Narrator: Kyle McCarley
Series: Super Powereds
Published by Self Published on May 17th, 2016
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Lots of references to sex, never anything explicit though.
Reviewed by: James
Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop student with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.
Five of this year’s freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities, one that they must guard from even their classmates. Because for every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings, Powereds as they are called, have always been treated as burdens and second class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.
That is, until now…
Super heroes are a little outside of what we usually review here, but since I enjoyed SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 so much I figured I'd review it here. While I was eagerly awaiting the release of Drew Hayes next book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series, I decided to look into some of the other books he's written. I'm usually not a big fan of super hero books, tv shows, or movies, but since I loved Drew Hayes other series I decided to give SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 a try.
SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 is like a much better version of the movie Sky High, but the characters are in college instead of high school. SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 wasn't what I was expecting at all. Both of the other series I've read from Drew Hayes have leaned heavily to the comedic side of writing. They still have strong plots and characters, but focus a lot on humor. That is not the case for SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1. While it still contains many funny moments it isn't a comedic book. SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 is a character story. It is a very long story, 815 pages, and inside those 815 pages nothing huge happens until the end. The future books have stronger over arching plots, but even those are focused on the characters and how they develop more than the plot. Because of that SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 is not for everyone. If you enjoy books where you can REALLY REALLY get to know and love the characters than this is a book for you.
SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1 is the start to an amazing series. In a lot of ways super powers are just another magic system, and you know me and my magic systems. I love seeing how authors use their magic systems and how it interacts with their world. So if you want a chance to dive into the lives of the five main characters of the Super Powereds series, see their day to day lives as super heroes in training, and of course the problems that come with them being genetically engineered to be super heroes instead of being born that way, then I highly recommend SUPER POWEREDS YEAR 1, just make sure you're up for the commitment.Series Titles:
- Super Powereds Year 1
- Super Powereds Year 2
- Super Powereds Year 3
- Super Powereds Year 4