I promise I’m not bragging about the quality of this post (though I sure hope it’s super). See, I’m actually talking about the content for today. It’s super content.
We’ve all thought about what superpower we’d most want to have (I would either beam books straight to the page from my brain or have perfect mimcry just for the kicks), and since I’m going to get into superpowers in next week’s review, I thought I might recommend some very excellent superpower books.
1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
You’ve probably seen me pitch this one to you before, but I stand by it. The superpowers here are color-coded, and each has a number of uses and major drawbacks, and also I love the characters. Yes, this is a post about superpowers. No, I will not stop vocally adoring the characters in this series.
On top of that, the movie is coming on August 3rd, and it’s looking like it’s going to be amazing!
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Something of a dystopian fantasy hybrid, this book definitely delivers in terms of superpowers. They’re tied to families with silver blood and only those families until an accident reveals that Mare, a red-blooded teen, has her own electrifying powers.
There are two different systems of superpowers in this series, and I love the concept of each, and the fact that a single system doesn’t apply to every single person in the world.
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Time travel meets superpowers! Amazing! Really, though, this was an incredible book because the superpowers these kids have are so unusual that they almost don’t seem like they should be superpowers. A girl has a mouth in the back of her head. Another girl floats uncontrollably. There is a boy made of bees, and another boy who is completely invisible. And that’s only a very small list of some of the things the Peculiars can do.
As a bonus, this book and the rest of the series are loaded with found footage in the form of unusual and eerie old photographs. There’s a haunting kind of air to the series that’s downright amazing.
4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Okay, so this is half science and half superpower, but IT’S AMAZING. And it’s a graphic novel, so it’s a breezy read! Nimona, the main character, is a trouble-making shapeshifter who teams up with Lord Blackheart for some good times and general villainy as they try to expose Blackheart’s nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, for what he’s worth, which is not particularly much in their estimation. Nimona’s shapeshifting is so much fun, and her antics are incredibly lovable and vibrant. Plus, the story as a whole takes a darker turn, and ends up quite wholesome and delightful.
Also, there are sharks.
There’s so many superpower options out there beyond these, though! What superpower books have you read and loved? What superpower would you like most? What superpower would you realistically have (spoiler: I have one, and it’s the ability to not lose socks in the wash, ever)? How would you get your superpowers?
TELL ME YOUR ORIGIN STORIES.