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I Want Superpowers

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  29 reviews
“It’s like the lovechild of 1984 and The Chrysalids.”
-Joe Pedro, Passport magazine

The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (short for “DNA regulars”) and superpowered “Supergenics” now live separately from each other: the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City, the dregs across the river in the squat concrete
Paperback, 1st, 260 pages
Published November 26th 2016 by Jambor
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Elizabeth Sagan
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS! I received I Want Superpowers from the author in return for an honest review, and let me tell you: this is the best book that I was asked to read in all my bookstagram/goodreads history. I am so happy that I found such a series to look forward to! Do you even know how difficult is to find a good dystopian book about people with superpowers?!
You have this story of a post-apocalyptic world, divided between the Supergenics (those who have superpowers) and the dregs (those who don’t),
Thomas Clairmont
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received I Want Superpowers from the author in return for an honest review. So first off all, I wanted to start this review by saying a huge thank you to Steven Bereznai for being such a kind author!

I Want Superpowers is a dystopian novel, so at first I was a little bit scared to read the exact same thing that I have already read from different authors, but it wasn’t the case! This book has plenty of amazing twists and I wasn’t ready for most of them tbh and that is why I found this book extre
Syd (deertales)
4.5 stars!

I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book!

I have a huge interest in superheroes due to my Marvel obsessed boyfriend, so when Steven Bereznai offered to send a copy of "I Want Superpowers" my way, I wholeheartedly agreed.

I feel like it needs to be said that I am always mildly hesitant to accept books from authors. The reason being that when I because really interested in the book world and reviewing books seriously (rather than the old "it was good!" reviews I used to
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to start off this review by thanking the author, Steven Bereznai, for sending me this fantastic book to read and review. It took me a while to read as I've been extremely busy, but this book was worth it! Every time I picked this book up, no matter where I was in the story, it was just as riveting and wonderful! There was not a single slow scene! This book had the perfect mix of world building, character development and rich content that were tied beautifully with a unique form of writi ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: underrated-books
This book was amazing! It definitely had some minor flaws, but I just couldn't put it down! Another review is coming soon!

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Monday, February 13, 2017
BOOKREVIEW: I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai
Hello bookdragons!
Welcome back to my blog!

Fist of all, I'm so sorry for disappearing! I was just a bit more busy than I usually am, because I was hosting another super fun #stefansreadalong and there's also a gi
I Want Superpowers is a wonder of a story! It was so much more than I ever imagined when I sat down to read this novel. Set in a dystopian society where the inhabitants are truly divided via the “Have, Have-Nots” rule, except in this case it is regarding genetics. Once the society lived as a whole until their children started being born with special abilities, referred to as manifestations. These abilities caused fear and social outcry is never a good thing. The dregs (DNA regulars) did everythi ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The proper review will be uploaded soon on YT
Books of Cat
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 ⭐️'s

This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. This review is not affected by anything, it contains my true feelings.
Actually, his novel arrived a week ago but I was in a reading slump. I was afraid to start reading. Then I changed my mind and read the first two chapters of I Want Superpowers. The minute I finished chapter two, I couldn't put it down.
This book is about a dystopian world where Dregs (humans) and Supergenics (super powered people) live. They
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is described as The Hunger Games meets X-Men and when I was like about 50 pages into the book, it was indeed felt like The Hunger Games. But the more i dug into it, oh man, it was so genuine and so eventful. There was also a concept of comics that was used in the book and I think it was quite interesting how things revealed in the end and the significant of the comic drawings to the story. Also, this book is hilarious and the writing style is easy to be read and not confusing at all.

Joey Wargachuk
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of strong female protagonists, and the character of Caitlin Feral is a great addition to literary heroines who kick butt. Her love interest, Bradie, manages to be a brat, but sweet at the same time. And her unlikely best friend, nerdy and socially awkward Normand, always finds a way of holding his own (I would love to say more, but no spoilers!). "I Want Superpowers" has plenty of satisfying twists and unexpected turns, set in an interesting dystopian world that I hope the author w ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, superhero
I have mixed feeling with this one.
Good thing? I liked the universe. I could have loved it, but the book doesn't give you that much, probably because it's a i'm-going-to-be-a-trilogy and the autor will have plenty of time to talk more about everything. Also, i like the aesthetic of it.
Bad thing? I didn't like any character. I didn't care about any of them. Maybe Norman, and i don't have enought of him. But, again, maybe this is part of his charm.
I don't feel the bonds between them are true. They
Rumsha A • Storiesandplottwists
I'm not into sci-fi genre, all that tech talk, machineries and amunition float halfway over my brain. Or that's what I thought until i read Steven Bereznai's 'I want Superpowers '.

This was the first sci-fi novel that i read, and liked it thoroughly. I can't wait for the second instalment! I kept turning page after page, and was amazed to see such intelligent writing. I feel that those who write Sci-fi and Fantasy novels are the most talented people in the world of Literature, because well, look
Luke Marlowe
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I Want Superheroes” is a book that manages to find a rather unique balance – the world is a dark, grim, dystopian one with very little light, but a lightness can be found in the characters, and, in rather touching scenes, their escape into the world of comics and superheroes. These characters live in a world inhabited by superpowered beings, but face injustice and mistreatment every day so it’s rather fitting then, that several of the characters find their escape in the fictional comics that on ...more
Karen Puebla flandez
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book , since I started reading it I couldn't not stop , is one of my fav ones and I will love to see it in a movie !!!! ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I Want Superpowers was AMAZING. I have read quite a few dystopian novels, and this one just became one of my favorites. I was hooked on this book from the very first chapter, talking about a Testing Day, I was imagining a Hunger Games/Divergent vibe, but what I got instead was a fantastical story that in spite of obstacles and challenges, it screamed hope. Yes, it had the bones of a typical dystopian (corrupt government, terrible society), but this is one of the most original books I have read. ...more
Andrew MacDonald
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm generally a slow reader, often a few at a time, but I couldn't put this down! Fast-paced, engaging characters, wonderful twists, a love letter to the comic book and science fiction genres. Highly recommend! ...more
Paige Turner
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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It isn’t difficult for me to not like a book. Seriously. All you have to do is include at least two of these things: A bad/lazy plot, cardboard side (or main) characters, a love-struck irrational female main character, lots of “coincidental/just-in-time” rescues, and the list goes on.

And let’s be clear, I don’t like reading these books, but I love reviewing these books.

But, do you know what’s hard to do? It’s hard to get me to like your book.

Do you know wha
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Reminiscent of hunger games, but not as well written. If these two books were the movie twins, then I want superpowers would be the Danny DeVito of the bunch.

It's face paced, entertaining and the created world is interesting, but I found myself caring very little for the characters and had little investment in what little character development took place.

The inclusion of queer ideas was half hazard and stood out as an odd peppering that occurred afterwards. Random mentions of individuals "who d
Joshua Hicken
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. somethings i thought would happen didn't somethings did.

Nice fun story.

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Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Ride

You’d think with that title it’d be all about how the MC gets superpowers. I’m not saying one way or another but things get far more interesting than just getting superpowers. Takes some different ideas onto the genre. Great fun, pulls you in nicely. Can’t wait for the next one.
Damian Serbu
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bereznai knows how to write compelling stories. Fast paced and original, I enjoyed this unique story. I was a little disappointed there weren't any LGBT characters, but that's not a criticism since that is not required of a book; just a personal desire I had when I picked the novel. ...more
Alexánder Obando
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Literatura de ciencia ficción para adolescentes. No está mal.
Bettina Simon
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. I think it's in my top favourite books I read in 2020. I can't wait for a sequel. ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I know my review of this book is long due because I have finished this a long time ago but better late than never right?

Disclaimer: An ebook copy was provided to me by the author but this does not affect my opinion in anyway.

First of all, I want to thank Author Steven Bereznai for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. He is so nice and very approachable.

Now to my review. The writing of this book is just amazing. It was so engag
Asia Paglino
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.
When I received this book and opened it, I was immediately struck by its cover, simple but at the same time flashy; if it had been a book on a bookshelf in the library, I would have certainly noticed.
The plot is exactly as it presents itself, a set of elements and twists that keep you glued, not only to the pages, but to the story, as if you were part of it.
The writing style is absolutely fluent, of those where you devour page a
Steven Bereznai
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author, so I'm totally biased, but it was a lot of fun to write, and there are still certain scenes that get me feeling tense inside and others where I think "oh right! That's what happens here!" I hope others have a similar (in a good way) experience. ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not quite what I expected,but I truly enjoyed it.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very strong YA novel, a fun and often fascinating cross of X-MEN and HUNGER GAMES, with a healthy (?) dollop of 1984 thrown in. Definitely worth your time.
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