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Powerless (The Hero Agenda) Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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Tracy Deebs is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and criticially-acclaimed author who writes under many pseudonyms, including young adult novels about surfing mermaids and technological armaggeddon.
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One night some villains break into the lab looking for a relative that they believe is being held captive by the heroes. Kenna holds her own, even with no powers. But she isn't exactly powerless. She is also immune to other people's powers. This is a well kept secret between Kenna and her mom, who used her genius skills to develop a serum for Kenna to take on the regular to stay immune to danger.
And here comes the real interesting part... Kenna stops seeing the heroes and villains as good and bad/white and black. She sees there's a grey area. Now she meets a slew of new people with devastating information that changes everything she's ever known.
This was definitely a fast paced novel with some quick YA romance. I needed a little more world-building to get a better feel of the place. I'm also a little bored of the teenagers falling in love after 3 days of life or death action, but I think I'm just getting old. This was an interesting read, but it felt too short and that a lot of details were missing.
Quick & Dirty: All heroes aren’t good and not all villains are evil.
Opening Sentence: If I could have any superpower, right now, I’d choose the ability to reach through the glass.
This was a fun, action-packed read set in a world of heroes and villains where almost everyone has a power, except Kenna. Her being ‘powerless’ is what makes her special but not in a good way. Although she is vulnerable, her genius mother has created a secret serum of immunity shots. As long as Kenna takes these once a week she is immune to all powers.
The story is based around Kenna’s encounter with the villains and realisation that not all villains are bad. Similarly, heroes aren’t all that great either, sometimes committing heinous crimes under the radar. The book explores stereotypes, illustrating that not everything is black and white, good or bad, without getting too deep that you feel you need to re-evaluate your life!
Three days ago, I was an ordinary girl in a superhero world. It wasn’t ideal, but it was tolerable. It was normal. It made sense. Black was black, and white was white. Good was good, and bad was…bad. Villains were bad.
Now everything is topsy-turvy. Nothing makes sense. And as for life being black and white? I feel like I’m drowning in a million shades of gray. Like the suits of the Ray-Ban brigade.
The writing was good, it kept me interested but it was also quite simple, verging on the younger spectrum of young adults. The idea about villains not all being bad was repeated so many times that I felt like shouting, ‘yes we got the message the first 10 times!Read more ›
Kenna is a normal human girl. Her parents were superheroes, her father died when she was young and her mother is more of the super genius type of hero. Kenna though has her own unique talent thanks to her mom, she is immune to hero and villain's superpowers. She takes an injection every so often that gives her this immunity and it's come in handy a few times, but it's a secret she must keep or else there would be trouble for her and her mom. And in part, it's what gets her into trouble one night while she works in her mom's lab. She's her mom's "ranscriptionist", basically copying her mom's sloppy notes into legible format. One night, villains break into the lab and all hell breaks loose.
It's not long before Kenna learns that there is more going on to the villains breaking in. They were looking for someone they believe the heroes are keeping prisoner, but Kenna isn't quick to believe it all. Until her best friend, Rebel fills in her on a thing or two. It's not really until Kenna's mom gets kidnapped or otherwise goes missing that she's willing to get on board with a rescue mission.
Now Kenna puts aside long held prejudices against the villains and works with them. The heroes have been keeping secrets for too long.Read more ›
I started this book at 1:30 am in the morning because I'm currently suffering from jetlag after my trip to China. Before I knew it, I finished the book and it was 4 am. Yeah, terrible for my jetlag, but I couldn't put the book down!
Fast-paced and exciting, <i>Powerless</i> is about a world where class hierarchy is divided into Ordinaries, Heroes, and Villains. Although the main character Kenna lives in the Heroes world, she doesn't have any powers herself. Despite that fact, she holds herself up really well in the book. I enjoyed her character a lot, especially when her reactions in certain situations were so relatable. Sometimes I'll get annoyed or frustrated by characters who do dumb stuff (or DON'T do stuff in general), but Kenna had reasonable reactions.
Honestly, the only complaint I have with the book is an explanation of, well, the world. Modern references are used, such as the Vulcan symbol or SWAT team so it HAS to occur in present-day, but how do the Villains and Heroes integrate themselves into society? How does their own separate hierarchy conflict with our own, such as the government? (Because please, why do you need a president when there's a Heroes League?) One of the Villains even mention going to school... so are there separate schools for people with powers? The authors never go through the logistics of it, and I couldn't help but wonder. Of course, the exclusion of such details makes it more easier for the reader to get caught up with the action going on, so it's not that big of a deal for me. Still, it would've been nice to see a little more background.
Speaking of action, the book is filled with it from start to finish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In "Powerless", we meet Kenna Swift who lacks super powers unlike some of her contemporaries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eva Ing
Best Book EVER It sounds boring but each chapter stops at a cliffhangerPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It CAN NOT END LIKE THAT!!!!! I need the sequel YESTERDAY!
Okay, I think I might have the meltdown out of my system enough to talk about the book... maybe. Read more
Did you enjoy Sky High movie then go and start reading this book! And if you haven't then go watch it and definitely read the book.
Heroes are good and Villains the opposite. Read more
Kenna's Dad is a hero and her mom is a genius. Kenna has a problem. She doesn't have a power. She is just ordinary, or is she? Well, no she isn't. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Overall: A fast-paced, entertaining YA sci-fi novel with lovable characters that is definitely worth your time, even... Read more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah
I was actually surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I went into this book expecting to really not like it at all, but I ended up liking it! Read morePublished 7 months ago by FollyB