Tuesday, August 5, 2014


by Cheyanne Young
(4/5 stars)

This is the second book of the "Powered Trilogy."  I really liked the first one in that it presented, to my mind anyway, a unique superhero universe.  I mean most superhero stories just rip off the familiar DC and Marvel heroes, only changing costumes and powers a little.  (Even I'm guilty of that, though intentionally so.)  Basically the genetically superior "Supers" have their own nation inside the Grand Canyon where they live and use as a base to defend the world from Villains.  In the first book, Maci Might, daughter of the president, came into her powers only to realize she has an identical twin and that she (Maci) is probably the evil twin.

So in book two Maci finds her sister Nova and tries to hide her from the heroes who want to capture her for being a villain.  At the same time a new drug called Strike is giving humans the power of superheroes, which they mostly use for underground fight clubs.  Who's behind the drug and can anyone stop it?

For the most part I enjoyed this book, though maybe a little less than the first one.  Maci is a fun character, especially now that she has a goody-goody twin to play off of.  The writing is sharp and as with the first one, I like the uniqueness of the superhero world.

The thing I didn't like is that the plot is too obvious.  It's so clear where Strike is coming from that I sat there for much of the book waiting for the heroes to figure it out.  But maybe that's just me; maybe the younger people who make up the target audience will be more surprised.

Anyway, it's still a very enjoyable book and I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the trilogy when it sounds as if the [stuff] will really hit the fan.

That is all.