Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.
When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.
With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.
But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”
You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com
Oh, this was such a great book! The writing was great, the plot was easy to follow and the main character is so relatable. I loved every aspect of her story.
I will not get into the plot details, as there is so much to say about the overall picture and what I understood form the story. But we meet Annarenee, a normal teenager, with no special talent or special abilities, leaving in a family of special people. We see her normal life, with normal friends, normal (horrible) boyfriend and all that is related to a plain teenage girl. However, her life suddenly changes when a decision is taken to move all the special people to a location. She now changed school as well and is forced to survive (mentally) in a place where only superheroes belong. She is quickly labeled, viewed as weak and unimportant, until someone notices how special she really is. Ren becomes her own hero and they develop into more than friends. Things get even more intense when people start disappearing. And here I will stop.
Annarenee is a great representation of a teenager forced to suffer the badmouthing and labeling in high school. She is viewed as less than others, she is inferior and has no place in a world of superiors. This idea was highlighted may times throughout the book and made me think about other situations where we may quickly judge others, without really seeing their value. Her strong personality and even the warmth of her character is predominant and help her succeed. Her involvement in the mystery of the missing person’s cases will be her opportunity to shine. But not on her own.
Her relationship with Ren is so intense! They have an instant connection and become close quite fast. But it all felt normal. They form such a beautiful couple and he is the most amazing guy ever! I liked how the romance was added in the mix of it all.
“Superhero High” was a very enjoyable read and I am very happy to have discovered how much I like T.H. Hernandez’s writing. I loved the ending, as it gave us the idea that everything was back to normal and AR comes back to worrying about teenage stuff. Yes, a great book ! 5 stars 🙂