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This book really needed a second set of eyes to smooth out the rough edges. There are problems both big and small. Examples: in one scene a character’s phone is destroyed, but in the next chapter (taking place the next day) the character has a fully functioning phone with all the specialized apps with no comment on how that happened. On a bigger scale; the main character performs mighty feats without worrying about power drain in one scene, only to be completely run out of power in a pivotal scene without having actually done anything. Perhaps this was intended, but it does not have any of the normal tells that such an event is taking place.
The first book started off good, the second got even better going more in depth for the characters and the bracelets. Having a real narrator helped a lot as well, if you like the hero genre def give this series a try, stick through the first book with the author narrating!
I was so frustrated by nearly every thought decision by the main protagonist and his prattling. I just wanted to thump him again and again and again. I wanted to wail on him for being such a putz. He didn't handle anything well. He cares more about his privacy than he does about actually saving people. This seemed less about a coming of age story with supers as the opportune times to be a hero who wants credit but "doesn't do it for the credit" I am not sure if I am getting book three.... on the one hand I want to see if it's actually better and less "meh" but at the same time. Connor makes me so angry! Not a case of what I think should happen compared to what happens but come ON. The whole debacle with his gf. And how he managed his time with her and his hobby was just dumb. Then he is surprised why she doesn't want to be with the scat for brains mp and then the author makes it out that she's actually pretty cool that he's such a flake. Suddenly taking a strong female lead and breaking her 1950 American pop culture style. Now go make me a martini sweetheart while I barbecue a steak in the back yard. Fuck off.