Elemental by Antony John

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If you happened to have read the review I wrote previous to this one (Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs), you will find that these stories are extremely similar. The predicament is kind of the same dealio. Thomas is really whiny because all his friends and family and everyone in the tiny village has some sort of elemental power and he doesn’t. One day, when a storm is rolling in, all the kids are sent to an island and all the adults are left to hold down the fort. When the children are away, BAM! pirates attack leaving all the island children to fend for themselves. Of course Thomas pulls through for everyone, it’s touching really.

In all honesty, I did like this book. Although it was super similar to Powerless, I liked the time period perspective better in this one. It is set in the future after a new version of the Plague wipes out the world as we know it (that’s what happens if you don’t get your kids vaccinated, folks!) the people in this book go back to living the way they did long ago. Evolution sure did help these guys out, giving them elemental powers sure did come in handy. Anyway, during this book, Thomas and the kids meet new people, form new bonds, and discover important, hidden information about the past of the island, all in an attempt to save the village from the pirates.

I’m going to give this book a solid three stars, maybe three and a half although my view might be a bit biased based off the fact that I feel like I read the same book twice in a row and I’m kind of bored of it.

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Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

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Kenna has always been jealous of the Heroes, living her life in the lab trying to prove she is as useful as they are through research. In a world of good and evil, right and wrong, heroes and villains, Kenna knows what side she is on, or so she thought. After being witness to a Villain break in, the lines begin to become a little blurred. When Kenna’s mother goes missing, and her best friend switching sides it seems as though what Kenna has known her whole life isn’t so concrete and she begins to doubt everything she believes in.

Powerless is a good story about a group of unlikely friends united to a good cause. Even if it is a little cliche, it was a good fun story, but cliche is definitely something it was. A girl without superpowers trying to find her place in a world where she is surrounded with superhuman abilities only to find out she is the one who holds the whole group together and ends up being super irreplaceable. What can I say, it was just a tad predictable. She also falls in love with someone totally “unlikely”, by that I mean you could make an educated guess and probably guess who Kenna falls in love with.

Although this book was predictable, I did enjoy it. It was a fast read, and it was fun. It wasn’t a heavy read, it didn’t require a ton of brain power or thinking, which is good because after Saint Anything I was really ready for a good old dystopian novel where the characters have much more important things to worry about than falling in love but they do it anyway. Everyone knows how I feel about that.

Three stars, maybe three and a half.