4 heroes or anti-heroes stars!!
An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be.
Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.
Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.
When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.
This is my first book by Mike Chen and I really enjoyed it, it has super heroes with complex powers and no idea how they got them. You know just the every day super hero movie except in book form. However this one was a lot more interesting because the villain really isn’t a villain and the hero really isn’t a hero. The plot and backstory developed really well. The world building was an a+ plus, so was the was the superhero’s were made and the evil backstory.
I was super in love with Jamie’s character he was a more down to earth character for me, even though he definitely had his moments of anxiety and maybe OCD just a little bit. Everything had to be planned out to a T, while Zoe was a wing it kind of girl. Even though he starts out as the “villain” of the book you can tell he isn’t really a bad person, he’s more a good guy. He also has a cat named normal his whole life is based on making a better life for normal and himself.
Zoe’s character was harder for me to get connected too, but I think that was because she was more rough around the edges. She wants to know her past she knows her purpose now she fights crime there is no doubt in her mind. There is right and wrong, no gray area, it’s all black and white. However it’s definitely taking a toll on her. Once she finally meets Jamie and they realize all isn’t as it seems is when I started to connect to her more.
About the Author…
Mike Chen is the author of Here And Now And Then (a finalist for Goodreads Choice – Best Sci-Fi, CALIBA Golden Poppy, and the Compton Crook Award) and A Beginning At The End (“a brilliant, fragile path through the darkness” — Library Journal). His short fiction is featured in Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View — The Empire Strikes Back, and he has covered geek culture for sites such as Tor.com, The Mary Sue, and StarTrek.com. In a previous life, he covered the NHL for Fox Sports, SB Nation, and other outlets. A member of SFWA, Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter