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Shades of Gray (The Icarus Project #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  308 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Jet and Iridium—best friends turned bitter enemies—teamed up to foil the evil plans of the rogue superhero known as Night, but in defeating him they inadvertently destroyed the secret Corp-Co transmitter whose frequency kept the metapowered heroes of the Squadron in line. Now these heroes have turned against New Chicago, ransacking the city they onc
Paperback, 414 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jackie Kessler
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, yes, I coauthored the book, so I'm biased. But I've been rereading it -- or, really, reading it for the first time as a book, not a manuscript or page proofs or even an ARC -- and I have to admit...I really am enjoying it as a reader. And that's a pretty cool feeling.

Thank you for reading SHADES OF GRAY. I hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shades of Gray picks up and continues on from Black and White. After revealing the academy has been using mind control on all the super heroes, Iridium and Jet hope to stop them once and for all. Now that the super heroes are no longer under the control of the academy, things are a bit chaotic. Some of the super heroes did not like learning that they were puppets and have taken to vandalism and a life of crime. Others like Jet are still super heroes. Iridium and Jet will have to band together to ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopie
Ich dachte erst ich mag dieses Buch ein bisschen weniger als das erste. Ich hätte einfach nicht so viel zweit zwischen erstem und zweitem Band verstreichen lassen sollen. Noch eins hat mich gestört und zwar die Sache mit Taser, er hätte die Möglichkeit gehabt seinen Posten aufzugeben oder zu wechseln. Ich finde er hätte mehr haben können als er sich geholt hat.

An sich war die Geschichtespannungsgeladen, in beiden Passagen im Jetzt und Damals und sogar in den netten Zwischensequenzen
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This picks up where Black and White left off. While many questions are answered (extrahumans and their origins, etc), there was a few things that were left unanswered. Mainly, the whereabouts of a certain evil asshat. Overall, I enjoyed this. Not quite as much as the first one though.
I liked that Jet (Joan) and Iri (Callie) join forces and overcome their shared pasts. I liked the end. It wass fitting and a new path.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
When I received this book as an ARC I was thrilled and nearly out of my mind with joy. I totally adored the first book, Black & White and I couldn't wait to read this one. I completely lost the memory of any other books and jumped head first into the world of superheroes and supervillians again
I will try to keep this review spoiler free but it will probably contain a few spoilers from book one, so stop reading if you haven't read that one. You should go to a bookstore and redeem this mistake
This was an AMAZING sequel to Black and White. I actually had no idea that this was co-written with another author, but it definitely explains the switching perspectives. But it's actually so seamless in terms of voice and style, you really can't tell it was written by two people.

Think X-Men meets 1984 meets Joss Whedon. Again.

Maybe a hint of Harry Potter, as well, actually.

In the sequel, we get a lot more backstory, which is lovely. Since backstory is pretty much the best part of the
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book, perhaps the most unfortunately timed naming of a novel in the history of the world, like the first book in the series, Black and White, was a wonderful page turning super hero/super villain tale. As with most series, inconsistencies do start to pile up a bit over time, but overall it was a great sequel. Perhaps by intent, perhaps by accident, Iri's character seemed a bit off this time around, with her character seeming less self assured and capable as in the first tale. Perhaps by int ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fast-paced, witty twists on the superhero genre
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Bobby Corry
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just like the first book of this series, Black and White, I love this book. Shades of Gray shows that there is not solely good and bad in the superhero world. Good heroes going bad, bad heroes turning good, neutral people turning good or bad is the forefront of this book. In the backdrop is the past showing the corporate, political choices that created and eventually mistreated th oribinal superheroes.

In the end there is so much chaos due to the ending of Black and White and the superheroes can
Tony Calder
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Black and White, but I think this one is better. This continues the story of the two main characters - Jet and Iridium - but also delves into a lot of the background, particularly concentrating on the previous generation of heroes.

There is plenty of superheroic action and, in fine comics tradition, the characters private lives are also covered. But, a warning to those after the black and white, good vs evil world-setting prevalent in many comics - you won
Shades of Grey is the perfect sequel to Black & White in that it is a more polished version of it's predecessor with a little bit of embellishment. But I didn't like the last book that much. Fortunately a few of my big concerns are taken care of. True to it's name, this book is where the gray scale becomes more apparent. Not only that but our protagonists are being proactive. But I think the best improvement is in the flashbacks. They tie into the main plot far more than in the previous book ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
So good! After finishing Black and White, I couldn't wait to read this, and I actually liked this one better!

The story was so interesting, and with the new information about the Icarus project and Martin Moore, it keeps you glued to the pages, trying to figure out the mystery for yourself. I also love the flashbacks to Jet and Iridium's parents, and their time as heroes, too. To me, it's so cool and unexpected that the way these stories are written is in a way that, the further you get into the
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, super-heroes, uf
This book picked up right from where the last one left off, and seems to be a game changer, unusual for a second book in a series.

In the last book we learned about Jet and Iridium as kids and how they became enemies. This time around we get to see the tentative friendship start back up between Jet and Iridium, along with their parents allowing us to see them in a new light.

The past and the present come clashing together in the main story, the past of the parents, the past of the Corp-Co, and the
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero
The Sequel (apparently under the Icarus Project #2) to Black and White. Makes me wonder if they are working on a #3. It's a fun, easy read. Some of the descriptions and dialogue are a bit amatuerish- almost cliche and forced. There is an intersting spin to heroes, and villians and how they are created, as well as the shades of gray for right and wrong. These authors have written many of other books seperate from each other but they are in vampire-romance/fantasy that I am not interested in. If y ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Once they were called Extrahumans. Now they're known as superfreaks. A bunch of superheroes who honor sponsorship deals above civic duty, heroes who appear on reality programs, superfreaks who sell personal sex tapes to the media to improve (!) their favorability ratings. In the future all of our superheroes will be super sycophants.

Full review here:

Gordon Mackenzie
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun alternative future history book continues the series about what horrifying consequences that come from the creation of an genetically-engineered nd potentially mentally-unstable corporate-sponsored cadre of superheroes and villains when the all of the controls seemingly came off. Chaos ensues and secrets long hidden begin to emerge.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sequel to the good super hero novel Black and White. It delves into the past of the parents of Jet and Iridium's parents as well as the future of New Chicago and the super heroes that are supposed to protect it. A good easy read and their were loose ends at the end of the book but as far as I know, no sequel was ever written.
Steven Smith
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
In the process of reading this and I'm enjoying it very much. It starts off right where the first book, Black and White, left off.

It was pretty good. I enjoy almost any tale of super powered individuals in the modern world. This one isn't as good as the wildcards books but it isn't bad.
April Hollingworth
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second in the series and doesn't let you down only problem is I want more. What can I say this is a fantastic series when superheros fight against each other and humans have to decide are they going to hide or fight with them!
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Now don't get excited, this isn't THAT book. This is the second in the series that started with "Black and White" and is about superheroes/supervillains. I am definitely enjoying the books and look forward to the next one.
Oct 18, 2009 marked it as hibernating
Hibernating right now b/c I wanted to go back and re-read Black and White before starting in on this one... loved that the first time and I can't imagine this second book in the series will be much different once I get to reading it :)
Lisa Kessler
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This one was even better than Black and White!!!

I loved the world building in this book and seeing more of the history of the superheroes and Corp, but I think my favorite part was the "latents"...

I don't want to give any spoilers, but this one is definitely worth reading! :)
Dora Okeyo
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I have to say that Jet is my favorite character in this book. I am looking forward to reading 'Black and White.'
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
The premise is cool but it's starting to feel like they're dragging the story and character arcs out too much. And the seemingly impending then averted love triangles STOP PLEASE. ...more
Trish Heinrich
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short review. AWESOME!!! Could've been two books, it's jam packed from start to finish, and I really, really, really hope someday to see a third. READ THESE BOOKS!
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Superheroes are not my thing, though the writing is fine. Also, I might have enjoyed this more if I knew it was a Book #2!
Lisa Kessler
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great addition to the series!!! I was sad to reach the end of the book... :)
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