Rating: 5 stars
In “Super,” Matthew Cody’s sequel to “Powerless,” he makes the point that you don’t have to have superhero powers to be a hero. The main character in both books, Daniel, is the kid with no powers in a town where many of the middle school kids do have special powers.
In this sequel, Daniel continues to be the intellectual and moral compass for the group of his superhero friends. The family of the evil Plunkett moves into town and Daniel is convinced that something strange is going on.
When shadows begin to menace the group, Daniel realizes that he needs to investigate. Strange things are happening to him, also. Why is he able to “steal” the powers from his friends? How much does the new family know about the town and its history of superheroes?
In the first book, Daniel is tempted with the opportunity to gain real superpowers of his own, and he is faced with the same temptation in this story. But Daniel is a superhero in his own right, lack of superpowers notwithstanding.
This book is a great choice for reluctant readers and fantasy lovers. There are questions that arise in the story that would make for great classroom discussion and for writing responses.
If you could have a superpower, which one would you want? Would Daniel be able to save the others if he had his own superpower, or is the fact that he doesn’t what makes him able to rescue them? Do you think Daniel made the right decision in the end? Did he have any other options? And much more…
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, for review purposes.