This is Feature Shelf, a series that provides book recommendations based on theme or title suggestions. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Superman. I watched the black and white version from the 50s on Nick at Nite, Lois & Clark on ABC in the 90s and Smallville in the early 2000s. Whenever anyone asked me what power I’d love to have, I’d say I want Peter Petrelli’s from Heroes — and yes, I own the comic collections from the Heroes television show. So I thought it would be fun to put together today’s shelf, which is Feature Shelf #42, the Superpowers Edition.
The first book on our superpowers shelf is Hero by Perry Moore. Tom has a number of secrets. Let me tell you about them. First, he has superpowers. This is a secret because the League of superheroes wants him to join even after having treated his father badly. He joins them. He meets a number of other superheroes with secrets of their own. I won’t tell you about theirs. But Thom has to learn to trust them if they’re going to uncover corruption within the League. Oh, and second, since I said Thom has more than one secret, he also happens to be gay. He can’t tell anyone that either.
Next is a middle grade Patrick Carman novel called Thirteen Days to Midnight. The three words “you are indestructible” change Jacob Fielding’s life. Now he can’t die. Ophelia, the new girl in town who befriends Jacob, convinces Jacob to use the power to save people’s lives. But saving people’s lives comes with unintended consequences. Ophelia’s insistence leads the boys to wonder why she is so set on saving people. Also, what really gets to decide who lives and who dies?
The third book on our superpowers shelf is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The Darkest Minds is dystopian, set in the aftermath of an illness that killed most American children. In this world, some people have superpowers. These superpowers are classified into different colors signifying how dangerous the person is. Ruby, the protagonist of The Darkest Minds, happens to be on of the dangerous ones. She escaped from a “rehabilitation camp,” and is on the run.
Next, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Juliette’s touch is lethal. That’s why The Reestablishment locked her up in a cell alone. When The Reestablishment starts to hear whispers of rebellion against their government, they decide that Juliette’s power might be more useful on their side. What it comes down to is Juliette has to choose — is she going to be a weapon, just another pawn used to keep the downtrodden people in their place, or is she going to stand against The Reestablishment and be a warrior in her own right?
Imagine this. You wake up and all of the adults have disappeared. There are no phones, no internet, no way to contact the world outside a force field that has surrounded your city. Food is scarce, hierarchies develop, and people are developing powers that have the potential to be deadly. But also, on your 16th birthday, you disappear just like the adults? How do you figure out what’s happening before your time is up? This is the basic premise of Michael Grant’s Gone, a fantastic dystopian thriller.
So those were five books you might enjoy if you, like me, enjoy stories where the characters have superpowers: Hero, Thirteen Days to Midnight, The Darkest Minds, Shatter Me and Gone.
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I’m going to leave you there now, dear readers. Thanks for watching Feature Shelf #42: The Superpowers Edition. As always, I’m the (book) supplier wishing you happy reading. Don’t forget to be awesome.