We Could Be Heroes
Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.
Zoe is also searching for her past, and using h ...more
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Well: I personally enjoyed the diversity and LGBT representation of the story with its relatable MCs Zoe and Jamie who team up to find their mysterious origins. They’re not born to be heroes but now they are forced to adapt in their changing lives but forming a proper future life depends on where ...more
The book featured a hero and villain who have superhuman powers. Zoe a.k.a the Throwing Star, who has super speed, super strenght, can fly and who kicks criminals' ass and s ...more
We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen is an enthralling and diverse superhero sci-fi novel. I was hooked right from the beginning and it was very easy to speed right through it. I'm really glad I took a chance on this because I've been pretty impressed by his two previous novels and I really appreciated his style when it comes to the superhero genre. His world-building skills are as always top-notch and I also found myself quite investe ...more
This book was such a wholesome story under complicated circumstances and I was so attached to the main characters T_T
— overall thoughts: 4.5 —
“Extraordinary comes in many forms. You never realized that, and that pushed her to find it elsewhere.”
I loved that this wasn’t a romance, which might be deal breaker to some people, but it was so refreshing to read about the platonic relationship between the characters in the midst of this ...more
But when they meet at a group for those with memory issues, they discover they have ...more
We Could Be Heroes is a book that breezed by while reading. Fast paced action and well balanced, We Could Be Heroes is a story that, if you like superheros, will captivate you. It has almost a cinematic feel and I could easily imagine it as a mini series. But what I loved the most about this book was the ways Jamie and Zoe aren't your typical super powered humans. They are a bit of ...more
Author: Mike Chen
Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars
I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC.
I’m just going to be honest. I did not like this one. It’s not that it’s a bad book by any means, but I just could not get into. I really think that I am not the intended audience for this one. I gave it a go and it just didn’t work out for me.
I felt like the big reason why I didn’t like this one was because of the way that everything was carried out. We have ...more
Looking for a speculative novel that is character driven and full of heart? Enter We Could Be Heroes, with action that keeps you fully immersed and characters you’re cheering for the whole way through.
In a world that could easily be ours, two unsuspecting characters have developed superpowers….wit ...more
I immediately was drawn to Jamie, a bank robber who awoke 2 years ago with no memories of his life before, but who discovered he was able to read other’s memories and erase whatever memories he chose. During his bank robberies, he would gently erase all memories of himself and the bank robberies.
Zoe was a little harder to warm to. She also woke up 2 yea ...more
For me, the book was very muddled in the middle. The plot seemed disjointed and not very cohesive. You would be thinking they were going one way and all of the sudden they were arrested and shifting. There were memory flashbacks that weren’t clean on ...more
Mike Chen's "We Could Be Heroes" is a love letter to genre fiction and a fun romp to boot. The main characters, Zoe and Jamie, are flawed but sympathetic and play off each other really well. While Jamie is an anxious and meticulous memory scanning maverick who robs banks to make bank, Zoe has almost all the powers of Superman and none of the impulse control. As you can imagine, wacky hijinks, but their friendship is what really anchors the book and what made it such a good read. By the ...more
He was the Mind Robber. She was the Throwing Star. Can I make it any more obvious?
He was a supervillain with memory-reading-slash-erasing powers who robbed banks to build up his Caribbean retirement fund. She was a vigilante with super-hearing-running-punching-heat-sensing powers who beat up common criminals on a part-time basis. What more can I say?
He had a cat (named Normal). She had drinking problems. And together they will be heroes. Just for one day.
Zoe Wong also woke up two years ago with no memories. Her apartment was also paid for. But she had a clue to her ID: a name badge that read "Zoe Wong." It didn't take long ...more
We Could Be Heroes is a new YA science fiction fantasy with strong comics book vibes.
It tells the story of two people who both wake up without their memories and some not so human abilities. From there our lead characters take different paths for their lives. Jamie uses his new ability to read people memories to rob banks and to set him and his cat up for the future. Zoe wakes up with super speed and strength and uses her new abilities in a more pr ...more
First thing first: this book was a lot of fun to read, a mix of techno thriller and sci-fi featuring two super heroes/antiheroes. A gripping and highly entertaining story that I couldn’t put down.
Jamie and Zoe are two interesting and well thought characters, I rooted for them and loved their evolution.
Their friendship is a strange one as they are the very different: Jamie is well organized and methodic, Zoe act according to the moment. But their difference are what makes them a ...more
And if you are a Doctor Who fan you'll probably recognize that "The MindRobber" was the name of an episode from the 1960s and Jamie and Zoe are both Doctor Who character names as well. Many of the character and plac ...more
Look for lots of good twists and some good feels.
4.5 out of 5 stars
At this point with Mike Chen, I don't bother looking at the book blurb, I just read what he publishes. But so I could decide how much to say in this post, I had to go look at the blurb. Just between you and me, I think I wouldn't have given as much away as it did, but now I feel a little freer about what to say.
JAMIE SORENSON/THE MIND ROBBER
Two years ago, Jamie Sorenson woke up in an apartment with no memory of who he was or how he got ther ...more
What if you woke up one day, couldn't remember who you were, but also had amazing super-powers? How would you react? Would your natural inclination be to use your new- found powers for your own enrichment, or for the greater good? That's the intriguing premise of We Could ...more
I've read a few of the author's previous books before and enjoyed them so I was excited when my request was approved.
** Minor spoilers ahead **
This book is not about heroes, actually; it's about the regular people making certain choices that lead them down a path and it is up to them to decide which fork in the road to choose.
Jamie and Zoe are unlikely heroes; in fact, they weren't born heroes.
When we first meet them, Jaime is the Min ...more
Superheroes novels are fairly common these days, so it takes effort to stand out. Enter Mike Chen's novel, We Could Be Heroes. It is one of the most unexpected superhero novels to come out this year.
What would do, if you woke up one day with powers? Even if those powers came at great cost (say, all of your memories), you'd still find a use for them, right? That's what Jamie did, when he woke up sans memories, but ...more
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.
I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and ...more
Some Twitter talk gave me the impression this book was more humorous than it actually is – in the majority of it, anyway. I chuckled a few times in the first couple chapters – then it takes a more serious tone – but the last thirty percent upped my rating to four ...more