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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
In I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai, sixteen-year-old Caitlin Feral undergoes the greatest challenge of her life to define her place in an evolved, dystopian, and segregated world. It is set against the backdrop of a dystopian world where humans (Dregs) and super-powered people (Supergenics) have lived together until the Genetic Wars. After the war, everything changes and a clear separation between humans and super-powered people becomes very clear and distinct. However, children born of Dregs can evolve into the society of the super-powered people if they demonstrate signs of special skills. Every kid must undergo testing to find out if they will remain in the slums and live under repressive laws or become part of the superior group. It is Caitlin’s turn but is she ready for the trial? Can she still carry on after uncovering secrets that could change everything — both for her and for everyone — and that could put her life in grave danger?
This is a powerful blend of sci-fi and dystopian, a story of resilience, personal growth, and inner strength. Here is a book that will appeal to fans of Divergent. I knew I’d love Caitlin Feral the moment I met her. It was the exciting and compelling narrative voice and the clear point of view that pulled me in right off the bat. The story is told in an absorbing, first person narrative that allows the reader to feel the protagonist and to penetrate her thoughts easily. The plot is unique, even if the concept behind the story isn’t entirely original. I enjoyed the fact that the story is conflict-driven and the characters are such that readers will stick with them. I Want Superpowers features great prose, unique and compelling characters, and an exciting plot. I enjoyed Steven Bereznai’s writing immensely!