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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 designedKnowledge 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…...

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super powereds year 1 Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-09-23 23:12

    When I first began this book I found it "fairly" interesting and thought, "okay going to be a 4". But as I continued on the book, like some pieces of music just got better and better.This is unapologetically a light "brain-candyish" book. No doubt about that, make no mistake. This is not something along the lines of Spinoza. That said sometimes a book about an unabashedly light subject comes together on the quality of the story-telling and transcends itself a bit. I'm moving this up to 5 stars.I got the audio version of this book thinking I'd listen to it as I did some other projects I had/have going. Never once however did I have to go back and "relisten" to a passage. It held my interest right through. Also...the second is scheduled to be released in audio next month and I marked it on my calendar. If it doesn't come out of course I'll be forced to get it in Ebook form and I'm WAY behind on those as you actually have to sit down and do nothing else but read...and my glasses are crap. So in actual text form books I'm very backed up...sigh. Why can't these people realize my trifocals don't allow my eyes to line up with the lenses for reading unless I actually sit and hold them with my hand and just record ALL the books I want to read in audio?Doesn't seem like so much to ask to me.So, anyway what do we have here. I don't want to mislead so try and get the gist of what I say. In a way this could be compared to Harry Potter meets Sky High and they go to college. At first I wasn't real clear as to whether this was supposed to be college level kids of high school level. The writing made them seem very young at first...then we got to the sex and drinking and I knew they better be college age or something was very wrong.Yes the book is a bit preoccupied with the love and even sex lives of our students but don't be put off by that. The descriptions stop well short of erotic lit. These are 18 year old college freshmen and they do indeed it seems have raging hormones.This is a world where Superheroes exist...but you can only be a "hero" if you are "government certified. (the reasoning behind this gets discussed in one of the classes and I suspect is going to play a big part in "plots to come"). If you aren't a "hero" you may still be a "Super". That means yuou have a super power but you aren't legally allowed to be using it to "fight crime" etc. But then there are the "Powereds". These are people with a super power they can't control. Teleporters who pop around uncontrollably, energy users who accidentally cause disasters, shape-shifters who shift shape uncontrollably and so on.These are second class citizens...very, very second class citizens. They are doomed forever to be sneered at and isolated away from others.But what if a Powered or maybe more than one could be helped to get control of their powers...and become Supers?Good question and good book. I like it, I recommend it.

  • Janelle
    2018-10-02 00:06

    I'm terrible at talking about what I *like* about a book. What works for me depends a lot on what I'm in the mood to be reading. I am usually much more clear about what I don't like, so I want to preface this review with two statements:1. Yes, there are still plenty of proofreading errors throughout the book. (As of when I picked it up in late November 2013.)2. I checked the book out for free as a Prime member, and then bought it and the sequel.And, I think that sums up my feelings about the book pretty concisely.Knowing that this book started as an episodic web enterprise goes a long way to explaining what I consider the two biggest problems with the story: the glacial pace and bloated writing. This *feels* like an outstanding second draft of a NaNoWriMo project that needed one or two more go-rounds with the editing pen to trim some of the scenes that don't add substantially to the overall plot.One of the positives of the episodic writing is that you spend a lot of time with the characters. The downside is that there's little economy of phrasing. Combat scenes take up multiple chapters, and it feels like watching Yu Gi Oh (or, for the older readers, any season of How I Met Your Mother): lots of words, little forward motion of the story.There's no narrative tension pulling the story along. The stakes don't exist until the very last 10-15% of the story, at which point something occurs that had no foreshadowing at all. I believe the tension of discovery of what makes the kids "special" is supposed to be driving the story, but I never felt it. SpoilerNotSpoiler: when the outing occurs, it's not even the biggest news on the page.The story was an uphill slog for the first three-quarters. I had no idea why it was taking so long for things to happen. I don't know what kept me going throughout the book except that at some point, I acknowledged that I had nothing else I wanted to read, and perhaps the story just needed to unfold over the entire four books instead of this one. By the time I finished it, I was interested enough to pony up the cash and buy my own copy.Fingers crossed that Hayes has a plan that will ultimately satisfy.

  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    2018-10-16 03:06

    This is less "Pup-Fiction" and more written from those wonderful fantasies and day dreams that a young reader of comic books might have had in the silver age of comics, 1970s (ish) when Spiderman and the X-Men were on the rise. When I was nine years old, I benefited from a friend who had a wonderful imagination and was able to make up stories where he inserted us into the mix of superheroes. Most of his were borrowed from his extensive comic book collection. Stories could last for hours. Too bad he's an optometrist today and not a writer. This book sort of took me back there. In many ways, I am still like that 9 year old kid with a wild imagination and the ability to put words and pictures with that wonderful question "What if we....?" It's a good read. The characters are rich. There are shades of the great grand-genre, pulp fiction, but also shades of the 1980's prime time soaps. There is a rich plot that, if there is a fault, takes a long time to show itself and, links this book to the next one. It's long, which is a plus for me (when it's good) and I liked the characters. There is action, but there is a lot of action-less action. By that I mean the behind the scenes plots and twists. Character secrets and stories and some relationship drama. It's kind of a Soap Opera for Superheroes with lots of action, or an action story with Superheroes and lots of drama (the good kind). I'm giving it 5 stars, but it's not perfect. It gets five stars for smooth, writing, a well thought out plot, an honest commitment to the Superhero theme (and it's pulp fiction roots) and interesting characters. The down side of this is:Sometimes a little too much drama. I did want to slap Vince and Nick a few times. And Alice...though, thankfully, that was wonderfully managed. There were also too many pretty people. Okay, I get it, "superheroes right? Pulp Fiction, right? Whadya expect?" Maybe a "Swamp Thing Goes to College guy?" I don't know... or maybe more "normal?" Generally, this is tolerable, given the genre. Girly girls that could hammer the be-Jesus! out of you. Right out of the comic books and possibly one of the most stigmatized problems with the genre. Men can wear armor and "Suit up." Women wear skin tight unitards... They have a party..."What will I wear! (Gasp!)...CALL ALICE NOW!" Generally this was cute and there were plenty of female characters who could put a whopping smackdown on your ass... hurt a fellah. On the good side, it was an attempt by a MAN to make female action heroines feminine rather than women who fight like men then go cry about it. He still might need to polish that up a bit. Oh, wait... Vince isn't a girl... maybe it wasn't so bad?Too much like when I was in college. Booze, Girls... Parties... I know what Guys want... I know what guys want... I know what girls want...(insert favorite 80s MTV music video here)... of course, I can't say it wasn't completely unrealistic... but then, knowing what I know now, if there college went like mine... well, there's a reason I'm gong to school on the 30 year plan...Other than that, this is fun, worth reading. You may need to respect the genre, which does include racy combat oriented people, even if they are thinkers. All the drama of college, without as many rocks in the romantic world and lots of fun battles and "tests."There is also a great plot that is like the barrels in Jaws, the first movie. Once Squint and Pooper shot the shark with lines attached to barrels... you didn't need to see the shark, but when those barrels popped up!.. oh-boy... adrenalin time! You didn't have to see the shark to know it was there. With this, there are things going on behind the scenes and Haley has attached barrels to that plot shark that pop up now and again. It is well done (especially for a genre that prefers straight up bad guys) and interesting. Generally, this is a nostalgic read for young adults and adults (too much sex, booze and violence). WarningSex Booze and violence encouraged by the University... um... the science on this does not work out to be accurate as much as it mirrors reality... sometimes. I think it was too cavalier about alcohol but did not count off because it isn't too far off of society on that one. Sex, it's not dripping with it...ugh.. sorry for that visual... They are of age but... so young....(Yes, obviousoly if your a geriatric father of an 11 year old girl like me, it might tug a thread or two that ultimately pull on... "MY LITTLE GIRL WILL NEVER GO TO COLLEGE!"... and "That's it.. Home Schooling until she gets a PhD!") Still, it's all conceptual and... not unrealistic (Sigh, there.. I said it... it sucks being a reading dad sometimes... especially when you can read into things.)Violence this ain't your grand-pappy's Buster Brown Comics.... these guys draw blood and break bones. That is actually more of a correction of a flaw in the genre, but... takin' out a villain ain't always pretty.Good read, worth reading... 5 stars (which don't come easy from me)Good writing, good multi-tiered plot, interesting characters, some gender issues but manageable, some drama but... meh... and fun college hijinks. (Gulp).. A nostalgic read.

  • Samantha
    2018-10-05 20:02

    I have mixed feelings about this book. The fact that it was originally written as serial shows when you read it all in one go. It leads to some strange pacing for a novel, where the big fight that comes at the end isn't even foreshadowed in the rest of the book, leaving you feeling like it just came out of left field. While it was usually entertaining chapter by chapter, it doesn't quite build properly as a complete work. I think it could have used a round or two of revision changing it from a serial into a novel. As is, it feels like the pieces were just gathered and published as they were. I listened to it as an audiobook, which of course colors my perceptions because of the narration. The narrator's reading of women characters really grated on my nerves. All the female characters were presented with a nasal or breathy or squeaky tone. I appreciate the attempt to differentiate the voices, but maybe it would have been better to let the storytelling do that. This wasn't helped by the text itself which suffers from many stereotypical representations of women. I rolled my eyes almost as often as the teenaged characters over these unimaginative characterizations. Alice, in particular, was completely flat and uninteresting, made entirely of tropes about rich girls. It wasn't much better for some of the boys. Hershel, when not in his super form, was the whipping boy of the story: weak, whiny and soft. We're told he's intelligent, but he seldom gets to display that, and the comments on LARPing and RPG gameplay suffer from lazy stereotypes as much as Alice's poor little rich girl. That said, I can't just dismiss the work entirely. The world Hayes created is compelling. The "powered" vs. "supers" divide is interesting and several of the characters had good arcs and engaging backstories. My favorite character was Vince, who is sort of the Paladin of the group. I'd be interested to know what happens to him, but I'm not sure that's enough to bring me back for further works in the series.

  • Hteph
    2018-10-09 19:02

    Good Story, Clunky WritingThe concept and protagonist gallery is very, very good. It is a bit like a unholy crossbreed of Harry Potter and X-men and is a excellent example of crossbreeding being successful. The tropes are there but neither taken overly seriously nor too flippant.However one thing that become obvious with listening to the audio book is the authors horrible tick of ending each characters line with : ... Alice said, ... Vince said, ... said Alice, ... said Vince. Usually an author either let sentence build, choice of wording or just plain logic mark who said what. Or at least choose something like "... said Alice while something, something" when the need to be clear is nessecary. But not this guy, it is page up, and page down with said, said, said, said. Of course it becomes more obvious with such a good narrator ... but for heaven sake!(It do get better in book two, perhaps a literate editor was used for that one)Addendum: This book really grows on you, I'm not really into the supers scene, but like the X-men movies. I have continued to pursue the authors work in this world and enjoying it more and more. I don't like all worldbuilding choices he makes, but they are understandable and quasi-logical, and the characters are way better written than anything else I have seen in the genre.So slog through this, it isn't bad, and find plenty of compensating joy in the books that follows!

  • Andrea S. Kaufman
    2018-10-13 19:16

    One of my absolute favorite books.The Super Powereds books are the series I have read exactly eight times all the way through. Eight times. The reason for my obsessive reading is simple. The books are a masterpiece that take you through four years of college in a program for Supers, but the five main characters were Powereds, meaning they don’t have control of their powers, just a few months ago. The Melbrook crew, consisting of a complete outcast, a boy who is terrified of himself, a spoiled daddy’s girl, a criminal, and a mix between a wimpy geek and a bodybuilder-player. If you are willing to push through 700 page books, this series is absolutely incredible.

  • Carla Enright
    2018-10-15 20:04

    I was hesitant about this book before I started reading. I had already read five books by Drew Hayes. However, I've read so many superheroes books, and they can all start merging into each other, becoming very generic and predictable (don't hate me for saying that, please note I said they CAN). However, I started reading it because I loved the other books by Drew Hayes so much (mainly Fred, the Vampire Accountant series). I cannot tell you how wrong it is to prejudge a book. I was so unbelievably wrong about my concerns. Super Powereds is about five 18-year-olds who are "Powereds" - people who have some sort of ability (always unique in at least some way) that they cannot control. At the beginning of the book, we discover there is procedure (that instead of usual approach of turning people without powers into someone with a power) turns these Powereds into "Supers" - people that have an ability they can control (these 5 are the first ones this procedure has ever been tried on). Now that these five teenagers have control of their powers, they enrol in a regular university that has a hidden section that teaches a super into an official, certified hero. It's not easy to become a hero - not only are their hard tests, but there is also the daunting fact that out of the 28 students who start the program, a total of just ten students at the end of the four years will become certified heroes. Each year students will be cut from the program. The students who are in the program, including students who aren't former powereds, are so interesting. During the entire series (at least of the books out so far), every time you think it's going to go a certain way, it goes somewhere completely different. The characters are not definitively good or bad, just human. They mess up sometimes, and some characters are not good, but for whatever reason, they either do good things, or you understand why they do bad things. Of course, you do like some more than others, but you can at least UNDERSTAND all of them. This book doesn't show one side of the story, it shows all angles, as to understand everyone's side of the story much better. This series also has an entire world with such exciting side characters, and with that at least one spinoff was inevitable (Corpies) and hopefully there's more to come. As in usual Drew Hayes fashion, this book is both dark and light, with serious situations and a lot of humour to make it enjoyable and SO EASY to read. Super powereds is the first time in a very long time I've felt so excited about a story. It's one I can't stop thinking about or talking about; I care about the characters so much and desperately want to see what happens next for them. Most importantly, I never want the series to end - and a wish ever so SLIGHTLY more realistic is that I don't want there to be an end to this world Drew Hayes has created. I feel this is a unique series, and it's one of my all-time favourites. I cannot recommend this enough.Read in 2016Re-read 2017:The only other thing I will add is that re-reading the book after knowing all the characters from the three books that are in the series so far is worth it. I enjoyed this book more on the re-read.Second re-read in 2017:I genuinely can't help it; I'm addicted to this series.Third re-read in 2017: So looking at the dates on Goodreads, the longest I stayed away from the series since I first discovered it had been four months. Every other time somehow, it's been three. This isn't planned, but it seems after four months, I miss the characters and the universe Drew Hayes has created so much that I have to go back.

  • Jheurf
    2018-09-25 00:20

    It was a slog, but I did finish it, because there was a good story in there. It was just buried under bad metaphors, stilted phrasings, unneeded modifiers (cool wet river water?) and just awful attempts at wry humour, all making for an overly long book. This book did not need to be 800+ pages. I get that it was originally a web series, but still...I listened to the audio book, so can't really quote passages, but here's an example of what you could expect:"Vince asked Nick if he still had his invitation, since he had lost his because he did not think it important and lost track of it. Nick lifted his arm, extended his thumb and index then plunged them in his front jeans pocket. He rifled for a while and pulled out a tattered folded piece of paper. He unfolded it slowly and handed it to Vince, saying "ask and ye shall receive, my good man". Vince looked at the unfolded piece of paper, a deep crease down the middle of it. At the top it said "invitation" in black letters." I'm interested in the craft of writing and I'm always wondering at the choice between writing a scene and just mentioning that it happened. Do you write the whole discussion you had with your coach about what power you should focus on or do you just mentioned that you did? This book is a perfect example of what not to do. Interesting things get mentioned while whole scenes are about inane stuff. It's not even for character development.There's hints of coolness and sinister dealings in the background. A few throwaway comments hint at deeper meanings. Coach saying "Ah yes, so like his father", Chad reacting to the mention of a disgraced hero. I say throwaway because none of those things are ever expanded on or explained! A little less make-out sessions and a little more substance please. I was aiming for 3 stars IF I got some closure on a few these. I didn't so 2 stars.I think like 5 people have issues with their dad.Imagine X-Men First Class, focusing on the dating and socializing.And the narrator was terrible. His different voices were just bad caricatures. Just because a character is named Hershel, doesn't mean he should sound like Mort form Family Guy.*I started writing this review when I had about 50 minutes left on this 22 hour audiobook. The last 40 minutes are pretty kick-ass and make me almost want to read volume 2. This angers me.*

  • Melyna
    2018-10-04 01:21

    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.Second listening - Even better. The first listen was awesome, but this time I caught things I didn't before and because I knew some things from having listened to the next two, I had some fun moments of Wow! I should have picked up on that.

  • Jerry Newhouse
    2018-10-07 01:11

    First off, I’d like to say that the length of this book was just right for the complexity of the story told. It needed to be long, but it wasn’t too long. Secondly, this is a very well thought out story that the author obviously put a ton of thought into. Granted there were numerous typos throughout, especially towards the later quarter, but they weren’t so numerous as to become obnoxious. I loved all the truly unique powers everyone had. At least they weren’t all the usual types we hero–lovers have come to know and expect. Love Vince, he is the average teenage boy who can kick butt when he is forced to. Then there is his antithesis, Nick. Still wondering what our casino Mafia boy is really all about. This book was so much fun that I immediately jumped into Year Two. This book is an action–packed thriller and, I absolutely hate to use this term, a page–turner. I would recommend this to anyone who loves comic books (excuse me, graphic novels) or wants to explore a completely new world full of fun and adventure. Oh yes, let’s not forget all the teenage romance. A decent amount exists here, as well.

  • Abby Goldsmith
    2018-10-11 20:03

    It's like Harry Potter, but with superpowers, and in college in California.After reading NPCs, I was unsure about trying this author again, but I'm glad my book club talked me into it. I got drawn in and hooked. Maybe I'm just a sucker for characters with powers. There is a lot of really fun dialogue and character interaction, and I will definitely be reading the sequel, and probably the rest of the series. Downsides: The prose level is somewhere near R.L. Stine, with an overload of said bookisms. The world-building is close to the same level as the Harry Potter series, with quirky teachers and an implied wider world of superheroes, mixed with small factors that don't quite gel if you think about it too hard. Upsides: Engaging characters, and some genuine feel-good moments and suspense. Excellent pacing. The book is nice and long, and for me, there was no lag or boring bits, even though it covers an entire school year--much like in Harry Potter, they have Halloween, Christmas, winter break, final exams, etc. The dialogue had me laughing out loud in a few places, better than what you'd get from most sitcoms. I look forward to seeing how these characters grow.

  • Eric Jackson
    2018-10-01 20:26

    I'm a big fan of drew Hayes. I like his writing style and he makes me care about characters effortlessly. I also enjoyed books about superheroes, particularly origin stories of which this is obviously one. I'm giving this book 3 stars because of the many, many, many moments in the book where I felt the author was incredibly insensitive about gender by his frequent use of outdated clichés and barely veiled sexism. I've not experienced this in any other of Drew Haye's writings, which I highly recommend, particularly his NPC series. His geek pedigree is clear, but it appears, unfortunately, that some of the gaming worlds sexism has crept into this work. I'm going to continue reading the series, in the hope that, since this is an early work, that sexism disappears as I read forward. I cannot however recommend this book to anyone else.

  • Cor
    2018-10-01 20:24

    This is an interesting book but a bit too simplistic for my tastes. It tries very hard to be mature, both with its plot and character's, but never really manges to do that. The talk and behaviour of most of the cast far too often reads like a 14/15 year old imagines "cool adults" to behave and the same can be said of the general world building and plotting.

  • Matthew Wentworth
    2018-10-07 00:21

    Fun read. Nothing earth-shattering plot wise, but you can always count on Drew Hayes to deliver fun characters.

  • Wende
    2018-10-12 00:18

    Loved this book. The audio book was great and really it made the story come alive.

  • Micha Lee
    2018-10-13 21:07

    Only read this if you miss the days of old.. in college and frat parties. Other than that, don't read. This is quite literally the worse book I have ever read. I don't understand how the author changed the story from teens with super powers to just about frat parties. No character has depth, each are one sided, there is no arch in the book, nothing to over come, just frat parties and trying to have sex? The female characters are not even part of the story? They seem more like background characters, I hated reading any part with them, all they do is either (1) talk about the men they like, or (2) talk about clothes they want to wear around the men they like. The male characters are either (1) stereo typical "jerk jock" or (2) stereo typical "nice guy". The ONLY reason for continuing to finish this train wreck (pun intended if you read) is the side character Chad that is hardly present in the book.

  • Nathaniel
    2018-10-14 19:20

    So, I'm not a huge fan of off-brand super heroes. And "off brand" is really how I feel about them. There's Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoners (starting with Steelheart) and Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes and George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards and probably a couple more, and every time I read them I feel like my parents brought home Tasteeos instead of Cheerios, you know? I'm not sure if it's that the best powers are taken, or the best names, or what, but they don't usually work for me. I picked up Super Powereds despite these reservations because of how much I liked his other books so much: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Undeath and Taxes, and Bloody Acquisitions. I was a little worried it would be a repeat of my experience with Jim Butcher's Codex of Alera series. I loved the Dresden Files, but he kept writing this blurbs in those books asking for people to read his true love (horse and sword fantasy), so I finally did and, yeah... they were OK.Same thing here, in the end. Super Powereds was OK.The premise is pretty cool: if you can control your super power you're a super. But if you have a super power you can't deliberately control, you're a "powered" and the world hates you. At the outset, a mysterious corporation runs an experiment on 5 powered kids that turns them into superpowers: gives them the ability to control their powers. They get sent--undercover--to a program where supers get certified as heroes (HCP: hero certification program). The beginning was pretty good. The ending was really strong. My only problem--aside from the off-brand super heroes--was the fact that the middle was really kind of long and uninteresting. There was an awful, awful lot of attention paid to college relationships that, honestly, I just really didn't care about. So, it was pretty good, but mostly I'm just hoping for more stories about Fred the Vampire Accountant.

  • Bekah the Awesome
    2018-10-05 23:15

    FIVE platypires! I was smart and bought book 2 before I finished book 1, so I wouldn't have to wait for a download. And while I don't regret that move at all, as I was able to move seamlessly into year 2, it's not absolutely necessary, as there's not the horrible cliffhanger I was dreading. So FYI, those of you concerned about those types of things, have no fear. I'm on like a hardcore Drew Hayes kick so far this year, and this book confirmed that my newest platonic author crush isn't letting up. I love concept of the storyline. And the execution. And the nerdiness. And the suspense. Okay, the suspense almost killed me, (and we're not really in the clear for a few more books) but that's part of what makes it great, right?! And the action! Seriously, I feel like vivid is a good word to use to describe the action. And, there's even some love stories mixed in. It's pretty much a perfectly balanced book. It might be my favorite. The only thing missing is a gaggle of platypires and we'd have a winner for sure. I'll say the story wouldn't suffer with a final proofread, but quite honestly, given the sheer volume of words in the book, the reviewable areas are not very significant.

  • Val Booklover
    2018-10-10 02:11

    I was in a sort of funk, and really really needed something light and fun, but absolutely not dumb. So, a friend of mine directed me to Drew Hayes' Super Powereds stories. These started as online short episodes that were posted along the year and encompassed each fictional college year of the characters. I was a little wary, since YA is not my fave genre; it has to be either very intelligent, very imaginative and/or have great characters to grab my attention. But I decided to give it a try. Well, let me tell you this: I am now on book 3.Why? Well, even when it takes a while to develop, the characters are great, realistic, consistent in their behaviour, and most of them are really intelligent. The powers are super (heh), the personalities very well defined; you really can relate to most of them! There are romantic touches (it is YA after all), but very few and definitely not the focus. The action (and there is a lot) is well balanced, and the underlying intrigue progresses slowly but surely.Ok, at first i was like "meh". But then found myself not able to put it down.Yep, it is light. Yep, there are lots of editing errors. But... what fun!

  • Becky
    2018-09-19 01:11

    I wanted to love this book, I really did. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything else I've read by this author and all of the same elements were there: motley cast of characters, supernatural elements, complicated plot, etc. But this one went off the rails a bit for me. There were too many characters, too many plot lines, too many points of view. It was impossible to really connect with anyone until well into a third of the book and even then there are unreliable narrators aplenty so it's hard to really settle in and root for anyone. I gave up and rooted for everyone, but it was unsatisfying. I also hated all of the f-bombs and other vulgar language. It felt completely unnecessary and jarring, especially during the times I was listening rather than reading.It feels like this book was written early in the author's career, and I think he's a better writer now. Just look at Fred or NPCs and you'll see what I mean. Still, I'm looking forward to the next books in the series with some excitement.

  • Meran Rhodes
    2018-10-02 01:26

    First off, this book was fun and I plan to get the next book as soon as I can. It was personable, witty, with a little intrigue and cutesy fun. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing this new idea of a magic system. I really liked that Hayes didn't stick to the "typical" super hero powers. It was fun to see what he came up with and how that translated to use. The banter between friends felt pretty natural and I laughed many times during this book. Kyle McCarley did a fantastic job with the narration even though I was a bit dubious about his talent at the beginning. Also, I freaking love Mrs. Daniels!That being said, the fact that this book didn't take itself too seriously is really its saving grace. That fact let me not take it too seriously resulting in me being able to enjoy the ride, and ignore a chunk of the writing faux pas... the veritable plethora of them. So what were these ignoble faux pas? Here they are. #1 Head-hopping. I have never read a book with this amount of head-hopping in my life. if the 5 main characters are all in a conversation together you might have a glance into every single one of their POVs by the end of the paragraph. It was a bit jarring at the beginning but once you understand that this is just the way its written and go along for the ride it becomes less jarring and more slightly endearing because you get to constantly glimpse tiny emotions and insights from inside everyone's heads. #2 The Rabbit Hole. This book takes running down a bunny trail to a whole new level and often takes the reader all the way down the rabbit hole. After the getting used to the head-hopping frenzy, this writing habit is MUCH less jarring. The rabbit hole diversions usually ended up being interesting enough insights into characters but sadly usually had little to no driving point in the story whatsoever. These sections could have benefited from a decent edit and a few re-writes to clean the book up and get rid of unnecessary character "development" and I use the word development very loosely. #3 The Pseudo Intrigue. There was quite a bit of this that ended up feeling a lot like an over dramatized campfire story with the soul purpose of trying to keep us on the edge of our seats when 80% of the time there wasn't anything intriguing at all about what was happening. This also extends to several characters saying something to the effect of "Well, my dad is a renowned hero..." and then no one follows up with the most obvious, "Sweet, who's your dad?". It was annoying but not unforgivable. #4 The Zero Lead Up Flashbacks. There are quite a few places in this book where Hayes takes us back in time to give us a view into one of the characters pasts. I love the idea. I even write with this same tactic, however Hayes takes us into a flashback with no warning. This may be different in the printed version but in the audiobook there was no warning whatsoever. There was no "fifteen years ago" or even a "Before". Nope. The listener is simply dropped into the memory and left to fend for themselves. This is however mostly mitigated by the talented Kyle McCarley. #5 The Never Ending Said. Nick said. Alice said. Said Vince. Said Mary. I get denoting the speaker but there are SO many more ways to do that than with such an unimaginative constant simple tag. Hayes was really good about not doing this at the beginning and toward the end but in the middle it was like said central and it got a tad bit mind bending. However the dialogue was good/natural/cute enough that this sin was, for the most part, ignorable. #6 Random Character insights. I guess this could potentially fall into the rabbit hole faux pas but I felt it was enough distinctly its own. This happened more and more toward the 3/4 marker of the book where we would get treated to a student, granted it was always one we were previously acquainted with, usually sitting alone in his or her dorm, doing something and thinking about another student, usually one of the main 5. These insights were mildly interesting at best and at worst were kind of a WTF because they did NOTHING for the story at large. Okay so I am going to stop there with the ignorable faux pas and move on to the faux pas that could more be classified as sins and were the primary reasons this book lost 2 stars in its rating. #1 The Zero Lead In Explosion. There is very little driving plot for the 70% of the book. Its all about the kids getting through school and learning about their powers, each other and themselves. It is 100% character driven and I have no problem with that whatsoever. What I do have a problem with is one of two "major" events that happen comes completely out of left field. There is no lead in. No build up. No hints or real suggestion of danger. No nothing and then - BAM! Two people turn evil and kids are kidnapped and all hell breaks loose! But with all the bunny trail/rabbit holes/random POV insights throughout the book one would think that there would be some kind of lead in/build up. Nope. Nothing. It just happens. Materializes out of nothing and it bugged the crap out of me. #2 The Overshadowed Huge Reveal. This huge reveal actually did have some foreshadowing and I was excited to see how it played out. The sad part of that was, directly after the big reveal the Zero Lead In Explosion happens and the big reveal gets shoved over to the side, relegated to second rate citizen until the very end of the book. Okay, so I get that the huge reveal is going to actually play into book two way more then book one, or at least I hope it does, but the way it was structured didn't work. #3 The Excessive Padding. As much as I was willing to just roll with the rabbit holes this book really needed to be edited down into a much more deliberate story. It floundered like a whale out of water for a good amount of the book. Was it an enjoyable book? Yes, for the most part. Was it the best it could be? Not even close.

  • Keri Kobussen
    2018-09-29 23:25

    Audio book review.I'm getting definite Harry Potter/Divergent vibes from this book. To sum it up briefly, it's a book about five young adults going off to college for the first time. Most of the students there are average humans, some are Powereds (those born with extra abilities but who lack total control over them), and some are Supers (those born with abilities and who are able to control them). The main focus of this story is on the small part of the student body attending this school specifically to take part in the Hero Certification Program (HCP). This is an underground (literally) group of courses specifically designed to train the next generation of Heroes. Supers are considered supreme, elite, and until this point only Supers have been allowed into the program. Our main characters are the first five Powereds to ever have been admitted, and it's only because their advisors, Mr. Transport and Mr. Numbers, on behalf of the organization they work for, came up with a way to give Powereds control over their abilities. Out in the world, Powereds are considered second-class citizens, even though they outnumber Supers 3 to 1 (or something ridiculous like that), so the five students who are part of this "experiment" have to keep it a secret from the rest of the students in the program. In this world, the students who are part of the HCP are also graded on their ability to keep their identities secret. No one outside of the program should know they are currently in training.I feel like this story has a lot of great action sequences. It's similar to Harry Potter, in that it takes place in an educational setting, and the students are actually attending classes and learning new skills. As we meet each new character we learn about their skill and see how they use it. One girl can influence the emotions of all around her by singing, another can turn her entire body into steel, one can fly, one can animate objects to do her bidding or to spy for her, one can read minds, one can clone herself, etc. The story is similar to Divergent, in that the students are ranked according to battle skills and hero potential. The students are encouraged to challenge each other to trade positions in the ranks, and the top 5 are sort of held above the others in their own elite class. The students are learning how to fight, and are separated into Combat and Alternative training after their midterm. For weeks at a time, the students who fall into the Combat category of abilities are instructed to beat the crap out of each other for the entire period, and the use of powers is not allowed. Kinda like gladiators, and I'm surprised more students don't drop out or get kicked out of the program.I enjoyed the scenes where the students are dropped into a laser tag game, forced to climb a mountain, and go on spring break floating down a river in tubes with beer coolers. There were bits of the story that strayed from a "typical college experience", I think, but considering the level of suspended disbelief that is already required for a book like this, it didn't bug me too much as a reader. I kinda wish it would have gotten a bit more descriptive for the sexy time scenes though. Often it was sort of cut short, or just hinted at, and the perv in me wanted a bit more. Probably just personal preference, though. Hell, if the author had expanded those scenes more, the book would have been even longer! Already it's 26 hours!I am a character-driven reader, and this book delivered! For the most part. I enjoy the slow introduction of our cast of characters, then the gradual revealing of details about them. I think in this book, the buildup of character layers, the development, worked really well. It also shows the bonds growing between different characters, and makes the connections clearer for readers. Surprisingly, my favorite character turned out to be Roy, who is the "power" that Herschel has inside of him. Roy needs to be triggered by whiskey, and when he comes out, he is a total badass and horndog. However, I found his character development to be the most touching. We get a bit of flashback to when Roy first appeared. Herschel was being picked on, and Roy could see it, and just somehow popped out to help. Herschel's mom is there to help her son, and is told this strange boy is actually her son (in this world, it's common for children to develop powers, whether they are controllable or not, so this wasn't super shocking to anyone). I felt actually sort of emotional as the author described Herschel's mom looking into Roy's eyes and seeing that this boy is actually her son as well. They describe themselves as brothers, although they've never actually "met". They share memories, but can't really communicate with each other in real time. I remember feeling real empathy for Roy when his mom is there for parent's weekend, and he receives praise from his instructors, and when Herschel has to explain to his sort of stunned friends that Roy really loves their mother. Otherwise, Roy is sort of angry and standoffish about most things. He gifts Alice, another one of the five from the group, a coupon for one free night of sex, and she just laughs and appreciates the gesture, because in his mind it's probably a really thoughtful gift. I fully enjoy every scene that he's in, and LOVE his character development.Unfortunately, not enough to continue on with the series immediately. Like I said, the first book was about 26 hours long, and felt like it took FOREVER to get through. While I enjoyed most of the scenes, and I like the characters, I don't need to know right now what happens to them. The first book ended with just minor cliffhangers, or sort of predictable plot twists, so I'm not left hanging. I will put the second book in my wish list, though. Eventually I'll get to it!

  • Cloak88
    2018-10-01 01:02

    University meet superhero bootcamp.Super powerds is a surprisingly intelligent take on superheroes. Lander university is one in only a few places where super powered humans can certify to become legal heroes. But only a very select few. because only 25% of all powered individuals is actually capable of controlling those powers.....Until now.This multi-POV story emerges you in a truly interesting world. The world building is subtle, but oh so powerful. While the story itself takes on themes like prejudice, responsibility and self exploration. And in the end of it all Mr Hayes manages to create one of the most realistic superhero stories i've ever read.Book 2 will definitely find itself on my to-read list.

  • Cloak88
    2018-10-04 21:03

    University meet superhero bootcamp.Super powerds is a surprisingly intelligent take on superheroes. Lander university is one in only a few places where super powered humans can certify to become legal heroes. But only a very select few. because only 25% of all powered individuals is actually capable of controlling those powers.....Until now.This multi-POV story emerges you in a truly interesting world. The world building is subtle, but oh so powerful. While the story itself takes on themes like prejudice, responsibility and self exploration. And in the end of it all Mr Hayes manages to create one of the most realistic superhero stories i've ever read.Book 2 will definitely find itself on my to-read list.

  • Meagan
    2018-09-19 00:23

    Sky High for adults. Also, a really enjoyable audiobook.

  • Steven Naylor
    2018-10-03 00:58

    Rating 4.0 stars Let me start by saying this book is sort of a "bubble-gum" fantasy book (Is that even a phrase). By that I mean that it is lighthearted, simplistic but still fun. In this world there are people who have special powers. If a person is not able to control those powers, that person is labelled a "Powered". This is about the worst thing anyone can be in this world, considered worse than being anything else. If a person can control their powers then they are considered "Super". However, just because a super can control their powers does not mean that they can fight crime. Only a super who passes the hero certification can legally fight crime. The story starts with 5 teenage "powereds" being approached to undergo a experimental procedure that would turn them into "Supers", then they would be enrolled in a College to try and pass the hero certification.I want to reiterate that the only difference between a Super and a Powered is control of their powers, but that has nothing to do with the strength of that power. One super in the book could make bubbles, and thats it. Because she was able to control it though, she was considered a Super. Another person could Teleport, but only when that person sneezed - making him a Powered. There was a huge rift between the Supers and Powereds. The supers treated the powereds terribly, thinking they were just too lazy to control their powers. I didn't really completely understand the hatred between the groups. I would have thought being powered would be something people would pity, but not outright hate.As I stated above, this book is pretty simplistic. There was a character named Mr. Numbers, who was good with thinking. A character named Mr. Transport, who could - you guessed it - teleport. Mr. Move could control peoples bodies, etc. Again if you are looking for a sophisticated read, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a little super powered fun though, this could be your book. This book was interesting enough to make me want more. There were so many different powers and so many different ways to use them. The story takes place in college where the children/young adults are there to learn how to use their powers and be a hero. There was a little bit of everything, and my only complaint was that I wanted a lot of everything. There was power training and fight training which I loved but it did not get as in depth as I would have liked. There was superhero ethical discussions and dilemma's but again it did not go into too much detail. There was talk about sex throughout (these are college kids after all), but again it was more of a passing discussion and nothing too interesting. The main characters while not too simplistic, were also not very complicated either. I kept wanting more of everything. Of, course that would make this good book into a great book in my opinion and I was not too upset.The story is pretty simplistic as well. Pretty much it is these kids going to College and growing up. The only thing that made them different is they have to hide the fact they used to be Powered. Something else happened at the end of the book which may be important driver of the story in the next books, but again - if you are looking for a great story with a complicated plot, this is not the book for you. For me I had a good time listening to this book and am looking forward to the next one.

  • Doug
    2018-09-26 20:57

    I like Drew Hayes as a writer.I discovered him somewhere and discovered NPC's and it's sequels.I like the way that he creates characters in his novels.He truly gives them their own persona that is different from the rest of his multiple novels and the characters in those.I appreciate that as a reader of multiple novels by him. (By my count, five novels so far.)And he is definitely a very smart nerd/ geek or [fill in the blank].I can even disregard the multiple editing errors that showed in my Kindle copy I bought. The discerning reader has a tendency to gloss over those IF there is an interesting story being told.And all that I came out with after reading Super Powereds: Year 1 is that he had an an idea. A very Harry Potter/ SkyHigh/ comic books idea, but not a real thought where he wanted to go with this novel until about 70% through it.I did make this same comment on my review of NPC's on Goodreads about that novel (I phrased it differently there, if you have an interest you can read it here)But he got got better and better with the sequels.I am hoping that he can do the same with his sequels to this novel. I will start Super Powerds: Year 2 tomorrow. Hopefully, Mr. Drew Hayes will develop these characters and the story he wants to tell.Oh! And what is the novel about?Well, there are super powered people in this world. They have the opportunity to become heroes. They are divided into two castes though. "Supers", who at a young age, can control their powers and "Powereds" who have powers but have no control of theirs'.But the protagonists of the book (who are "Powereds") are given a chance to control their powers and are sent to hero certification at college with Supers and non-powered people. (Drew Hayes does not go so far to call them 'Muggles'.)

  • John-Philip
    2018-09-23 19:11

    This was a fun take on a world with heroes. A school for heroes isn't anything new, but a world where someone with powers doesn't necessarily control those powers. These people, called powereds, are looked down upon as lazy or a waste of space and if they "would only control their powers" they'd be called supers. The problem is that they can't, until now.Five young powereds are given a treatment turning them into supers, and its not something they can tell their classmates out of fear for what would happen. It's a good metaphor for our own society where people are hated for something they are born as, but it's mostly in the background as the story focuses on the five teens. Heroes are responsible for people's lives, so only the best are allowed to be heroes and the coaches takes that seriously. They have to grow stronger, or get out. Each teen learns more about themselves and each other. Going from a lifetime of being hated into a life of being accepted isn't easy and that journey is probably relatable to a lot of people. The first book is about the first year at Lander University, and the Hero Certification Program is five years so there's probably going to be as many books although at the time of writing there's only three.The audiobook is 26h which is 2-3 times longer than most other books I've listened to. It's at least that many times better than Drew Hayes's other book NPCs, although that doesn't mean I give it 5/5. I won't be picking up the sequels as fast as I did with the Supervillany saga by C.T. Phipps, which was a lot more entertaining in a funny way, but I will read the sequels because the five teens really grew on me.

  • Stephen
    2018-10-01 21:58

    I've experienced this book three times. Twice on Kindle and once via audiobook. I'm always amazed at the skill with which Mr. Hayes draws together a tapestry of characters and makes you care deeply for all of them. The world is simple. There are humans. There are superhero types called Supers, who all have extraordinary abilities, and there are Powereds. The latter group are people with abilities like pyrokenesis, telepathy or teleportation. But, they cannot control their gifts and often constitute a danger to themselves or others. They are the third tier of society. Five Powereds undergo a mysterious procedure that gives them control of their abilities for the first time in their lives. They are enrolled in the Hero Certification Program at Lander University, sworn to secrecy about their former status as Powereds. In many ways Lander is like Hogwarts, but differently organized. But there is no one single protagonist. All five of the former Powereds are the heroes of the story. The way Mr. Hayes deftly draws scenes, places the characters in situations, orchestrates the action and resolves the conflicts makes the story a joy to experience. About halfway through I found I had what Stephen King calls the "gotta". I gotta see what happens next. That's what makes a fantastic book for me.I'm a searcher. I am always looking for a good book with engaging characters and a tight plot. I discovered this series when I was looking for something (anything) to fill the massive void the completion of the Harry Potter series left in me. There is a sense of joy and engagement that exists in too few books.Highly recommended.

  • Justin
    2018-09-30 02:20

    So thinking about this book after I finished it, it really resembles Harry Potter. A Group of friends bonds together among turmoil and hard ship, they find a bond then have a grand test at the end of the school year that is beyond what school has planned and they pass and get exempted from finals and continue on to the next year. All in all there is a greater threat out there that the students are preparing for unbeknownst to them. Now instead of magic they each have individual super powers that they have to employ together in order to be victorious. Gotta say there are quite a bit of similarities, but hey if it ain't broke don't fix it right. Proven outlines that are a success why change. Ok as long as all books don't follow this then it should be ok. I did really like it though, more than what I thought I would. What I enjoyed though was the in depth nature of the book, you really got to know each character and got attached to them, I think without that I would delay getting and reading the other books for a little bit, but now I'm invested in the characters and will of course continue on quickly! The one thing that I didn't like was the all the swearing. I know college kids swear and use foul language, but for the sake of the adventure and knowing this is only a book, swearing was not necessary. Also now I won't let my 13yr old son read it either, maybe that is the intention for it to be an adult book, but it could have been slightly altered and been amazing for teen/adult age groups. Just a thought.