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Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Super Powers
Point of View: First present (Kenna)
Released: June 2nd 2015
Series: The Hero Agenda 1
Predictability: 4 out of 5 (Where 1 is totally unpredictable and 5 is I knew what was going to happen way ahead of time.)
My Rating: 7/10 Stars
In a world of super heroes and villains Kenna is powerless. Which is pretty much the same thing as invisible. Her mom is a genius inventor and Kenna works in her lab.
One night when Kenna’s working late, a group of young villains breaks into the lab. But instead of killing or kidnapping her, one of them saves her life.
There isn’t much down time in Powerless. It starts with a bang and never really lets up.
Kenna is tough and smart. She does spend too much time thinking of tall dark and villainy, but I still liked her. And there was a little sprinkled humor throughout the book, which I always appreciate.
The side characters were so good I kept wishing to hear from their point of view. I loved her best friend Rebel! I think she’d have made a great protagonist. She’s just so much fun! And maybe a villains point of view too! (I know a book is good when I have a wish list for next time!)
Kenna and her potential love interest bicker almost constantly at first. I prefer banter, but they grew on me. Considering the book only takes place over three days their relationship didn’t feel too quick. (The intensity of her feelings by the end was a bit much for me though.)
We get minimal world building, mostly what we learn about super powered people is in the prologue. I wish there’d been a bit more, like why some people are born with hero powers and others villains and what makes them different.
It didn’t bother me but this is the sort of book where she rarely said says, but gushed, spit, etc. Kenna also has a habit of repeating herself. (Which did annoy me.)
There’s a plot hole near the end, where a previously strong character is suddenly exhausted despite not doing anything. (Molly grumbles incoherently.)
I also feel I should mention the amazing number of times our ‘heroes’ failed. And the partial cliffhanger ending. (I would’ve read the next book. You didn’t have to torture me like this!)
Overall: A fun book with good characters, though the plot was nothing special. (Almost all action)
How do you feel about plot holes? I always spot them. I suppose that’s because they bother me so much!