Powerless – Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs – The Hero Agenda #1 – Sourcebooks Fire – Published 2 June 2015
Kenna is tired of being “normal”. The only thing special about her is that she isn’t special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.
She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.
Superheroes. The only word I needed to hear to want to pick up this book. I love books about superheroes. There is something so fascinating and elusive about a great superhero novel, so different from comics and movies. I can count on one hand the superhero books I’ve really enjoyed.
Well, Powerless pulls off the superhero theme pretty well. Kenna is a great heroine- she is clever and used to standing up for herself in a world of men and women who are much stronger, faster and generally better at reading minds than she is. But Kenna does have one trick up her sleeve – she is immune to superpowers. Which comes in pretty handy when a group of villains break into the top-secret hero lab and demand information. But there is one other complication – the villains don’t seem all that villainous. Secrets are exposed. Things are blown up. People are kidnapped. Kenna is going to quickly learn that there is a whole lot more to her world than she thought.
While this was a fun read, I was left with a few unanswered questions about the hero and villain world. For example, do humans know superheroes exist? This was never explained clearly, but perhaps this will be expanded upon in the next book. Also, the very absolute and almost stereotypical divide between heroes and villains seemed a little unexplained. This too, I’m guessing, will be explored in the following book. Overall, a fun read.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Young adult fiction.
Age guide: Ages 13 and up.
Genre: Science Fiction.
Themes: Superheroes. Action.
Series: The Hero Agenda #1
Published: 2 June 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire.
Available formats: Hardcover. 304 pages.