This week I have a review of a tween book I just read. That book would be:
Powerless by Matthew Cody
Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever had them. Is a memory-stealing supervillain sapping their powers?
The answers lie in a long-ago meteor strike, a World War II–era comic book (Fantastic Futures, starring the first superhero, Johnny Noble), the green-flamed Witch Fire, a hidden Shroud cave, and—possibly, unbelievably—“powerless” regular-kid Daniel himself.
This was a fun read that would be great for tweenagers. I mean who doesn't wish they had super powers of some sort! It was fun to imagine you were one of the kids with a power - and be envious of them just like Daniel is. I would've liked to have learned a bit more about the individual kids, but this was a story more focused on action. As Daniel learns more and more about his super hero friends, he is determined to help them. He sets out looking for answers. The mystery of their powers - and loss of them is full of twists. Some were a bit obvious to me, but I think the targeted audience would be more suprised by them. The suspense builds and builds until you, the reader, know that something must break but you don't know what or how. As this suspense built I found myself spinning possible answers and outcomes. I was fully engrossed in the story. Even though I had the ending figured out before the kids it was still fun seeing all the pieces fall together and watching the characters learn the full truth. In the end I felt I had been taken on a fun ride with twists and turns - and that answers were find, but a deeper mystery still needed to be solved.
Final thought: Fun read - won't change the world but it will entertain you
Best "stick-with-you" image: the description of flying - I mean really who doesn't wish they could fly
Best for ages: 9-12