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Super Powereds: Year 1

(Super Powereds #1)

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**Update** 8/23/2013: Professionally edited.

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
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Kindle Edition, 732 pages
Published January 7th 2014 (first published February 19th 2013)
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Carlos Only read Super Powereds out of all your options, but Cape High and Please Don't Tell My Parents seem to be more children/middle school oriented stori…moreOnly read Super Powereds out of all your options, but Cape High and Please Don't Tell My Parents seem to be more children/middle school oriented stories. Super Powereds is more on the YA side, as the characters are all college-aged, and therefore the author would seemingly have a chance (and does in Super Powereds) to explore more mature themes and settings.(less)
Susan Townsend This is not really YA. The characters are college aged, living in a communal dorm setting. Lots of drinking, some sex, though not explicit, and by the…moreThis is not really YA. The characters are college aged, living in a communal dorm setting. Lots of drinking, some sex, though not explicit, and by the end of the series the characters are adults. Lots of action. As the series progresses some of the dysfunctional family dynamics are pretty intense. Bottom line is that it’s a judgement call. Having taught middle school I’d say that young readers generally prefer books about the next age-level: pre-teens like books about teenagers and teen-angers like books about college-aged, but they don’t often jump two age-levels. You might try the Arc of the Scythe series next for a very mature pre-teen - my 12 year old grandson loved books 1 & 2, book 3 is due out this fall. I was leery of it because the main characters’ jobs involve killing people, but the rationale makes sense in a fantasy world. Heavy on philosophical questions. (less)

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Mike (the Paladin)
***Originally reviewed in 2016 but I had to correct a typo.


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 a
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Jheurf
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 inv
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Janelle
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 boo
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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 ...more
Samantha
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero
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 s ...more
Cor Markhart
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Emma
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great fun! I really loved the main characters and they came a long way in the space of a year. Really looking forward to the rest of the series.
Eloisa James
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Big surprises, engrossing characters
Derpa
I have never read a web serial in my life. Maybe that makes me not suited to review this, but I will still do it because nobody can stop me.
I have also never watched My Hero Academia, though Tiger & Bunny is a favourite of mine and it does involve superheroes. Again, my frame of reference for understanding this thing is more and more limited, it seems.

A group of young people go to college to become superheroes. The catch? In this world 'powereds' are ones who have powers, but can't control t
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Alois Harris
Three word review: Cliched. Tedious. Inconsequential.

Slightly longer review as pointless as 80% of this book was:

This book is one hell of a slog. After I finished it I discovered that it started as a web series, which helps explain the segmented, drawn out story telling and out-of-left-field "twist" at the end. Characters are one dimensional and bland and their motivations are comically (*snicker*) adolescent and predictable. Action is rarely ever used for character development; instead, the a
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Steven Naylor
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4.0 stars

Re-listened April 2019: I appreciate this story more since I know where it is going. I really like this series.

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, conside
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stormin
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 Po
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Chip
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superheroes
Superhero Hogwarts. 3.5 stars. Maybe this entry four stars, because I think I thought the most of this one (vs the other three volumes) - but am writing this review after reading all four; def only 3 stars by the end of the series. Clearly originally web-fiction - although this entry less in need of an editor, and cutting, than later volumes (esp volume/year 4, which seemed like 900 pages).
Abby Goldsmith
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 bookism
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Eric Jackson
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super
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 reco
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Cloak88
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
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Soo
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
Mini-Review:

A few of my GR friends really enjoyed this series. I figured I would like it but I wasn't quite as sure once I started the book. The intro & setup for the series is a little vague & slow paced. It takes a while for the layers to build into a more complete view and really create the characters and setting. Once it was established, my interest went from slight interest into true curiosity & enjoyment.

There's a lot of world building and characters being sorted out in the beginning. Be
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Apu
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We follow 6 teenagers through their first year of a super hero training college. They live in a world where a small percentage of the population has some sort of an ability and they are categorized into Powereds and Supers; Supers have full control over their abilities and Powereds don't. The 6 we follow started off as Powereds and through some unknown experiments have gained control of their abilities. We follow them through the first year of college for Supers as they get to know one another, ...more
Melyna
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 audioboo
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Daniel
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen this described as Harry Potter for adults, and it's by far the closest I've ever come to that. It's a lot more logical though (As much as it can be, while being a book about essentially superheroes), so if you found HP too flimsy with its logic, you might like this more. It doesn't quite have the same charm though, some of the (PUN!) magic of HP is the childlike world and the lore and "chosen one"-themes which this book doesn't have anything of - which is actually a plus for a lot of p ...more
Jerry Newhouse
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes super hero stories
Shelves: supers
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
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Lindsey
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-fave16, y-supers
This is so long but loved it. I like to have people I can ship together and hope to see changes with. But this is a fun concept of a world where there are heroes with super powers. There are also people not qualified to be heroes legally but still have super powers (and this is the largest group). Lastly you have people with powers, but uncontrollable powers like going from bruce banner to the hulk (huge difference in this book on the shifted type on both ends). These "powereds" are viewed so ve ...more
Micha Lee
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 characte
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Cloak88
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
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DJay
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a pretty damn interesting take on super hero's. It's a story about 5 people who are super hero's but can't control their abilities. After a procedure, they end up being able to control their abilities, but due to the hard life that they had, they have to grow out of their upbringing to learn how to come together. Overall, the characters are all colorful, and I'm liking the way that the characters are set up for a year two. If book two is half as book one, I'll be happy. If you're looking ...more
Meagan
Sky High for adults. Also, a really enjoyable audiobook.
Lazybee
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Superhero novel with underpowered heroes with a tinge of mystery. Looking forward to the next installment.
Carla Enright
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE. GO READ IT NOW.
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 unbelievabl
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Dave Stone
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drew Hayes knocks it out of the park again

I've become a very big fan of Drew Hayes books. I'm tired of grimdark and anti-heroes and Main characters who are scumbags. Drew's characters are like an antidote to that. After reading all available of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, and the NPC books I thought I'd try his take on superpowereds.
I'm not a big fan of supes in books but I love Drew Hayes books so I tried it why not.
Freakin' loved it.
This is one of his first books. I can see how he got more
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Andrea S. Kaufman
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 da
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