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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.

Meg Sawyer has none of these things.

Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn't have to. She's a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City--where genetically
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Parliament House Press
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Taylor Simonds It is perfectly appropriate for middle school! There is no graphic violence or sexual content at all. Think Spider-Man: Homecoming or Teen Titans! :D

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
July FaeCrate Unboxing! Click on the link below the pic to see all of the GOODIES including the awesome hardback special edition of the book!


That was fanfreakingtastic! Loved these characters!! 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger Warning(s): Grief and gun violence.

Rep: Oliver is Korean. Sanjeet is an Indian. Penny is a Latina.

My Synopsis: Meg lives a regular life. She works at a coffee shop and lives on her own. She also has her GED. Meg doesn’t really have any hobbies. Her primary concern is putting food on the table and protecting herself from various superhero fights.

To please her boss Meg agrees to deliver some paperwork. Though Meg forgets to do it
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
I don’t know whose idea it was, exactly, to start turning random citizens into genetically enhanced superhumans, but I would like to meet them someday. I’ve got some bills I’d like to send them.

What a fun read! I was honestly a bit apprehensive going int
Paige Erin
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Taylor and Parliament House for providing me with an e-ARC!

It’s not every day that someone I know personally publishes a book. I’m beyond honored to get to read Collateral Damage in advance of its publish date (6/25/19!), and I loved every minute, page, character...everything.

Meg Sawyer is the exact opposite of me in that absolutely tired of superheroes and would probably roll her eyes at my adoration of Marvel’s version of Thor without thinking twice. It’s cool - she has a good rea
Devin Willson
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i admittedly don't read that much superhero fiction, but this felt like a fresh take on it? it was light-hearted and fast moving and full of fun :3
the cast was great, all the characters were amazing (altho oliver really does take the cake) and i'm so Here for Meg/Oliver's friendship, just <3333 (don't mind me fangirling the fact that it's a platonic male/female friendship that didn't have anything romantic about it :OOOOO)

definitely an enjoyable book, would recommend -fingerguns-

cw: (view spoil
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I do like superhero books after all.

This book was everything! Not only did it deliver on the m/f friendship front (OMG did it give me everything I'm always searching for in books), but I loved all the characters and the plot. Meg's attitude and character was so endearing from the first moment I met her. I don't really have the words to describe just how happy this book made me, so just going to leave it there. I highly highly recommend this.
Sarah the Scrivener
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sky High fans

Full disclosure: I am friends with the author and was given the ARC for reviewing purposes. This was my second time reading this book, as I was a beta reader for an earlier draft in 2018, but it was long enough ago that I feel like I was able to enjoy the book with relatively fresh eyes.

"Let's make fun of superheroes" is a definitely a favorite thing of mine to consume (I was one of the few people that liked NBC’s short-lived series Powerless), so I was very excited to (re-)read this book.
Mikayla Kennedy
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019

Me aggressively recommending this book to everyone for the next year:


Taylor Simonds is the best debut I've read this year, and I promise not to shut up about this for the next year.

This book featured so many things I LOVE, like:
- Sarcastic, absolutely-done-with-your-bullshit MC
- Funny AF one-liners
- Absolutely fantastic voice
- SuPeRhErOeS

I could probably pitch this book best to people who read Patrick Ness' The Rest of Us Just Live Here and were exp
Cassy Klisch
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.

That's it. That's the review.

Just kidding. But not about loving it, because I absolutely did, further proven by the fact that I finished this in less than a day. I seriously woke up early to finish it before work. I'm by no means a "superhero fanatic," but what I am a huge fan of is an action-packed, fast-paced plot, characters with original voices that are so strong I'm convinced they're living and breathing somewhere in the world, and witty dialogue that makes me actually lau
Jes Reads
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked Collateral Damage! Easy, fun and fast paced. Likable characters. Interesting story. Definitely recommend.
Andy Sabis
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes. 100x yes. When my roommate first told me about this book and about the premise I was immediately interested. A YA book not under the aegis of the big names about a superhero-verse? Yes.

I finished it in about 5 hours and enjoyed it IMMENSELY. Loveable characters. Well written dialogue. Diverse. Original. Fun plot. Great ending. Great hook. Incredible premise.

“Can I bring my rat?” Thank you, so much, for that line.

Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Look at this beautiful cover! So stunning! I LOVE how it looks like a vintage comic book, such a neat idea!


I have been anticipating Collateral Damage for it seems like forever, and I was lucky enough to receive an E-ARC, courtesy of Parliament House Publishing. I read the entire book in 2 days and needless to say, it did not disappoint!

Collateral Damage is such a fresh take on the superhero genre. Most of us think it would be exciting to live in the world of superheroes. Meg
Gerardo Delgadillo
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

COLLATERAL DAMAGE is a fast read with tons of action. Let’s talk about Meg, the protagonist. I loved her sarcasm and her adventures with the Supers! Also, do you see that cool cover up there? Take a moment to study it. What’s with the umbrella? It’s there for a reason, but I can’t tell you why because of spoilers.

Okay, next topic: As I was reading COLLATERAL DAMAGE, vivid images popped in my mind, kind of like a super-hero movie or a comic, which I found quite interesting. Meanin
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This hilarious look at the background characters of ever super hero movie you've ever watched had me so gripped that I read it all in one day. Meg is a damn hero in her own right for putting up with all she's ever owned being used as weaponry when Supers need something to throw at a villain. Although I occasionally figured things out ahead of the characters, I was also thrown curve balls I didn't see coming, and just want to hug all of these precious panic children. As a side note to how much I ...more
Sarah Salisbury
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT THIS BOOK EXISTS. I'm normally pretty up-to-date on YA releases because, well, blogs typically have to feature new content if they want to get views, but I had no idea this was coming out until a few weeks before the released date. (Criminal.) I honestly don't remember how I found it, but I did...and now it is my mission to make everyone read this. I've got a feeling that the intensity of my gushing in this review might help with that.

I am so obsessed with superhero
Paige Green
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone so far

Rating: 4.5/5

Diversity: Not that I can remember, but I read this a bit ago

Publication Date: June 5, 2019

Genre: MG/YA Superhero

Recommended Age: 13+ (superheroes, experimentation, and sarcasm)

Publisher: Parliament House

Pages: 318

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Synopsis: ower. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.

Meg Sawyer has none of these things.

Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her b
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
**I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.**

I loved reading this one! I don't find many middle grade reads that I enjoyed, and even when I was younger, it seems to have mostly been full of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, plus Twilight, so it's so refreshing to be able to find more in this age group now, more so since I often recommend them to my little sister! This is one that I was ex
Alyson Grauer
Taylor Simonds takes the tropes, formulas, props, costumes and structure of your favorite comic books and superhero cinema, shakes it all up, and creates a beautifully witty mosaic of rearranged pieces called “Collateral Damage.” This book has all the proper earmarks of both YA and superhero lit, layered expertly within a surprisingly in depth plot and delightful characters. Narrator Meg is perfectly snarky with exactly the right amount of justice and love fueling her fire, and all of the charac ...more
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
I really loved this book - a book about superheroes but from the POV of the 'normal' people that live in a city where villains and superheroes alike keep wrecking everything around them. I loved Meg as a character, and I loved Oliver as well. (view spoiler)

This book was incredibl
Megan Oneail
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book from start to finish! For starters, any book where the main character shares my name gets an instant boost. I would challenge anyone who doesn't feel the same way. Meg is such an awesome MC and she had me laughing constantly with her dry wit and chronic exasperation.

I instantly loved Oliver, Meg's best friend, who is a total cinnamon roll. This book contains no romance (which is always refreshing) but I totally ship them in my mind. BFFL to BF is one of my fav tropes. Sorry no
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, debut, superhero, ya
4.5 stars

This was such a surprise! I really enjoyed this! It felt like a classic, fun, superhero adventure, like an old cartoon of my childhood! Great pacing, relatable characters, and an entertaining plot!
Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
I liked the characters, but this book was cheesy and extremely predictable.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Y'all this book is such a good time I don't even have a bad word to say about it. I came across it via an unrelated tweet from the author and decided to try it out, and honestly I wasn't expecting a whole lot since every book I've read recently seems to be letting me down.

Not this book though. Not today.

I love how full this world is and how every single character is absolutely bursting with personality. I genuinely would love to be friends with Meg and Oliver -- and I didn't have a problem with
Cara Luna
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Absolutely wow.

This was my first time reading anything of the superhero variety and let me tell you Taylor has created a new obsession for me. I just finished reading Collateral Damage and I’m in tears. It was an emotional roller coaster of laughter, crying, and happiness. This book was addictive, the last few nights I kept telling myself one more chapter, one more chapter, up until now where I told myself that three hours ago. This book had the perfect amount of action and character momen
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love superheros and really enjoyed this book. It is very entertaining and I laughed out loud at several points. I hope several sequels are written.
Ciara Paige
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO GOOD! There were so many things I loved about it, but I don’t want to give anything away!

For starters, the main character, Meg, was so sassy and funny and snarky. She basically says out loud everything I think but am too afraid to say, and I LOVE IT! There were so many times I literally laughed out loud while reading, and my husband would make me read it out loud because he wanted to be in on the fun.

I also loved that there were no romantic relationships in this book, but ther
Celia McMahon
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loving this cover!
Zoey Saunders
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A massive thank you to The Parliament House for the ARC!

If someone were to drop Percy Jackson into a world full of superheroes, you’d have Collateral Damage: it’s a book full of hilarious snark from a character who is just so over superheroes, yet gets thrust right into the middle of all the superhero antics – and that is what makes it such an incredibly fun ride.

I can’t even begin to describe how refreshing and hilarious it was to finally get a character who sees drama going and is just like, “
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off Thank You Parliament House Publishing for the ARC I was soo excited to read this book Superheros are totally my thing!...
So while watching all those awesome superhero movies have you ever stopped to wonder what it would actually be like to live in a world full of superheros, what would it be like if Thor and Batman were actually real??? Me i've never actually put too much thought into it lol but after reading this book ive decided that I would probably think exactly like our main char
Jordan Lynch
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I have recently been watching The Boys on Amazon.  (Note: this show is definitely not family-friendly).  I've always been a fan of superhero shows and films; him, not so much.  But we both are liking this show because it's different than other superhero offerings: the main character (well, one of them) is just a regular citizen who gets sucked into the superhero drama after his girlfriend is killed by a superhero.  It's an accident, but quite a grisly one, and the character finds ...more
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Taylor Simonds is an Orlando-based professional manuscript editor with Write My Wrongs Editing. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, and previous staff writing credits include and Taylor likes cosplaying, watching anime, buying fan art she’ll forget to hang up, and camping out for the next Marvel movie. Collateral D ...more

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