Author: Terra Childs
Published: June 2, 2015
Stars: 1 out of 5
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.
Kenya is a bit jaded. She is surrounded by super heroes, her mom is one of the most famous ones, and her father was too before he was killed by villains. But Kenya is an ordinary, she has no powers and she is fed up with people- heroes- walking all over her.
Sounds like an interesting and strong heroine, right? That’s what I thought but quickly realized she irritated me more than anything. She makes rash decisions, stupid ones that by some luck don’t get her killed. I think the thing that really irritated me the most was her stupidity, her whinny behavior, and she couldn’t think for herself.
Now I promise not to give anything away- plot wise- but here is a great example: The book starts off with her lab gets broken into by the villains. The author makes it appear like she almost got kidnapped and tortured, but villains don’t actually harm her. One of them even helps her. But does this change her mind about villains always being bad..nope. She keeps to the same mindset that her society says (big brother anyone??) Villains are bad- no matter what- and Heroes are great! Don’t worry, it gets worse.. I am just going to save you, maybe myself, by not going into more of this example.
I would say the ideal age group for this book is young, young, young adult. Maybe 14? Various aspects of this book are completely ridiculous, the immaturity and whinny behavior is almost too much, and the lack of depth in the characters is frustrating. The plot was a bit chaotic but what did happen was easily predictable. The easiest way to explain the overall plot is by comparing the plot to Sky High, which it did resemble a lot! The book wasn’t a replica of Sky High but I do wonder if the author got her idea from the movie/show.
Yes there is a mysterious element that is kind of intriguing but honestly, I can’t stomach the lead character and I couldn’t finish the book. I have spent almost two weeks looking, yes looking at this book. Beyond the initial read, I have picked it up multiple times, became depressed and decided I would rather watch Tv instead of read. Yes, you read that correct. I watched Tv instead of reading. Which if you know me, I maybe watch a couple hours of Tv throughout the entire week. And that includes the news!
There comes a point where you just have to accept the book was not for you and move on. This book was it for me. I apologize if you loved this book. I am just happy to move on.