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
I received an ARC from a giveaway hosted by one of the authors, which did not influence my review in any way. Thanks Tera Lynn Childs!
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, Powerless 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 reactions that showed that she has common sense.
Honestly, the only complaint I have with the book is the lack of 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. I guess it sucked that I chose THIS book to read at 2 in the morning because no way was I able to go to sleep after starting it. Right off the bat, the lab Kenna works out gets infiltrated by – gasp – villains. However, they’re not what they seem at first. And after this develops the obligatory “what’s wrong and what’s right” question that is so popular in literature these days. Because yeah, the world is shades of gray and just because you’re labeled as a hero doesn’t mean you ARE one.
The romance was cute and enjoyable to read about, although a little quick at first. There is definitely insta-attraction, but from there on I think it progresses at a more realistic rate as Kenna is conflicted over having feelings for a Villain (who may not be that villainous).
This book explores how people can use their powers – for good or bad, and the fine line in between. Add a strong main character and a ragtag crew that wants justice against the Heroes this time, and you have an awesome book that begs to be read.