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Description: Having a superpower is ordinary. Your Power determines your entire life. But 17-year-old Ugene is Powerless. He can’t read minds or enhance his strength. He can’t manipulate natural matter or heal injuries.

Determined to find out why he is different, Ugene submits himself as a test subject at Paragon. But nothing is as it seems. All exits from the testing floor
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 2020 by Pangea Books
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Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and well constructed story. Ugene is, as the title suggests, ordinary and has no powers while most of his colleagues and neighbors have a variety of powers including telepathy, extraordinary strength, abilities to manipulate organic matter or technology and so on. I really enjoyed this exciting story. It was fast paced and full of action. The world and the characters were constructed very well and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The simulations, the test subjects, Para ...more
Is Ugene a superhero without a super power, has he not discovered his power yet, or does something else make him a superhero? That’s what Paragon wants to know, so Ugene is admitted for testing, because in Elpis being powerless gets you harassed, bullied, and labeled as an outcast.

Ordinary by Starr Z. Davies is a combination fantasy, sci-fi, mystery story. Ordinary arrested my attention from the very beginning and held my attention in an unrelenting grip until the very end. Starr Davies’s charac
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was nothing I expected it to be honestly and it blew my mind how great it was. In the book we meet ugine. A no powered boy who is surrounded by people who do have powers. We need him right before graduation and career day and hes scared. How is he going to find a job with no power in a world where everyone has a power? At career day he's turned away and laughed out of two of the jobs he could possibly do and at the third he thinks his dreams are coming true. He wants nothing more then ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was very enjoyable and well crafted. The main character, Ugene, is an outcast. His journey leads us into a world where people with abilities are common and those without are not. Through Ugene we see how even in a world where powers are a part of society there is still bias, fear and discrimination against those who are different.

The world building is done well and the mysteries Ugene uncovers draw us in with each chapter. As alliances form and enemies are revealed, we learn how percep
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I genuinely struggled to put down and couldn't stop thinking about when I wasn't reading it. The world in Ordinary has been cleverly woven with a diverse and intriguing cast of characters - including my favourite trope of the morally grey woman in power. The tension within Ugene's story was palpable and it frequently felt like I was right there with him.

An absolutely fantastic read, especially for lovers of dystopias.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Imagine living in a world where having a superpower makes you ordinary. Having a superpower determines your status in the world and it would also determine what sort of job you would have. I guess the more powerful your power the better job you would have and a better house ECT….

But then imagine living in this world with no power. Yeah that would be kind of bad with no one wanting to be friends with someone like you. No skills for a job and if there was a job that you could do no one would want
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What Made Me Read It I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The author described it as a young adult sci-fi dystopian novel, inspired by her love for superheroes like Batman and Spiderman; Starr Davies also mentioned she gained a reputation as the "Character Assassin", while pursuing a degree in creative writing, for her "habit of utterly destroying her characters emotionally and physically". This hinted at good potential for character growth and a novel I might enjoy re ...more
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Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've posted my review of Ordinary on my blog (link here)

I will be really glad if you check it out

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Received as review copy, this is an honest review. Eugene is suppose to have a superpower and fit into a world where being unique is everything. Eugene is unique... but by having no special ability, forcing himself to earning a living hoping someone will see he's worth something despite the lack of powers. When a powerful company called Paragon claims they help him understand why Eugene is Powerless, he becomes a test subject to several haunting experiences. Something dark is happening inside Pa ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

The world almost ended, the only people left, where those who had powers.

Now the society is somewhat rebuilt. But the new threat comes in a form of power regression. People are getting weaker and weaker. Paragon, a biotech company supposedly is doing research on how to fight it.

And then there is Ugene. He was born with no power. That makes him an oddity, he stands out, has no future, because no one will hire him. Paragon offers him a job, to be their test subject. With the promise of helping h
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In a place where everyone is born with some level of superpower, that is what is considered ordinary. But what if you are born without one? Can you still be a contributing member of society? Maybe you can be more than just a contributor, maybe a hero...

This is a fantastic story by Starr Z. Davies to kick off the Powers series. I loved how Ugene was not the typical main character in a superhero story. He was very relatable. I’m excited to see what’s to come in the next book!

I enjoyed Nathaniel As
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
3.5 stars for me. I liked this, but I don't know how much will stick in my memory (for sequels, which I probably would be interested in reading, well one sequel and one parallel companion book ... they are all available on Kindle Unlimited). I had the audiobook for this installment (given to me in exchange for an honest review), but I grabbed the KU copy so I could have the text too. I ended up reading a bit as well as listening (I like to listen when doing other things/multi-tasking, but readin ...more
This book was really great. I loved how the author wrote this book. It was a great start to the series.

This I loved about this book:
- The main character. I loved how Ugene grows and develops throughout this book.
- The world-building throughout the book. The setting is always developing and becoming more complex. It was really great to see that the setting was never lost after the first few chapters.
- The plot development in this book. I loved the twists and turns in this story. It was hard to s
Brittany Zimmerman
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a really great start to a new series. Kinda reminds me of Divergent, how everyone is tested and according to their strengths put into different jobs or categories. Ugene however doesn't have any powers, he is completely and utterly ordinary. His unique condition is brought to the attention of one of the biggest Pharma companies that wants to study him saying that he could be the key to unlocking powers or boosting powers. It seems that peoples powers are diminishing in strength so they n ...more
This book interested me because it kinda takes what one would assume the normal is and totally flips it to the other side! The author expressed how she was obsessed with superheroes from a young age and I gather that is why in this instance/story you're only deemed "normal" if you actually have some sort of super power which Ugene, our main character does not but he goes to work for a sketchy business in the hopes of obtaining one and soon discovers everything is not on the up and up and has to ...more
Herman Steuernagel
Ordinary, is anything but ordinary.

I really loved this book. The writing captivated me, and pulled me into the story, in a way that most of the books I have picked up recently haven't been able to do.
Solid writing, a great world that doesn't have so much world building that it slows down the story, but it includes enough that you get a glimpse of the world that leaves you wanting more.

The main reason I give this four stars, rather than five, was that I felt that we're introduced to a large ca
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
And I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a fresh tale of the outsider who doesnt have the advantages of those around him, but it makes him unique when he just wants to be normal. He lives in a time and place when everyone around him gets powers as they mature, but his powers remain latent. Hes smart, charismatic, kind, and a born leader. He's young and a little naive too which just endears him am the more.
I'm looking forward to reading
Amy Shannon
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

First, I must say, this story is anything but "Ordinary". Davies pens a great story in Ordinary . I haven't read anything from this author before, and I really enjoyed this story. Ugene was a very unique character, and found himself not fitting in. I like the premise that anyone without "powers" isn't "normal." This may be tailored to the young adult, but I liked this read. It's more than just about fitting in or not fitting in, within the world around you, but a journey as well. Ugen
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Award-winning author Starr Z. Davies is a Wisconsin native. From a young age, Starr has been obsessed with superheroes like Batman and Captain America, which inspired her debut novel, Ordinary. If Starr had a superpower, she would be an Empath, because she is an emotional sponge and easily relates to how others are feeling.

Years ago, Starr earned the nickname "Character Assassin" because she had a

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