Review: Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracey Deebs (STAHP WITH THE FIGHTS)

Posted September 10, 2015 by Sophia

Review: Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracey Deebs (STAHP WITH THE FIGHTS)Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs
The Hero Agenda #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 2, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action/Adventure
Format: Physical
Source: Library

Kenna is tired of being "normal". The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating in a world of absolutes. Villains, like the one who killed her father, are bad. Heroes, like her mother and best friend, are good. And Kenna, unlike everyone else around her, is completely ordinary— which she hates.

She’s secretly working on an experiment that will land her a place among the Heroes, but when a Villain saves her life during a break-in at her lab, Kenna discovers there’s a whole lot of gray area when it comes to good and evil and who she can trust.. After all…not all strength comes from superpowers.

Guys, I’ve found the Fight Book of the Year. At this rate I’m actually wondering if there’s such a thing as a Blogger’s Choice Awards so I can actually nominate this.

(If there is one, point me there NOW. I’ll love you forever. :p)

In a world with heroes and villains, Kenna Swift works as an intern in a lab. While working in the lab one night, Kenna gets attacked by villains and is even saved by one of them. Being saved by a villain causes her to think about what a hero or a villain really is, and she ends up teaming up with them after finding out that maybe heroes aren’t exactly heroes.

I actually like Kenna as a character. Considering her circumstances, she’s actually pretty brilliant and resourceful – when all else fails, kick butt by kneeing someone in the balls. She even had an experiment before everything went Inferno to try and become a hero as well instead of being powerless. Her brilliance and intelligence sometimes fall short in the midst of chaos, but I pretty much approve her as a character.

Except… I’m still irritated. Powerless just has sooo many arguments and fights. The characters fight with each other constantly – verbally and physically. The fighting takes up over half of the book when Kenna, Rebel, and Jeremy team up with villains. Kenna is basically a bystander, Rebel is ironically the glue, and Jeremy is going neck to neck with Draven. Nitro and Dante already have some tension between them. There’s boy drama and fighting thrown together, and it is SO. DARN. IRRITATING.

Have I mentioned it sounds completely immature? By some point in the book, I’ve deemed Powerless a book unworthy of memorability in my brain simply because of the number of fights that belong in a playground with unruly little kids tugging each other consistently. The amount was also great enough I mentally started to threaten poor A.G. Howard’s Unhinged.

But of course, Splintered has a love triangle to which I feel completely indifferent to regardless of the fact I like the world and read the second book to determine which, if any, corner actually deserves my complete and utmost devotion.

(It also inspired a few discussion posts for the future. *tucks posts in an invisible drawer*)

Anyways, back to the fights. The majority of book are the characters not getting along for most of the book – it’s akin to the romance overshadowing the plot and I found it highly annoying. Meanwhile, I’m left with questions about the entire world after reading the book and none of them actually got answered.

How does this whole power thing work? Are powers inherited, or are they random? Is being a villain or hero random, or are they inherited (that seems to be yes)? Why was the hero/villain world created? HOW was it created? Was it an experiment gone awry? Is it similar to Captain America?

I got vague answers or no answers. Childs and Deebs may answer those questions in the sequels, or perhaps it’s the overall plot of the series, but, I don’t really see how it will all fit with what they’ve laid out in Powerless. It’s plot-driven and doesn’t take too much time to develop the world or the characters, but makes you question what is considered good and evil.

Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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