I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai

Posted May 26, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Steven Bereznai. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Release Date: November 26, 2016
Publisher: Jambor
Format: E-book
Source: Author, Steven Bereznai
Pages: 260
ISBN: 0973292881
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository IndieBound
Minx's Rating:

“It’s like the lovechild of 1984 and The Chrysalids.”-Joe Pedro, Passport magazine

The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (short for “DNA regulars”) and superpowered “Supergenics” now live separately from each other: the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City, the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But Supergenic children are still born to dreg parents, and under repressive laws must be sent to live with their own kind. To find these special few, every teen faces their Testing Day. When her turn comes, socially isolated Caitlin Feral is determined to Manifest superpowers. If she fails, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and drudgery in the boroughs. But how much is she willing to sacrifice to be the supergirl she’s always wanted to be? And when she uncovers dark secrets kept by both sides, does she dare start another war to reveal the truth?

"A richly realized dystopian world that reads like The Hunger Games meets X-Men." -Ryan Porter, The Toronto Star

“A refreshing, entertaining, and at times heartbreaking exploration meant for anyone who has found themselves wanting to be more than they are—and are constantly told to settle.”-Nicole Demerse, Award-winning screenwriter/producer (Mohawk Girls, Degrassi: The Next Generation, 6Teen)

“Bereznai's prose keeps the heart and mind racing. His superhuman characters are complex, unabashedly flawed, and perfectly relatable idols for the 22nd century.”-Elio Iannacci, FASHION Magazine

"I Want Superpowers speaks to our inner kid who longed for the chance to defeat evil with the most extraordinary abilities.”-Ryan Carter, Entertainment reporter (CTV, Morning Wood)


I Want Superpowers is a wonder of a story! It was so much more than I ever imagined when I sat down to read this novel. Set in a dystopian society where the inhabitants are truly divided via the “Have, Have-Nots” rule, except in this case it is regarding genetics. Once the society lived as a whole until their children started being born with special abilities, referred to as manifestations. These abilities caused fear and social outcry is never a good thing. The dregs (DNA regulars) did everything they could in order to return their children back to “normal.” In the end war broke out and the tables turned as the Supergenics became the group in power.

That is about all the information about the plot that I can give to you without spoiling the story for you. Seriously, no kidding! This world is deeply complex and filled with super imagery and raw humanity! What makes this story so memorable is that there is a continuous interplay between right and wrong. You have one sect of society believing they are right while the other is being told they are wrong. Enter in a few characters from the wrong crowd and right crowd who actually question what is happening around them and you have got glorious shades of grey. It is within this grey that the characters really come to life.

The heroine in this story is Caitlin, she is a Dreg who dreamed and hoped to manifest into something greater. Throughout this book, I witnessed the most amazing transformation in this character. Caitlin is instantly likeable because anyone could see a portion of themselves in this young adult. She was tired of being plain old Caitlin and she wanted to really be somebody. I could really feel her characters yearning and her disappointments. She is flawed, and even though well intentioned, makes mistakes that lead to great inner turmoil but she is able to come to terms with herself and turn it around in the most remarkable way.

There are no cardboard characters in this story. Every single character adds to the plot and helps move the story along. I have my favorites but there is something that they all share and that is that they are all complex but flawed and perfectly relatable. You will find yourself connecting to each character and suffering with them and hoping for them.

There are many great messages to be gleaned from this young adult novel. They are woven through this storyline and through the character’s interactions. I highly recommend this book to those of you who always dreamed of being a super hero. I especially recommend this book to those of you who loved comic books and always imagined being the regular person who became something more than they are due to their trials and tribulations. Oh yes, we all love the anti-hero!

*Thank you to Steven Bereznai for this complimentary copy of I Want Superpowers*


About Steven Bereznai

Author Steven Bereznai

Steven Bereznai is a Toronto author and travel writer.

His newest book is I Want Superpowers, a dystopian YA novel, available at all major online outlets.

His first book, Gay and Single…Forever, was released in 2006, followed by his novels Queeroes and Queeroes 2. His writing is also featured in the anthologies Second Person Queer, I Like It Like That, Singleism, The Lavender Menace, and Best Gay Romance 2010.

He is a former editor-in-chief of fab magazine and FAB STYLE QUARTERLY. His articles have appeared in PAX, Passport, Instinct, The Toronto Star, VIA Destinations, Now, Xtra!, Icon, and of course, fab.

He also spent 15 years at CBC Newsworld’s national newsroom, working his way up from editorial assistant (glorified gopher) to writer for: CBC News: Sunday, Saturday Report, Canada Now, The National, as well as hourly news segments.

His unpublished novella 3 Nights in Bangkok, “a gay love story powered by wit, charm, humor and a good deal of lust,” won first runner up in Anvil Press’ 3-Day Novel Contest in 2001.

He is an avid amateur water polo player, registered hypnotist, and Pilates instructor.

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