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We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

We Could Be Heroes

by Mike Chen

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You can't help but root for these lovably flawed 20-somethings whose superhuman powers might just save the world.

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Why I love it

Riley Sager
Author, Survive the Night

I’m not up to speed on superheroes. Other than the big ones—your Avengers, your X-Men, the Justice League crew—I know absolutely nothing. Yet I had a blast reading We Could Be Heroes, which I can report is a delight from start to finish even if, like me, you don’t know the difference between Batman and Robin.

Jamie, aka the Mind Robber, is a villain who’s not all that villainous. He’s a kindly man who woke up one day with newfound powers and no memory of his past. Zoe, the real identity of the heroic Throwing Star, is also a hot mess. Sworn enemies on the streets of San Delgado, they unexpectedly meet at a support group for victims of memory loss and sort of, kind of become friends who must team up to fight the Big Bad who took their memories in the first place.

While the book contains enough heroics to fill a three-hour Marvel movie, what makes it truly special is the way it portrays Jamie and Zoe as two relatable misfits bucking against the labels that have been thrust upon them. For these two, being extraordinary is easy. The hard part is being their true selves.

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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.

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Get an early look from the first pages of We Could Be Heroes.

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  • Jersey City , NJ

    YEEESSSS I loved this! I’m a fan of all things superheroes so that was no surprise, but bonus points for the main relationship being a platonic friendship!!! We definitely don’t see enough of that

  • Bountiful, UT

    I fell in love with these characters. The book fell a bit short in some other aspects, like I was left with some questions about the Big Bad, but I can say with conviction that I LOVED this book

  • Atlanta, GA

    We Could Be Heroes would make a great movie. As a huge nerd I really enjoyed the simplicity of normal people suddenly receiving powers. The story was compelling but not super complicated. 10/10

  • Port Hueneme, CA

    This was a fun "superhero" story! I loved both main characters and, to me, had the feel of the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. I enjoyed the banter between Jamie and Zoe. Overall a good time!

  • Laurel, MD

    This was a fun book! I saw it as a movie in my head, and I loved the characters. The platonic friendship between Jamie and Zoe that persisted through multiple mind wipes was really beautiful.

  • Delphos, OH

    We don't get enough book about platonic friendship! I loved this super hero story about 2 friends finding out why they are missing their memories and why they have extraordinary powers.

  • Duarte, CA

    It’s like reading through a DC meta humans story. A fun story that brings me back to my childhood when I was reading origin stories of my comic book heroes. A good beach read!

  • Norwood, PA

    Yesss, a superhero read! We Could Be Heroes was fun and full of action, so I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Jamie and Zoe were super relatable characters- I loved them.

  • Clarksville, TN

    Wonderful story about identity, friendship, and good vs. evil. It has the classic superhero story feel, but it's also modern and fresh in the writing.

  • Bellevue, WA

    This story challenges your expectations. The biggest takeaway for me was that whatever you did in your past doesn’t define you or who you can be.

  • Topeka, KS

    I adored reading about Jamie, Zoe, and Normal. I wish there was an entire series of their adventures! This book knocked it out of the park.

  • Hallandale, FL

    The most unusual and engaging superhero book I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down. I hope there’s more from Zoe and Jamie someday!

  • Memphis, TN

    This was a fun, quick read. It was a unique take on the superhero genre that played with tropes instead of being beholden to them.

  • Arlington, VA

    This was a very entertaining book! I don’t normally read superhero books, but I really enjoyed this one

  • Alexandria, VA

    Unique and captivating. A great mix of plot, charismatic characters and unexpected twists.

  • Losantville, IN

    A really fun book about a superhero and villain who aren't what they're expected to be.

  • Midland , MI

    It was like reading a superhero movie! The characters were so loveable. A must-read!

  • Berwick, ME

    So cool. Such a neat concept. I loved it. Hoping my daughter does too.

  • Clayton, NC

    Hooray for platonic friendships! This was a fun, heartfelt adventure.

  • Grapevine , TX

    Great story about friendship with a superhero twist. Just lovely.

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