Monday, June 9, 2008

Debut Showcase: Superpowers

SUPERPOWERS (Amazon USA, UK, Canada)
by David J. Schwartz (website, blog)
Three Rivers Press (Random House)
Trade Paperback

Madison, Wisconsin: In the summer of 2001, five college juniors wake up with . . . not just a hangover, but superpowers. . . .

Jack Robinson: Grew up on a farm, works in a chem lab, and brews his own beer. Age: 19. Superpower: SPEED.

Caroline Bloom: Has a flair for fashion design and a mother who’s completely out of touch. Works as a waitress for a lunatic boss.
Age: 20. Superpower: FLIGHT.

Harriet Bishop: Studied violin, guitar, and piano . . . and was terrible at them all. Now writes about music for the campus paper.
Age: 20. Superpower: ­INVISIBILITY.

Mary Beth Layton: Is managing a 3.8, but feels like she’s working three times as hard as the people around her.
Age: 20. Superpower: STRENGTH.

Charlie Frost: Has an anxious way about him, and always looks like he’s on day 101 of his most recent haircut.
Age: 20. Superpower: TELEPATHY.

But how do you adjust to an extraordinary ability when you’re an ordinary person? What if you’re not ready for the responsibility that comes with great power? And how do you keep your head in a world that’s going mad?

(An aside: Bless you, Random House, for providing readily-downloadable images, and not forcing me to have to crop an Amazon image.)

Ahem. Sorry about that. Hey! It looks like this summer's crop of superhero debuts has begun! Hmm. Two guys and three girls in a superpower gang. Sounds like everthing's in place for some superpowered romantic rivalries. And I'm kind of curious about the world going mad thing. Did the whole world wake up with superpowers? If so, wouldn't that be fun? Or not?

I'll update this post if someone sends me a link to an excerpt (hint, hint).

Oh, by the way. Notice that my Amazon links no longer have any affiliate information. Too much trouble to make the link and not enough payback. I made 54 cents, and it wasn't even with a novel that I linked here. It wasn't even fiction! Somewhere in the hierarchy of Amazon Affiliate code, this must make sense somehow.

Maybe I'll try Barnes and Noble's program. I hear they have a better shipping deal, anyway.


Katie said...

I'm reading this one right now. It's pretty good so far. I guess we'll have to see how it ends though.

Tia Nevitt said...

I'll look for it on your site, Katie.