-worthy phrases  like “…as if his eyes had X-ray vision and could see right through me” make the romantic scenes brutal. The skeleton of Nica's story is marginally interesting, but Kruger's amateurish writing gets in the way too much for it to be enjoyed.–Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva on May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! It was such an interesting and unique book I could not put it down for a second! The ending really left me waiting for the next book and I hope the author will write it. I definitely recommend this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jaiadsjdksdklfjdsmndfwnmm on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
BEST BOOK OF THE WORLD I CAN READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN it was amazing from good decriptions to a good plot to the best story ever!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Healey on January 12, 2015
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Great characters and compelling story. Eagerly awaiting the next book!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on December 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Overpowered by author Mark. H. Kruger was a novel that sounded like it would be exciting and keep up a fast pace. The cover looked cool, the premise interesting and promising—in short I was very happy to get reading. What I will say by the end of the novel is that Overpowered is unlike anything I expected it to be.

In Overpowered main character Nica Ashely has grown up travelling from country to country with her journalist mother, the last thing she expects is for her mother to get a job in the coldest place on Earth and to be sent straight to her father’s small town of Barrington. Barrington is unlike anything Nica has expected—it has a curfew for one thing—and is a small, quiet community where everybody knows everybody. The pride of the town is the company that practically owns it; BarTech.

When Nica is enrolled at the high school she ends up meeting Jackson Winters, an attractive, strange boy whose life has spiralled out of control after his girlfriend went missing. Immediately Nica finds herself drawn to him, but she doesn’t expect anything out of the rebellious boy. However when both of them are out after curfew together by sheer luck they both witness something strange and out of place in Barrington, a strange flash of light.

Suddenly Nica discovers that the strange flash has given her and a few of her peers strange superhero-like powers. Wanting to uncover the answers to why the can suddenly achieve unbelievable feats, Nica and her friends begin to bring buried secrets to life and learn that Barrington and BarTech are not what they seem.

For the most part Overpowered was a good read. The plot was interesting and kept me wanting to carry on and find out what secrets this small town was keeping.
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More About the Author

Mark H. Kruger was born in New York City and grew up in Long Island, where he spent much of his misbegotten youth watching scary movies and reading Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson and Charles Dickens. These days, he is a film and TV writer specializing in edge-of-your-seat thrillers and suspense. He has written and produced for Damien, Necessary Roughness and The 4400 and has worked with filmmakers Wes Craven, Clive Barker and Bill Condon. He lives in Los Angeles.

OVERTAKEN, the sequel to his debut novel OVERPOWERED, will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2015.

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