Superpowers by David J. Schwartz
A Novel

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Madison, Wisconsin: In the summer of 2001, five college juniors wake up with . . . not just a hangover, but superpowers. . . .

Jack Robinson: Grew up on a farm, works in a chem lab, and brews his own beer. Age: 19. Superpower: SPEED.

Caroline Bloom: Has a flair for fashion design and a mother who’s completely out of touch. Works as a waitress for a lunatic boss.
Age: 20. Superpower: FLIGHT.

Harriet Bishop: Studied violin, guitar, and piano . . . and was terrible at them all. Now writes about music for the campus paper.
Age: 20. Superpower: ­INVISIBILITY.

Mary Beth Layton: Is managing a 3.8, but feels like she’s working three times as hard as the people around her.
Age: 20. Superpower: STRENGTH.

Charlie Frost: Has an anxious way about him, and always looks like he’s on day 101 of his most recent haircut.
Age: 20. Superpower: TELEPATHY.

But how do you adjust to an extraordinary ability when you’re an ordinary person? What if you’re not ready for the responsibility that comes with great power? And how do you keep your head in a world that’s going mad?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About David J. Schwartz

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DAVID J. SCHWARTZ’s fiction has appeared in such anthologies as The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet; Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition; and the World Fantasy Award–nominated Twenty Epics. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and blogs at the Trade Paperback edition.
Published June 10, 2008 by Crown. 388 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Schwartz borrows heavily from classic comic books in this eager-to-please but unsatisfying debut. After five college friends wake up after a night of partying to discover they have superpowers, the

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BC Books

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What would you do if you woke up one morning with a superpower?

Jun 25 2008 | Read Full Review of Superpowers: A Novel

Strange Horizons

However, having read so many other similar books recently, I was conditioned to expect a lot of things from this book that it didn't deliver.

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