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Review: Powerless

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Childs and Deebs have created an interesting world where super powers are real and a daily part of life. Kenna’s world begins to unravel when three villains break into the supers’ secret lab looking for a fellow villain they believe the supers have kidnapped. Kenna refuses to let the villains win, but in the process she puts herself in danger. Much to her surprise, a villain saves her life and everything she’s known about her world begins to disintegrate. When her mother turns up missing right after Kenna bends the rules to learn the truth about the supers’ secret lab and experiments, Kenna must go against everything she thinks to be true and team up with villains to save her world and her sanity.

Childs and Deebs world of supers and villains is like something out of a comic, but with an almost mob-like feel. There are super families and villain families who are the power players in this world. The authors do a good job of infusing this world with a realistic, self-doubting narrator. Much like teens’ perceptions of the world, Kenna views her world as black and white: supers are good and villains are bad. It seems straightforward. But in the same way teens become adults and realize there is no definite line between good and evil, Kenna begins to realize this about her world as well.

Kenna’s character is frustratingly naive, but it works because so many teens are just so. The cliche of the bad boy with a good heart is a little tiresome, and it was fairly easy to predict that Kenna is not nearly as powerless as she’s been told her entire life. There is plenty of action and the character development is done well. With this being the first book in the series, Childs and Deebs have left the readers at a nice impasse to wait for the second book. I’m eager to see how this one plays out.

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