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Super Powereds: Year 1
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on 6 September 2014
Where to start, probably that when I bought this I had low expectations, In fact if it wasn't for the sheer length of it and a large ammount of boredom I doubt I would have bought it. Which would mean I missed out on what is now safe to say my favourite series I've ever read and thats saying something.

First off like I mentioned earlier the length, its massive, seperated by short chapters which give the reader insights into the vast number of characters, main and side. Which leads me nicely into the next part, character development. The characters in this book are incredible, their varied, different and lifelike. It seems cliche to say but after reading both books and being up to date with the latest chapter, I can say that the characters have been develped to the point where you can see if they act in a way that deviates from what you expect, and the way the characters have grown is nothing short of astounding.

Next is the plot. Its a bit like a game where you can play with each character, each one has an individual plot line, and each of these are all entwined in a greater tapastry that is the book. The subplots can seem random only to be looked on in the future as rather obvious pieces of foreshadowing. tiny pieces in the earlier chapters can lead to shocking revelations in the later ones and thats what makes it so good, the book doesn't give you anything an other book doesn't it just does everything you'd expect to see in a good fantasy book better.

Ive read a fair bit of superhero works and Drew largely plays up to a lot of sterotypes but its done in a noval way, that makes it all the more real, from his use of curse words which add a realistic grey edge to as story so centered on moral black and white and white. Which leads me to the next part, sex, relationships and such, whilst not graphic or overly romantic theres still an underlying romantic edge to it, that whilst underplayed, largely underpins some characters actions and decisions, unlike some books its not overdone or used as filler but rather adds another dimension onto the characters, exposing weaknesses and strengths as well as making you want to slap certain characters silly (Vince) for their pure obliviousness.

All in all the book serves one purpose, to draw you into a world where the hero's aren't black and white, or super strong, a world where good doesn't always triumpth over evil. Where the good guys die. A world very much like our own only with a fantasy element where by the end you'l find yourself wishing you had a power and how you'd go about beating certain opponents.

I won't say if I would read it again since I have done several times, and I have no doubt that I will again probably soon. All in all give it a chance and you won't regret it.
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on 3 March 2014
I can not put into words how much I loved this book.
This isn't just your regular superhero story, its much better. This book takes an interesting spin on the classical superhero theme.
Within this book there is a combination of humour, action and great character development.
I would suggest everyone give it a try, and be ready to buy the second book.
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on 15 February 2014
I've been a comics fan for years but hadn't really considered superhero literature before. After wetting my whistle with the thoroughly enjoyable Ex-Heroes, I read a review of this on a website and decided to give it a try.
The basic premise is that there are 2 sorts of super powered people in the world, super heroes how have control of their powers and powereds who ddon't.
The story follows 5 powereds who volunteer for a new treatment that should grant them the control they lack and their attempt to become fully licensed heroes.
The main characters have an interesting set of powers snd the story is really well written. Hayes draws you in and you really care what happens to the protagonists.
Some people may find the very short chapters annoying but they didn't bother me.
I you like your superheroes and you fancy something a bit different give this a try. I really really enjoyed it.
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on 1 October 2013
can not wait for nxt book in this series as apart from mina grammar and spelling mistakes,
this was a great fantasy adveture read that was fun and got so many unaswerd questions left hope dont take mutch longer for nxt book release.

hope nxt not so larg tho.
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on 1 October 2013
This is an excellent fantasy read thats full of fun and adventure thats well worth the read its very big book too can not wait for bk2 to become available as left it with a lot to be seen only hope nxt one is not so big and comes out soon.
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on 25 March 2014
What can I say about this book, it was super in every way. I loved the forward at the beginning of the book where the author says that not many people read these and then tells us about the short chapters etc. I never even noticed the short chapters, as the book flowed excellently from one to the other. I couldn't put the book down, the characters are well written and exciting, the story itself is well thought out. The flashbacks telling us about each character, showing a glimpse into there lives before going to Lander was done superbly and didn't break the flow of the story. I loved this book and can't wait to read the others in the series. Even hoping for some one off stories about the other characters we meet or from the past.
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on 31 March 2014
I'm stepping into uncharted territory and writing my first review for an Amazon purchase. Firstly this is considered to be a YA book but I'm a 36 year old male and thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought on a whim after trying Meta and fancying another Superhero book and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it. The plot builds nicely, you get to know more about the characters as you go through the book plus it doesn't just focus on the story but also the backgrounds in the people in the book. It's very cleverly written and at over 800 pages is well worth the money. Honestly I can't say how much I enjoyed this book and the sequel. Just a bit gutted the third isn't out yet.
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on 5 May 2014
I have been binging on original superhero fiction recently. This one is the series I am most interested in following further. Every character in this is a unique individual and has interesting aspects to their character that seem likely to become key plot points in later books. Readers might also enjoy the 'legacy', and 'meta' books.
My one minor gripe with the genre is general is a tendancy for characters leap quickly from slightly powered to extinction level threat...meaning that it becomes increasingly difficult to find opponents that are in the same league.
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on 30 August 2015
Overall, very good. The book is long with shortish chapters (explained by the author as due to its origins as a webnovel published over the course of a year and a half). Despite its length, the book is a comfortable read with interesting characters. Towards the end, there were several chapters that didn't really seem to contribute to the story. Cutting them out entirely would have strengthened the novel and improved the pace of that part of the novel a lot. That said, here were enough twists at the end to make me buy the next book immediately.
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on 6 February 2014
Would recommend this book to anyone who is into the super hero style genre. Probably one of the best books of 2013 if not the best plus book 2 is already out and all since he updates his books weekly on his website you don't have to spend months or years waiting for the next one to be released overall top quality work and can't wait for year 3,4 and 5
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