December 3, 2013

Review: Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger


The world’s safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash-and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

add to goodreadsOverpowered by Mark H. Kruger
Publication Date:  August 27, 2013
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Gabby NewOverpowered by author Mark. H. Kruger was a novel that sounded like it would be exciting and keep up a fast pace. The cover looked cool, the premise interesting and promising—in short I was very happy to get reading. What I will say by the end of the novel is that Overpowered is unlike anything I expected it to be.

               In Overpowered main character Nica Ashely has grown up travelling from country to country with her journalist mother, the last thing she expects is for her mother to get a job in the coldest place on Earth and to be sent straight to her father’s small town of Barrington. Barrington is unlike anything Nica has expected—it has a curfew for one thing—and is a small, quiet community where everybody knows everybody. The pride of the town is the company that practically owns it; BarTech.

When Nica is enrolled at the high school she ends up meeting Jackson Winters, an attractive, strange boy whose life has spiralled out of control after his girlfriend went missing. Immediately Nica finds herself drawn to him, but she doesn’t expect anything out of the rebellious boy. However when both of them are out after curfew together by sheer luck they both witness something strange and out of place in Barrington, a strange flash of light.

 Suddenly Nica discovers that the strange flash has given her and a few of her peers strange superhero-like powers. Wanting to uncover the answers to why the can suddenly achieve unbelievable feats, Nica and her friends begin to bring buried secrets to life and learn that Barrington and BarTech are not what they seem.

For the most part Overpowered was a good read. The plot was interesting and kept me wanting to carry on and find out what secrets this small town was keeping. I do think that there are a lot of things that happen in the story that readers will not expect to go down. There were a few issues that I had with this read, one of them being that in the plot I really just wished that there was more time to go in depth about certain things/more explanations for certain occurances. I think a lot of people who have read the novel will agree with me about a few plot holes, though if you ignore them the plot is pretty solid and mysterious.

Another problem I had with Overpowered was the writing, I had a love/hate relationship with it. There were times where it was descriptive and exciting but for the most part it felt very awkward. The novel is written in the first person point of view but there were countless times where Nica would be written thinking something that just did not sound like her character at all, one thing that comes to mind would be the fact that Nica uses the word ‘lad’. It felt very out of character. There were also unnecessarily long descriptions on clothing, setting, etcetra that made it very hard to get as into the novel as I wanted to.

I did like the romance that took place in the novel between Nica and Jackson, I can proudly say that the plot did drive the romance and made it very real. Everything between Nica and Jackson just made me all smiley and happy to see them together. Still, there were times when they would have their romantic scenes and they wouldn’t even feel all that long and I just wished that there scenes could have been extended to make their romance more realistic.



Mark H. Kruger was born in New York City and grew up in Long Island, where he spent much of his misbegotten youth watching scary movies and reading Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson and Charles Dickens. These days, he is a film and TV writer specializing in edge-of-your-seat thrillers and suspense. He has written and produced for The 4400 and Necessary Roughness and has worked with filmmakers Wes Craven, Clive Barker and Bill Condon. He lives in Los Angeles.

OVERPOWERED, his debut novel, will be published by Simon & Schuster in August 2013.

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