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The main protagonist, a twelve-year-old boy, Damon Neumeyer, wants to belong to a Power Club. The club consists of children between the ages of twelve years, six months to eighteen years old. Each member has a unique special power. Damon wants to join one of these Power Clubs, especially a club in his immediate neighborhood.
The story takes the reader through Damon’s trial and tribulations, trying to prove to members of Power Clubs that he’d be an asset to their group. Damon’s special power consisted of him conjuring up a black, dense cloud, he called a dark-space, in his immediate surroundings.
A rogue group of people called the Liberators are a menace to the government and will touch the lives of ords and special people.
The author, Greg Gildersleeve, creates characters that are believable and memorable. His writing style is easily readable, creating suspense from scene to scene, chapter to chapter to a fulfilling and believable climax. The book is suitable for all readers from children (middle school) to adults.
“An adventurous story about a kid striving for acceptance.” -Stephanie Hansen, Metamorphosis Literary Agency President.
Author Greg Gildersleeve does a good job of drawing us into Damon's life, his early teen trials, and sets the stage for what may come after. But the metaphors in this story, of simply coping with the first stages of growing up, are pretty easily seen, and Greg moves us through them all with a deft hand.
The Power Club should appeal to the YA audience and anyone else who remembers what it was like to be a kid.
Damon lives in the district because he has a supernatural power - he can conjure darkness around himself, making everyone near him blind by the darkness. Everyone who lives in the district has a power, a gift, and they must stay there if they want to keep their power - per the government's rules.
Damon loves his power, and he wants to join a Power Club so he will then be able to use his power in public. Otherwise, he has to not use it, and Damon definitely doesn't want to do that.
When he tries out for a group with Kyle, Danner and Vee, they reject him because his power isn't that cool and not very useful for them. But when Damon gets ganged up by 3 older kids and Damon is the one who wins, they decide he is pretty cool, and he joins their Power Club along with Ali and Denise.
Pretty soon, though, Damon doesn't just want to be a part of the Power Club - he wants to be a hero and save people who are in trouble. But when his group, the government, and the bullies who ganged up on his all try to stop Damon in different ways, Damon has to make sure that he is really doing what he wants, or if it would be too much of a risk overall.
This was such a fast read! Seriously, just a couple of hours and I was done! Whoo! I really enjoyed this story and thought it was a great way to incorporate the idea of wanting to be different and unique, while being surrounded by people who just want to be ordinary and normal.
I got the feeling that there may be another novel coming in the future, the way that Greg Gildersleeve ended this novel, but maybe it was more for the effect of things are going to happen, but you as the reader will have to figure it out in your own imagination. Could be either, but if there is another book, I can definitely see a lot of middle-grade readers very happy about it.
This has a lot of relationship issues that the characters had to work through and they had their own personalities and ambitions in life, so it was nice to see kids so young want something so strong to work toward.
While this is definitely a light read that will keep kids entertained, it has a lot of subtle messages hidden in the text that I feel like parents will really enjoy and would want to read along with their kids.
Very much enjoyed it! :)