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We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
Sci-fi

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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    Supernatural

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    Action-packed

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    Puzzle

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    Millennial

Synopsis

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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We Could Be Heroes

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The way the bank teller shrunk back in fear captured everything.

After all, Jamie Sorenson was a villain.

Not just a villain. He was the Mind Robber. And he terrified the people of San Delgado. The mere whisper of his name summoned panic, and when he incapacitated security guards with a brain-stun (his own term, which he thought was quite cool), that panic made robbing a bank as easy as handing over a bag—or in this case, planting a backpack on the counter.

“Tell me, who do you love in your life? Husband? Boyfriend?” Jamie reminded himself to not assume. “Girlfriend? Child? Parents? Who are they?” he asked. He put a hand up, then dramatically turned one finger toward the bank teller. Her eyes widened, clearly aware of the modus operandi documented last year in the San Delgado Times: a front-page feature breaking down his robberies and “extraordinary ability to stun people into a frozen stupor or worse, blank the memories of witnesses.” They’d even given him the name Mind Robber, though he’d added the eye mask and hoodie himself.

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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (2,074)

  • Luke Y.

    Racine , WI

    I really liked this book. It was right on the cusp of like and love. I felt some of the background could have been better developed, but the characters were funny and easy to like. Totally recommend!

  • Katie S.

    Marshalltown, IA

    It was a good book, though I am a sucker for superhero stories, I overall liked the story, the ending was a little disappointing for me but what can you do. Enjoyed it very much, gave it to a friend:)

  • Katie M.

    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

  • Rebecca C.

    FREMONT, CA

    A quirky, fun superhero story. Just the change of pace I needed for some light pandemic reading, with likable characters, an upbeat narrative, a positive friendship, and (of course) plenty of action.

  • Brittany D.

    Dixfield, ME

    I could totally see this book being adapted into a movie! I really enjoyed this easy superhero figuring out their powers to take down evil. I also loved the platonic friendship of the main characters.

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