Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult
Kenna is tired of being "normal."The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating when you're constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna's smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it's hard not to feel inferior. So when three villains break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She's not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too. But in the heat of battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains is upended. And to protect her life and those she loves, she must team up with her sworn enemies on a mission that will redefine what it means to be powerful and powerless...
Powerless was one of those books I came across while scanning through upcoming releases and I am glad I did! As soon as I read that this book was about heroes and villains and their superpowers, I immediately had to request it.
Kenna is the main character and she is sick of being “normal” and being treated differently from everyone around her because they have some sort of superpower and she doesn’t. This is the catalyst to Kenna’s secret experiment that she happens to be working on in her mother’s lab after hours when she is taken by surprise by some villains who are looking for something specific. After her father was killed by a villain, Kenna has some pretty strong opinions about villains and when she thwarts their plans, Kenna is pulled into something bigger than she expected.
As Kenna realizes things aren’t black and white in the world of superheroes, she finds herself working together with some villains to protect her friends and family from those she thought were there to protect her.
I liked Kenna and if I were dodging some dangerous people, I wouldn’t mind being on the same side as her. I also would want to be working together with the group she is working with. Not only do they each have their own specific powers but they are also great characters. Childs and Deebs did a great job developing these characters and I found myself enjoying each and every one.
This story has a solid foundation of sci-fi and the story was good but I wanted to know more about what was going on outside of the lab and this world of heroes and villains. We never really got a glimpse outside of a news story and the fact that Kenna’s father was killed by a villain of what they did that was so bad. I guess I wanted more story to show why the villains were really….villainous.
Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down so that hopefully tells you that it was good. Along with the science fiction stuff, the story has plenty of action and some definitely swoony bits. I loved seeing the relationship develop between Draven and Kenna and I also appreciated seeing the friendship Kenna had not only with Rebel but also with her ex, Jeremy. This was a fairly quick read and add to that the fact that it was entertaining and had some fantastic characters, I will definitely be checking out the next book in this series to see where Childs/Deebs goes with the story.
Thank you to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for the review copy!