We Could Be Heroes

Mira: Harlequin. Jan. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780778331391. $27.99. FANTASY
Jamie Sorenson has superpowers. As the Mind Robber, he has been robbing banks and saving the money to get away from San Delgado and its new hero, the Throwing Star. As the Throwing Star, Zoe Wong figures at least she can pound on some bad guys while she tries to figure herself out. These two enemies have one thing in common: neither of them have any memories from before two years ago. When Jamie runs into Zoe at a memory-loss support group, they discover their pasts may be linked, and the search for answers will lead them into a deep conspiracy of medical experiments and memory wipes that threatens their city and more. Each has reasons to mistrust the other, but it will take breaking down boundaries—and pounding on more bad guys—to find their paths to true power. Interesting characters and solid pacing enliven this superhero story with twists.
VERDICT Chen’s (A Beginning at the End) writing wraps hard topics with heartfelt and humorous prose, creating a delightful novel of the steps and missteps of power, friendship, and trust.
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