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SUPER POWEREDS

Consistently good, but rarely changes.

By Underwhelming Force, author of Sins of the Fathers

Mar 6, 2014: Super Powereds is set in a college full of interesting and compelling characters which drew me right in, set over the backdrop of a mysterious medical treatment allowing people to control formerly uncontrollable powers and the characters’ shadowy pasts. Each of the many characters is unique and interesting and develops in interesting ways as the story progresses. I highly recommend this one to almost anyone.

I do have a few minor quibbles. The pacing is really slow- there’s only usually one magor event per book (year), with a few minor conflicts to tide you over in-between. The main mystery of the characters’ past is given in tantalizingly small amounts that really test my patience, and some of the questions I had day one are still unanswered, sidelined by college social drama. The filler is interesting enough to keep me reading, but it still feels like filler sometimes.

One thing it is, it’s consistent. The pacing is steady, but not dramatic. The characters are reliable, but change slowly (they do develop nicely though. That’s not a problem.) The status quo rarely changes, and any major changes to said status are usually marginalized or quickly reversed (a character whose memory was erased gained it back awfully fast, an earth-shattering reveal was mostly met with shrugs and a return to daily life, despite what some characters seem to think. A character discovered an awesome new ability and then promptly stopped using it because his old way had always worked before- actually this happens a few times with several characters.) However, it’s also consistently interesting and consistently well-written. It’s never a slog, but it does start to drag on at points.

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By crumjd, author of The Beginners Guide to Magical Site Licensing

Oct 31, 2014: I’m not sure what to say about Super Powereds. I gave the series 5 stars and I want this to be a positive review so lets get my minor quibbles out of the way first.

First, Drew seems very focused on delivering a solid serial (which isn’t bad!) but that means his writing is very episodic which is also making the over all plot proceed slowly. If you’re reading in real time it’s all good, but it suffers when read as a single chunk. Second, the main female characters aren’t as well designed as the male characters. Alice and Mary started out as a spoiled preppy and a traumatized loner and both of them kept a tight lid on their emotions and were hesitant to form relationships but tended toward scheming. Then they both overcame their flaws and there just wasn’t much to distinguish them.

That being said, It’s a great series, lots of suspense, compelling characters, good action. I encountered it when I purchased the first two novels and I felt it was money well spent. (I also recommend his vampire novel; actually that may be the best place to start since it’s smaller and self contained) . The setting is extremely well realized, and, well it’s all good stuff! Seriously, check it out yourself.

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Story’s treatment of women is a dealbreaker

By casmirradon, member

Nov 14, 2016: A decent enough serial, the writing could really use an editor, but I started out pretty interested in the characters and setting, and was excited to see where things were going.

But if you care at all about feminism you should just steer clear. It becomes painfully obvious as you go along that the full extent of the author’s understanding of women comes from cliches and toxic anti-feminist internet tropes. I thought I could ignore it but it’s just been getting worse with every chapter and it’s pretty clear how the author really feels.

Really bummed about this one.

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