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Summary

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes. Five of this year's freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities - one that they must guard from even their classmates.

For every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings - Powereds, as they are called - have always been treated as burdens and second-class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.

That is, until now....

©2012 Andrew Hayes (P)2016 Tantor

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Good Story, clunky writing

The concept and protagonist gallery is very, very good. It is a bit like a unholy crossbreed of Harry Potter and X-men and is a excellent example of crossbreeding being successful. The tropes are there but neither taken overly seriously nor too flippant.

However one thing that become obvious with listening to the audio book is the authors horrible tick of ending each characters line with : ... Alice said, ... Vince said, ... said Alice, ... said Vince. Usually an author either let sentence build, choice of wording or just plain logic mark who said what. Or at least choose something like "... said Alice while something, something" when the need to be clear is nessecary. But not this guy, it is page up, and page down with said, said, said, said. Of course it becomes more obvious with such a good narrator ... but for heaven sake!

(It do get better in book two, perhaps a literate editor was used for that one)

Addendum: This book really grows on you, I'm not really into the supers scene, but like the X-men movies. I have continued to pursue the authors work in this world and enjoying it more and more. I don't like all worldbuilding choices he makes, but they are understandable and quasi-logical, and the characters are way better written than anything else I have seen in the genre.

So slog through this, it isn't bad, and find plenty of compensating joy in the books that follows!

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Enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to Super Powereds: Year 1 the most enjoyable?

The characters (I am particularly fond of Nick), they all have their own distinct personalities, the only issue (for me) is the sheer number of them, it can be a little tricky to keep track of who can do what.

What other book might you compare Super Powereds: Year 1 to, and why?

There are some obvious parallels between this and the Harry Potter series, both are about young people learning to master special abilities, although the character in Super Powered are much older and tend to swear more, and be more concerned with adult activities, such as sex and alcohol.

What aspect of Kyle McCarley’s performance might you have changed?

Kyle generally does a good job, however the sheer number of characters forces him to reuse a couple of voices, which can get a little confusing, particularly when he reuses a very distinctive voice.

Any additional comments?

It's well worth a read, and as the series progresses the writing style improves.

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The reader ruins it

it's a good story, it really is. The only thing that ruined it for me is the guy who reads it. Once you hear the way he says "Nick said" "Vince asked" etc you will not be able to unhear it. it's bothersome. Good book though!

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Brilliant Story

I originally picked up this book when going through a phase of loving stories about super heroes. Many others I picked up and discarded, but this story stuck with me. Drew has created a wholly new and unique way of looking at Heroes, how they might get to the standard they achieve, how they would impact the world around them by simply being.
If you're looking for something different from the usual teen friendly bog standard Super hero literature, I beg you to give this one ago. It doesn't disappoint.

As for the audiobook version, I really liked the voice actor who read the book. Many times I'll buy hear an audiobook if something I've read and find that the voice I hear doesn't match in my head, but Drew's style of writing is so individualised that they way it's read almost completely matches how I've read it in the past.

A great read or listen I can't recommend strongly enough!

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Good bang for your buck. Long but good all through

An interesting take on a school for teen/young adult super powered people. Not the deepest of plots, but certainly entertaining and deffinitely worth a listen imho.

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amazing story for any superhero fan

gripping plot line, interesting characters that you feel develop as the story moves on. enjoyed it from beginning to end a great 1st book in this series.

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Super/Powered

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The structure, and sequence. I would have focused more on the fantastical racism aspect of the story or focused more on the kids learning more about their powers. There is no overarching story to work with, at least several try to break through as the most dominate but none actually breakthrough.

What could Drew Hayes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Expanded on the universe: A lot of plot threads were touched upon but not adequately expanded upon. For example: the Racism in the story, Nick and so on. Ultimately, the story seemed all over the place but ultimately doesn't really cover anything worth while.

What about Kyle McCarley’s performance did you like?

A great range of voices and quality in delivery despite the material he has to work with.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Credit where it was due, the characters are interesting and the powers are diverse enough to keep the story interesting.

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What a peice of crap

I thought, I only purchased this book because it was 5* and suggested.. Unbelievable story, silly premis.. Dumb everything... Well, it's amazing really loved it I have nearly or maybe more than 500 books and I loved this.. Buy it.. I purchased and downloaded the next one half way through the first..

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great story irritating narrator.

loved the book but the constant robotic "said Vince" or "said Alice" (etc) really ruined it.

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Excellent narrator, great story.

Super Powereds: Year 1 has an excellent narrator with character voices. Great storyline. I'm looking forward to Year 2 already.

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  • Ephraim
  • 05-01-17

It Grows On You

Cliché but true! I did not care much for the narrator initially, and the story seemed more highschool than college when I read the plot. Listening to it initially though it was not long before the characters, writing style, and even the performance won me over. Totally worth the listen!

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  • Ian Davis
  • 24-12-17

Great story and characters. Narrator needs to be played at 1.5 speed

It took me a while to get into this one because the narrator was so slow and funky sounding. Once I turned up the speed to 1.5 it made all the difference. Already reading the next book. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!

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  • Get Off My Lawn!
  • 08-10-16

Best Series In Recent Memory

What did you love best about Super Powereds: Year 1?

Each primary, and many secondary, characters are fully fleshed out. They mature over the course of the novel, as well as the series. The training is well thought out and the faculty have individual personalities and backstories.

What other book might you compare Super Powereds: Year 1 to and why?

In an oversimplification, you might think of this series as Hogwarts for Supers, but MUCH better in every way.

Which character – as performed by Kyle McCarley – was your favorite?

I enjoyed them all. The individualization of voices is very well done, which is no easy task with such a large cast of characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's hard to pick a single moment above all others, but perhaps when the core team finds itself challenged by harsh environmental conditions (no spoilers here).

Any additional comments?

I seldom bother to take the time to write a review, so the fact that I am for this book (and the series), is high praise indeed. It may seem that I am gushing in this review, which is unusual enough for an old man ("GET OFF MY LAWN!"), but I can't imagine any reader/listener that wouldn't enjoy this entire series. My wife and I enjoyed listening together and are eagerly awaiting the fourth installment, but with the same mixed feelings that you get as you approach the end of any great novel, never wanting it to end.

In conclusion, BUY this book immediately. After listening to this series, I bought every Audible audio book available of Drew Hayes' writings, though we haven't listened to them yet.

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  • Matthew Dawson
  • 15-10-17

Fun book. Harry Potter in tights

I liked the book, Fun and imaginative twist on the superhero genre. I thought the dialogue was a bit cumbersome in the flow at times but overall great. I will definitely read the next.

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  • Morning Star 0724
  • 11-08-16

Brillant!

I loved this story.

This story centers around 5 super powered kids, who until an experimental surgery, haven't had control of their powers.

The narrorator does an excellent job with changing his voice for each character and pulls you into the story.

To me, the story is more like a season of a TV series, unlike most books which strive to be a movie.

Love the all the details, and the way it was written. And as an added bonus, I now know which super power I wish I had...

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  • Sarah Erwin
  • 18-06-16

Excellent story, characters; adjust for narrator

I was reluctant to purchase this book at first because of the narrator, whose voice I didn't care for, but playing the book at 1.25x speed solved that nicely. Loved the characters and story. Can't wait for the next installment to be available.

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  • Miachi
  • 21-03-17

Fun, but in a YA way

I think that this book needs to be marked more clearly as a YA book. The whole college scene is in full glory with emphasis on drinking, dating, parties and clubs, etc. Personally, I am 100% not interested.

Barely visible between the stereotypical college activities is a world of ENORMOUS potential. The social interactions of supers vs. powers, the economic implications, the political players (who do Mr. Numbers and Mr. Transport work for anyway?), the nature of the superpowers in general... But these topics are barely touched upon. Instead, we have beer pong.

The narrator was mediocre, and I wasn't planning on continuing the series after this book... until the last 30 minutes. It finally got interesting. REALLY interesting. All that potential came flooding out and hooked me into giving the next book a try (although I may wait for it to go on sale).

All in all, if you've already read Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners and Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers (two phenomenal YA series), and you're looking for something light and fun (maybe you want to relive your college years?), then go ahead and give this a shot.

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  • Trahloc
  • 15-08-16

only negative is "x said".

I love comic books but they're just too short to enjoy. a novel about super hero's in training is just perfect though. if not for the repetitive "x said" the audio book would be great. in written form that's easy to ignore in an audio book its rather painful but it was worth it.

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  • Greyson Campbell
  • 19-09-19

If harry potter is a 5, this is a 2.3

I really tried! I listened to the first 3 books. I got these because of the high ratings.

I listen to a ton of audiobooks.. and I’m a fan of super hero fiction. I wanted these to be good.

The narrator’s voice (I’m sorry if he’s reading this) really made it difficult to want to listen. I could’ve gotten into the the groove of listening to him read if the story was worth it.. and it just wasn’t.

I’m a little bit OCD in that I was forcing myself to “finish” ...which is how I made it as far as I did.. but I felt like my I.Q. (already impaired) was slipping.

I would say this is kind of written for middle to high school kids.. which would explain the failure to connect from my part, but the explicit language would keep me from wanting my kiddos to listen to it. I could get past the language on their behalf & suggest it to them if it was a captivating story, expanded their worldview, or made them think.. but IT WAS A GRIND to get through.

All that to say I wish I could have read a review like this one before I pulled the trigger on these.. but there were so many glowing recommendations. I assumed it had to be at least entertaining. not so much.

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  • Jeremiah W.
  • 08-07-18

not for me.

I really liked his Spells, Swords, & Stealth books so I thought I would give this a try but its mostly everyday school stuff, I think this might go well as a teen drama or something similar.

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