So, I think that superpowers themes may just be the new trend in young adult literature. As a long time comic book and superhero genre fan, I welcome this new developement with open arms. And this collaboration between Scott Westerfeld, who I already loved for his Uglies and Leviathan series, with Deb Biancotti and Margot Lanagan was absolutely brilliant.
As is often the case with superpower stories, for these six teens having superhuman powers is not all rainbows and unicorns. Their powers, which range from crashing technology, to escaping from notice and memory, to manipulating a crowd to your will, don’t always work the way intended, and are sometimes completely out of control. This is definitely the case for Ethan, a.k.a. Scam, whose superpower he calls “the voice”. The voice is him, but it’s not him. It speaks with his mouth, but it knows things, things he couldn’t possibly know, and it is cool, confident, and suave. Ethan, on the other hand, doesn’t know much other than that the voice will get him what he wants, but that while getting him what he wants right now, it might also land him in some deep doodoo. Like when he wanted to get back at Nate for being mean to him last summer, and he let loose the voice on Nate and all of his other friends, a group of superpowered teens calling themselves the Zeroes, and managed to effectively make them all hate him and split up the group.
But now Ethan has gotten himself in some serious trouble, and the Zeroes are going to have to come together to save him.
This book was difficult to put down. The action just kept going, and I loved the way the story developed. Very much looking forward to the next book in this new series!