I have a friend named Janice that is dear to me and has the title of Enabler Extraordinaire. She earned this title because during our weekly conversations, she will recommend books that I should listen to or read and I typically will end up buying these recommended books. Our tastes in books are similar and she has rarely steered me wrong. 😉
When she recommended this audiobook I was a bit skeptical. I should know better. This was awesome. It reminded me of some of my favorite movies from around 2005 -2006 that I watched with my kids, Sky High and Zoom. Although Superpowereds is more of a college age adventure. It is well written and the narration is excellent.
Series: Super Powereds
Author: Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kyle McCarley
Blurb: 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…
Thoughts: I am a new fan of Drew Hayes. I listened to the Vampire Accountant series first and adore Fred.
The author has taken one of my favorite genres/tropes and made a wonderful book for adults with superheroes and villains. The Powereds remind me of the sidekicks from Sky High (one of my favorite Superhero movies)
I chose to listen to the audiobook and the narration is wonderful. The story has a large cast of characters and the narrator did an excellent job of keeping the voices separate.
The audiobook length is 26 hours and 10 minutes. It is fast paced and was a fun listen. There was never a moment where my attention wavered. I was fully invested in the characters (even the ones I didn’t particularly like). It is definitely new adult with off page sex, drama, under age drinking, violence – it IS a superhero training program after all and has a bit of mystery and suspense too. It is also about the human (superhero/powered or not) issues of being different, facing adversity,trust, making friends,romance and growing up.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and have book two waiting in my audible library.
You can purchase Super Powereds: Year 1 Here ~
I am relistening to this book now. It is just as good, if not better, the second time. Reviews for books two and three soon