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An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be. Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books. Zoe is also searching for her past, and using h An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be. Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books. Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it. When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.


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An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be. Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books. Zoe is also searching for her past, and using h An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be. Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books. Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it. When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.

30 review for We Could Be Heroes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    1/26/21: happy book birthday!! (aka release date) GIVE ME MORE PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS IN LITERATURE. thank you. This book was such a wholesome story under complicated circumstances and I was so attached to the main characters T_T — overall thoughts: 4.5 — “Extraordinary comes in many forms. You never realized that, and that pushed her to find it elsewhere.” I loved that this wasn’t a romance, which might be deal breaker to some people, but it was so refreshing to read about the platonic relation 1/26/21: happy book birthday!! (aka release date) GIVE ME MORE PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS IN LITERATURE. thank you. This book was such a wholesome story under complicated circumstances and I was so attached to the main characters T_T — overall thoughts: 4.5 — “Extraordinary comes in many forms. You never realized that, and that pushed her to find it elsewhere.” I loved that this wasn’t a romance, which might be deal breaker to some people, but it was so refreshing to read about the platonic relationship between the characters in the midst of this choas. I feel like we need more of that in literature. As much as I love a good romance, there’s something heart warming about friends just being friends in a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But still made my heart soft. We Could Be Heroes is an Adult Science Fiction/Contemporary standalone about a vigilante and a bank robber who lost their memories. I am sucker for stories about lost memories. The endearing characters hooked me from the start and I really did find myself smiling while reading. Neither of our mains are what I would call a ~hero or a ~villain. Maybe antiheroes would be the grey area but at the core of it all, they are flawed people who want to make the most out of the cards they were dealt with. Jamie is definitely that person who just wants to escape into an island while reading books and drinking coffee with his cat (this is canon and honestly, this would be me). On the other hand, Zoe goes about arresting “bad guys” like… said bank robber. They meet in a memory-loss support group and the action-packed story takes off from there. If there is such thing, this would be the book equivalent to a popcorn movie with diversity and LGBTQ+ rep (not a main focus tho). I do tend to look for antagonists with more depth rather and the tone of the story does take a different turn from what it was in the beginning. Nonetheless, the ending was extremely satisfying with how everything came full circle and as a huge fan of all the Superhero CW shows, I loved this. Besides, the David Bowie and Alesso song plays in my head every time I see this book. It was so perfectly my type of story. ↣ Would definitely recommend if you are looking for an easy read and you’re not looking for a romance but enjoy good friendships. Especially stories with humor and a nostalgic factor. ↢ *Thank you to the publicist at -Harlequin/MIRA- for sending me an ARC for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* ----------------- I truly am weak for friendship themes two people who have no memories with superpowers but one is a vigilante and one is a villain? dichotomy between "good" and "bad"? I also see "pansexual villain" everything about this is intriguing to me. this is like if you flipped addie larue and gave them superpowers

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Two misfits whose memories are erased turning into reluctant heroes: a mind robber and greatest fae combining their powers for greater good but their main motivation is discovering who they really are! Well: I personally enjoyed the diversity and LGBT representation of the story with its relatable MCs Zoe and Jamie who team up to find their mysterious origins. They’re not born to be heroes but now they are forced to adapt in their changing lives but forming a proper future life depends on where Two misfits whose memories are erased turning into reluctant heroes: a mind robber and greatest fae combining their powers for greater good but their main motivation is discovering who they really are! Well: I personally enjoyed the diversity and LGBT representation of the story with its relatable MCs Zoe and Jamie who team up to find their mysterious origins. They’re not born to be heroes but now they are forced to adapt in their changing lives but forming a proper future life depends on where they come from and what their real purpose is. It’s a balanced paced, intriguing reading with promising world building and a little weak, flat villain characterization ( yes I visualized someone more powerful with his evil laughs and great schemes to destroy the universe) Overall: it was more than okay, smart, riveting read! I enjoyed the previous works of the author a little more. But I respect his choice to try something new about heroes with super powers theme. I’m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 entertaining, moving, action packed stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and HARLEQUIN/ Mira for sharing this digital arc with me in exchange my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen A comic book in a novel format. Fantasy. A man with the ability to erase memories. A woman that can fly (kind of) and has super strength and catches criminals. Neither one of them know who they really are. They meet in an anonymous support meeting and become friends. I expected something extraordinary. What I got was comic book characters including the evil genius doing crazy experiments along with a moral lesson. The characters by definition were a bit flat to me We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen A comic book in a novel format. Fantasy. A man with the ability to erase memories. A woman that can fly (kind of) and has super strength and catches criminals. Neither one of them know who they really are. They meet in an anonymous support meeting and become friends. I expected something extraordinary. What I got was comic book characters including the evil genius doing crazy experiments along with a moral lesson. The characters by definition were a bit flat to me. They are missing their memories. On the opposing side, a little to much of factory-electric-mad scientists detail. I wanted to like the main character more but there wasn’t enough in the story to endear me to them. Entertaining in a graphic comic simile. On the evil experiments: “And who wanted to eat electricity anyway? That sounded terrible. Even if it was in the form of electric tacos.” I received a copy of this from NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    3.75 out of 5 stars. If I had to put this book in the Alignment Chart I would undoubtedly put this under the 'Chaotic Good' category. But of course that is just my personal opinion about the book. 3.75 out of 5 stars. If I had to put this book in the Alignment Chart I would undoubtedly put this under the 'Chaotic Good' category. But of course that is just my personal opinion about the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    FireLily

    EVERYWHERE WE GO WE CAN HAVE ALL THAT WE EVER WANT SWINGING LIKE ALI KNOCKING OUT BODIES STANDING ON TOP LIKE A CHAMPION KEEP YOUR SILVER, GIVE ME THAT GOLD YOU'LL REMEMBER WHEN I SAY WE CAN BE HEROES EVERYWHERE WE GO KEEPING US DOWN IS IMPOSSIBLE CAUSE WE'RE UNSTOPPABLE sorry that's the first thing that pops into my head when I see this title I'll probably delete this EVERYWHERE WE GO WE CAN HAVE ALL THAT WE EVER WANT SWINGING LIKE ALI KNOCKING OUT BODIES STANDING ON TOP LIKE A CHAMPION KEEP YOUR SILVER, GIVE ME THAT GOLD YOU'LL REMEMBER WHEN I SAY WE CAN BE HEROES EVERYWHERE WE GO KEEPING US DOWN IS IMPOSSIBLE CAUSE WE'RE UNSTOPPABLE sorry that's the first thing that pops into my head when I see this title I'll probably delete this

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen was one of those books that I liked but other than that it wasn't anything too special, in my honest opinion. I really wanted to like it so much more than I did but the story in general just left me wanting more, unfortunately. It was good enough to read once but that's where it stopped for me. The book featured a hero and villain who have superhuman powers. Zoe a.k.a the Throwing Star, who has super speed, super strenght, can fly and who kicks criminals' ass and s We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen was one of those books that I liked but other than that it wasn't anything too special, in my honest opinion. I really wanted to like it so much more than I did but the story in general just left me wanting more, unfortunately. It was good enough to read once but that's where it stopped for me. The book featured a hero and villain who have superhuman powers. Zoe a.k.a the Throwing Star, who has super speed, super strenght, can fly and who kicks criminals' ass and saves people. Then we have Jamie a.k.a. the Mind Robber, who has the ability to read and erase other people’s memories which he uses to rob banks. Both woke up two years ago with no memory of who they are and with these extraordinary abilities. They come together as unlikely allies to find out more about themselves and even start to become friends. The book was a four star read for the first half of the book. I really liked it but around the 50% mark the story and characters started to lose my attention. It started to become draggy and sometimes just plain confusing. Also in the invite hero it said that it "stars a pansexual villain" but there wasn't really anything mentioned in the story beyond Jamie having had a husband. That disappointed me a little. I'm not sure what I expected from the story but definitely more than I got. However I do like that at least it was a diverse story that included a woman of color as the hero as well as someone in the LGBTQ community that's definitely one of the high points for me with this book. So would I recommend We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen? Yes if you're really into superhero and character driven stories but I wouldn't say it's exacyly re-read worthy. It was a likable read but nothing spectacular.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    Working on a blog tour post tonight for this hero-tastic book! Will put link to the post here once I’m finished! :) ___________________________ Check out my Blog Tour Post for this ARC here: http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev... ___________________________  I began reading this ready for your average super hero story but that is not what I got. I got a story about your average humans who just happen to wake up with no recollection of who they were prior to opening their eyes, but with extraordinar Working on a blog tour post tonight for this hero-tastic book! Will put link to the post here once I’m finished! :) ___________________________ Check out my Blog Tour Post for this ARC here: http://vicariouslyvoraciously.com/rev... ___________________________  I began reading this ready for your average super hero story but that is not what I got. I got a story about your average humans who just happen to wake up with no recollection of who they were prior to opening their eyes, but with extraordinary abilities. What would you do if you were given special abilities? Would you use them for good or evil? Become the Villain or the Vigilante? Thats the big question our two MC's must ask themselves. What is their power better used for? Can they find it within themselves to do whatever it takes to justify the means of using their powers? The difference in the dynamic of each character paired with the direction they each decide to take their powers in order to achieve what they think that they were meant to do makes for an epic battle between the good and the bad. But with Jamie not being a true villain, you feel like you really don't know who is right.. Which character is making the best of what they were given? It's a constant push and pull throughout the book that keeps you wondering to what side you lean. Its not until they find a common goal and they decide to work together that you get a glimpse of a bigger evil behind the scenes. And that right there was where the book takes off, and you just have to hang on for the ride. I really enjoyed this book and think that it was a really fun book to kick off the new year with. At times like these, we could all use a hero or two to root for.  Its got some deep thoughts of good vs evil but at the same time is full of adventure and growth and excitement that keeps you reading just to see what happens next. It was light enough to not feel overwhelming but had enough depth to connect with these characters and care about what happens to them.  I am browsing other Mike Chen books to add to my TBR now!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    3:5 would make a fun TV show and kept me turning pages. Quite different than the other Chen books I’ve read and this has humor fit for a comic book super hero a la the first Batman TV series. The other novels had more depth of character and plot but this was good for what it is.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alana

    *4.5 round to 5* A book about flawed heroes, being friends, representation...and PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS. Seriously, we need more of these. I know so many other reviews have stated this, but by god so am I because we so desperately need more books without romance. I could go on a RANT about this - about how platonic relationships should be valued just like romantic ones, about how mainstream media (including literature) doesn't include these enough...but I'll stop myself. This book, despite the o *4.5 round to 5* A book about flawed heroes, being friends, representation...and PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS. Seriously, we need more of these. I know so many other reviews have stated this, but by god so am I because we so desperately need more books without romance. I could go on a RANT about this - about how platonic relationships should be valued just like romantic ones, about how mainstream media (including literature) doesn't include these enough...but I'll stop myself. This book, despite the obvious parts I love, have heroes you can't quite categorize as heroic - real, deeply-layered individuals who were a treat to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana Urban

    An incredibly fun story with delightfully flawed superheroes, exciting action, and satisfying character growth—not to mention moments that’ll make you laugh out loud. I have all my fingers crossed I’ll get to see this on screen someday!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    2.5 stars I loved the premise, and Chen always has such an honest and genuine tone in his books, but in the end I just didn't care for this. I much preferred A Beginning at the End, which demonstrates some similarly positive and affirming ideas in a better executed story. 2.5 stars I loved the premise, and Chen always has such an honest and genuine tone in his books, but in the end I just didn't care for this. I much preferred A Beginning at the End, which demonstrates some similarly positive and affirming ideas in a better executed story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    The reason I enjoy Mike Chen’s books so much is because I seem to get really attached to his characters. And We Could Be Heroes was no exception. I immediately was drawn to Jamie, a bank robber who awoke 2 years ago with no memories of his life before, but who discovered he was able to read other’s memories and erase whatever memories he chose. During his bank robberies, he would gently erase all memories of himself and the bank robberies. Zoe was a little harder to warm to. She also woke up 2 yea The reason I enjoy Mike Chen’s books so much is because I seem to get really attached to his characters. And We Could Be Heroes was no exception. I immediately was drawn to Jamie, a bank robber who awoke 2 years ago with no memories of his life before, but who discovered he was able to read other’s memories and erase whatever memories he chose. During his bank robberies, he would gently erase all memories of himself and the bank robberies. Zoe was a little harder to warm to. She also woke up 2 years before with no memories but with super human strength and the ability to “hover”. Zoe decides to use her powers for good and becomes a vigilante. Zoe and Jamie run into each other and decide to team up to get answers to their similar backgrounds. And once Zoe and Jamie’s friendship starts, this is where I completely warmed up to Zoe. Together they made a great team... Eventually. And then they had a great friendship. I finished this book in 2 sittings and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. *Thanks to Mira Books and Netgalley for the advance copy!*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen is an enthralling and diverse superhero sci-fi novel. I was hooked right from the beginning and it was very easy to speed right through it. I'm really glad I took a chance on this because I've been pretty impressed by his two previous novels and I really appreciated his style when it comes to the superhero genre. His world-building skills are as always top-notch and I also found myself quite investe I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen is an enthralling and diverse superhero sci-fi novel. I was hooked right from the beginning and it was very easy to speed right through it. I'm really glad I took a chance on this because I've been pretty impressed by his two previous novels and I really appreciated his style when it comes to the superhero genre. His world-building skills are as always top-notch and I also found myself quite invested in his characters, especially Zoe and Jamie. I particularly enjoyed getting to watch them figure their lives and their futures out. Whether they're going to be the hero or the villain is entirely up to them. The action and the story overall are quite cinematic and I would enjoy seeing it adapted to the screen. Overall, I highly recommend it especially if you're a fan of superheroes and Chen's brand. I can't wait to see what Chen's going to come up with next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    Would you still be the same person if you could blank state yourself? Chen explores this idea in his fast-paced superhero adventure. The story revolves around an unexpected friendship between villainous Jamie Sorenson (aka Mind Robber) and vigilante Zoe Wang (aka Throwing Star). After meeting at Memory Loss & Dementia Support Group, they discover they lost memory around the same time, two years ago. Zoe wants to learn about her past, Jamie wants to rob enough money to fly away to the Caribbean w Would you still be the same person if you could blank state yourself? Chen explores this idea in his fast-paced superhero adventure. The story revolves around an unexpected friendship between villainous Jamie Sorenson (aka Mind Robber) and vigilante Zoe Wang (aka Throwing Star). After meeting at Memory Loss & Dementia Support Group, they discover they lost memory around the same time, two years ago. Zoe wants to learn about her past, Jamie wants to rob enough money to fly away to the Caribbean with his cat. They’re also dorks with no idea of what they’re doing. I liked Chen’s lighthearted take on a hero/villain origin story. Zoe and Jamie’s interactions are endearing and funny. The story has enough twists to keep the reader’s attention. Unfortunately, the plot is rather thin and the motivations of bad guys remain unconvincing. All told, a solid and entertaining read, but not the one I’ll remember for a long time. Narration: I’ve listened to the audiobook. Emily Woe Zeller does a good job, especially for Zoe. Jamie, however, sounds like a victim of prolonged constipation. I had an issue with his voice but got used to it after a while.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    While I liked Mike Chen’s previous books, they always felt a little shy of amazing. This time, I totally enjoyed this story of two extraordinary people, who find each other in a support group for people with memory problems, after one of them tries his best to avoid the other when they were in their “superhero” roles. While their relationship is initially a bit rocky, the two agree to work together to unearth their lost memories and hopefully discover who they are, why they have powers, and why t While I liked Mike Chen’s previous books, they always felt a little shy of amazing. This time, I totally enjoyed this story of two extraordinary people, who find each other in a support group for people with memory problems, after one of them tries his best to avoid the other when they were in their “superhero” roles. While their relationship is initially a bit rocky, the two agree to work together to unearth their lost memories and hopefully discover who they are, why they have powers, and why they can’t remember anything any further back than two years ago. Over several attempts, they discover a plot in service of a larger ideal, and our main characters were altered by a shadowy organization. The two characters drew me in and has me caring about them immediately. I loved the platonic friendship they developed and the contrasts between their behaviours. There was enough action and character moments to keep me happy and the ending was a satisfying progression for the main characters, though I was left with a few questions at the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    He was the Mind Robber. She was the Throwing Star. Can I make it any more obvious? He was a supervillain with memory-reading-slash-erasing powers who robbed banks to build up his Caribbean retirement fund. She was a vigilante with super-hearing-running-punching-heat-sensing powers who beat up common criminals on a part-time basis. What more can I say? He had a cat (named Normal). She had drinking problems. And together they will be heroes. Just for one day. Or several Alright. Notwithstanding the He was the Mind Robber. She was the Throwing Star. Can I make it any more obvious? He was a supervillain with memory-reading-slash-erasing powers who robbed banks to build up his Caribbean retirement fund. She was a vigilante with super-hearing-running-punching-heat-sensing powers who beat up common criminals on a part-time basis. What more can I say? He had a cat (named Normal). She had drinking problems. And together they will be heroes. Just for one day. Or several Alright. Notwithstanding the mashup of Avril Lavigne and David Bowie that's been looping in my head since I first read the blurb, and despite your typical premise of "two enemies find common ground and end up working together," the villain and the superhero of We Could Be Heroes do NOT end up in a romantic entanglement—this is a friendship first type of tale—which I thought was delightfully refreshing. And Chen offers a lot more to refresh your dusty, jaded brain crevices. Zoe is an Asian-American superhero-slash-food-delivery-person with amnesia, and Jamie is a pragmatic pansexual British-American bank robber with amnesia. A match made in heaven. No, truly - they're a great duo. Jamie is a quiet planner, thriving on organization and examining problems from multiple angles, whereas Zoe is an unabashed pantser, throwing caution to the wind and bashing through front doors. Complete opposites and it's a hell of lot of fun seeing them at work. Chen also does his absolute best to add little details that creep under your heart and make you root for the characters. Like how Jamie practices his cliche one-liners and loves books and would spoil his cat to hell and back. Like how Zoe lives for campy slasher flicks. The fun also comes with dark moments. Zoe is impulsive and deals with addiction and feelings of unfulfillment. Jaime is adamant about avoiding his past. Neither are very good with social interactions; they both use their powers and monikers as a shield against the world, a way to face people with more confident versions of themselves. It's easy to rehearse lines and put on a costume. Harder to go home at the end of the day where there's no one to hide behind except yourself. Chen balances the tonal shifts neatly. I did find it disappointing, though, that Jamie's backstory was brushed aside and never really touched on again until the end. I guess that's to illustrate the difference between the protagonists - how Zoe digs and digs for answers until she's satisfied, while Jamie would rather just move forward with a new start - but it still feels like a major string left untied. This is a story about setting aside your past in the past and living as the person you are in the present, and a deeper insight into both Jamie and Zoe's previous lives would have put more weight behind the message. Other than that, the plot is definitely the weakest point. It's your classic fare of "Scientists conduct experiments on humans. Scientists get their asses handed to them by said experiments" - skeletal at best, unanswered questions dotting the narrative like swiss cheese holes at worst. But heavy plotting never seems to be Chen's focal point, and really, with characters like these, it doesn't have to be. For me, charming characters and banter can carry most bland plots, and Jamie and Zoe are the definition of charm. So it was easier to turn the skeptic whispers down low and not get hung up on the fact that some of these organizations - the police especially - acted like people out of a PG-13 cartoon. Speaking of cartoons, that's what the story felt like - a good Pixar film. Simple, self-aware, a little cheesy (but the kind that keeps you grinning), and all in all endearing. It doesn't seek to completely reinvent the superhero genre or pull you through a deep breakdown of its tropes, but it does doodle in a little party hat and a fuzzy lap cat for the superhero on your comic book cover. Just a bit of fun. Just a bit of heart-tugging humanity. And a reminder that behind every masked hero (or villain-turned-hero) with great power is someone with their own share of flaws and insecurities. ~~ Review copy provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Singrey

    Two people with extraordinary powers are on opposite sides of the law. Jamie - the Mind Robber - can stun people or see and steal their memories. He uses this power to rob banks, since they’re insured, to fund a retirement in the Caribbean with his cat, Normal. Zoe, the Throwing Star, fights crime with her super strength when she’s not delivering restaurant food orders. She’s determined to catch the Mind Robber. But when they meet at a group for those with memory issues, they discover they have Two people with extraordinary powers are on opposite sides of the law. Jamie - the Mind Robber - can stun people or see and steal their memories. He uses this power to rob banks, since they’re insured, to fund a retirement in the Caribbean with his cat, Normal. Zoe, the Throwing Star, fights crime with her super strength when she’s not delivering restaurant food orders. She’s determined to catch the Mind Robber. But when they meet at a group for those with memory issues, they discover they have the same origin story: waking up in a paid-for apartment with no memory of their past and extraordinary powers. They agree to work together to find out what happened to them, but mysterious people start following them. They need to solve the mystery before it’s too late. The characters are delightfully quirky. I love how the Robber is the one who’s always thinking of others and trying to do the right thing. Zoe’s enthusiasm and confidence is the perfect match for his cautious approach. I loved watching their friendship build. My favorite line from this book: “They keep setting us against each other. And we keep deciding we’re better off as friends.” I don’t want to say too much about this so I don’t spoil anything, but I liked the villain’s backstory. This was a delightfully different take on superheroes with two middle-aged protagonists. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: We Could Be Heroes Author: Mike Chen Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC. I’m just going to be honest. I did not like this one. It’s not that it’s a bad book by any means, but I just could not get into. I really think that I am not the intended audience for this one. I gave it a go and it just didn’t work out for me. I felt like the big reason why I didn’t like this one was because of the way that everything was carried out. We have Book: We Could Be Heroes Author: Mike Chen Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC. I’m just going to be honest. I did not like this one. It’s not that it’s a bad book by any means, but I just could not get into. I really think that I am not the intended audience for this one. I gave it a go and it just didn’t work out for me. I felt like the big reason why I didn’t like this one was because of the way that everything was carried out. We have two twenty something year olds who both have a lot going on. Plus, they have superhero powers. However, we really aren’t given a chance to kind of bond with them and get to know them. It felt like the author was trying to withhold this information to make him seem all knowing. I have read books where this is done and done well. However, here it felt kind of slopy and really took away from the plot. I know it was supposed to be big reveal at the end, but it just made for a mess. We needed to have just a little bit more background information in order for the whole plot to work. We were just missing that information that would have made the whole thing work. The fact that information was withheld and not done very well had a big effect on the plot for me. There were times in this book that I had no idea as to what was going on. I know, I know, it was all done for the sake of the big reveal. However, there was some information that was missing that we kind of needed to know in order to have a better understanding of the story. You can withhold information and still make the plot work. You have to give your readers clues and hints to make them guess as to what is happening. I wasn’t able to do that here. As a result, I lost interest in what was going on. Mike Chen isn’t a bad writer. However, the way he carried this one out made me not want to pick up anyone of his books. The writing could have been good, but it was very clear in this one that he was trying way too hard to hide information that we kind of needed to understand what was going on. Maybe this makes me a poor reader, but I don’t think so. We need background information. We need something to give us a chance to kind of piece together what is going on. We need a reason to see if our theories are right and, sadly, that did not happen here. So, anyway, I think I have said just about all I can say about this one. It comes out on January 26, 2021.

  19. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) We Could Be Heroes is a book that breezed by while reading. Fast paced action and well balanced, We Could Be Heroes is a story that, if you like superheros, will captivate you. It has almost a cinematic feel and I could easily imagine it as a mini series. But what I loved the most about this book was the ways Jamie and Zoe aren't your typical super powered humans. They are a bit of (Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) We Could Be Heroes is a book that breezed by while reading. Fast paced action and well balanced, We Could Be Heroes is a story that, if you like superheros, will captivate you. It has almost a cinematic feel and I could easily imagine it as a mini series. But what I loved the most about this book was the ways Jamie and Zoe aren't your typical super powered humans. They are a bit of a mess, like us. Wanting to lie on the beach, drinking a bit too much, being a cat person and all. They're very much figuring out not only themselves, but their futures. And, at the same time, they're not your typical hero or villain. Which is kind of the point. Chen makes it clear that while we may have superpowers, it's what we choose to do with them that impacts the role we take on with the world. How it's all a matter of perspective, framing, and choices. I loved reading about the evolution of both Zoe and Jamie, all while discovering even more to them as they book progressed. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    We Could Be Heroes was not the book I anticipated by the cover and description. The first few chapters worked really well, and I really appreciated true inner turmoil of Zoe and Jamie, showing bank robbers aren’t all bad and heroes aren’t all good. For me, the book was very muddled in the middle. The plot seemed disjointed and not very cohesive. You would be thinking they were going one way and all of the sudden they were arrested and shifting. There were memory flashbacks that weren’t clean on We Could Be Heroes was not the book I anticipated by the cover and description. The first few chapters worked really well, and I really appreciated true inner turmoil of Zoe and Jamie, showing bank robbers aren’t all bad and heroes aren’t all good. For me, the book was very muddled in the middle. The plot seemed disjointed and not very cohesive. You would be thinking they were going one way and all of the sudden they were arrested and shifting. There were memory flashbacks that weren’t clean on the transitions and left you confused about which timeline it was happening in. Overall I wanted to pan out towards the end and show that there was a larger purpose to it, but that didn’t seem to happen. They saved the city by bringing power back to them, but it kind of seemed lackluster. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for this ARC of We Could Be Heroes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    3 days into the new year and I already have a book for my best of list. I want to say We Could Be Heroes took me completely by surprise but I have read Mike’s words before and knew I was in for a treat. Looking for a speculative novel that is character driven and full of heart? Enter We Could Be Heroes, with action that keeps you fully immersed and characters you’re cheering for the whole way through. In a world that could easily be ours, two unsuspecting characters have developed superpowers….wit 3 days into the new year and I already have a book for my best of list. I want to say We Could Be Heroes took me completely by surprise but I have read Mike’s words before and knew I was in for a treat. Looking for a speculative novel that is character driven and full of heart? Enter We Could Be Heroes, with action that keeps you fully immersed and characters you’re cheering for the whole way through. In a world that could easily be ours, two unsuspecting characters have developed superpowers….with no memory before that moment. Humans are fundamentally always in search of who they are so two adults waking up with extraordinary powers that no one else appears to have and no recollection of how they got there is cause for immediate crisis. …or is it? The book opens in action scene that is at first jarring - what a terrifying ability! Robbing a bank by threatening to erase a person’s loved one from their memory? I was immediately terrified of Jamie and his mind-bending ability. Turns out Jamie is a cinnamon roll and he just wants to spoil his cat and retire to a beach. Do I think he would do it? No. Of course, Zoe, the vigilante with your more typical abilities (speed, strength, etc) is planning her big moment, capturing the memory (and bank) robber. She’s…a mess with a heart of gold. Impulsive. Reckless. Determined. This is a typical romance set up but I appreciate that Mike played off their shared connection to find out their pasts and the friendship that develops between these two unlikely heroes. Ultimately this is a story about who we are and who we want to be. How we shape our futures and honor our pasts. It also has an interesting world that is uncovered in the back half of the book, which I flew through. Someone adapt this because it has all the makings of an amazing movie!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Krall

    There are so many things I loved about this book. I was not surprised to learn that the author has a young daughter given that he gave us a strong, badass female superhero, Zoe Wong. Zoe is not perfect, somewhat flawed but wonderful. Her (platonic! Yes!) friendship with Jamie was interesting, funny and refreshing. There was diversity, there were playful jabs at obvious gender stereotypes, there was LBGT representation and there was simply FUN.

  23. 5 out of 5

    jut

    "we're still going to rob a bank together, right?” yes, the answer was yes and still is yes. "we're still going to rob a bank together, right?” yes, the answer was yes and still is yes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tori (InToriLex)

    This is a soft sci-fi but definitely more a contemporary read. I could not get into this at all. Probably because I like my sci-fi hard and contemporaries rarely.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    My First Foray Into Superhero Books. As much as I've read scifi for literally decades, this is actually my first foray into the actual superhero fiction genre. Yes, I've read a few comic books in my day and am a big fan of most of the major franchises, but this was my very first superhero fiction novel. And y'all, I found it quite compelling - even as a 38 yo married male reading about two people closer to that Young Adult / New Adult category. While the Arrowverse inspirations for this project My First Foray Into Superhero Books. As much as I've read scifi for literally decades, this is actually my first foray into the actual superhero fiction genre. Yes, I've read a few comic books in my day and am a big fan of most of the major franchises, but this was my very first superhero fiction novel. And y'all, I found it quite compelling - even as a 38 yo married male reading about two people closer to that Young Adult / New Adult category. While the Arrowverse inspirations for this project were quite clear in so *very* many areas, Chen still managed to create an intriguing and interesting story that could plausibly hold its own against any of those shows - and maybe even be better than some of them. This book definitely feels like a Book 1 for a potential new series, and this reader for one would be down for that. Very much recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    I'm a big fan of Mike Chen's books, and his latest release was both fun and thought-provoking. It starts out with Jamie, the "Mind Robber," a sort-of villain with the power to read and erase people's memories. Jamie is not really a bad guy, though, despite his lame villain speeches. He really just wants to get away from San Delgado, where he lives, to an island somewhere with his cat. He's been without his own memories for about two years, and he's tired of living the same blank existence in San I'm a big fan of Mike Chen's books, and his latest release was both fun and thought-provoking. It starts out with Jamie, the "Mind Robber," a sort-of villain with the power to read and erase people's memories. Jamie is not really a bad guy, though, despite his lame villain speeches. He really just wants to get away from San Delgado, where he lives, to an island somewhere with his cat. He's been without his own memories for about two years, and he's tired of living the same blank existence in San Delgado. He meets Zoe in a support group for people who have lost their memories, and she also has superhero powers. She can float and run really fast, and she's also super strong. Zoe and Jamie band together to find out where they came from, why they have superpowers, and why they've lost their memories. Like Mike's other books, this one is filled with heart as well as action. This book, with its superhero angle, has more action than either of his previous novels, but it's still a great character study. I especially loved that Zoe and Jamie, the protagonists of the story, had a strong friendship without any romantic attraction. It's a different kind of relationship and was fun to explore.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elle Marr

    This book tap danced between genres, creating a story I could not put down. I loved Jamie and Zoe, Normal the cat, and the insidious way Jamie and Zoe's abilities were more than I initially imagined! Without any spoilers, I thought the way that the author brought this unlikely pair to cross paths over and over was really fun, and the surprising direction their abilities took them was engaging to the last page -- plus, that splash of horror was *chef's kiss*. Thanks to the author for this advance This book tap danced between genres, creating a story I could not put down. I loved Jamie and Zoe, Normal the cat, and the insidious way Jamie and Zoe's abilities were more than I initially imagined! Without any spoilers, I thought the way that the author brought this unlikely pair to cross paths over and over was really fun, and the surprising direction their abilities took them was engaging to the last page -- plus, that splash of horror was *chef's kiss*. Thanks to the author for this advanced copy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I loved the concept but this fell a little short for me. I wanted Zoe and Jamie to have more personality than “I like horror movies” and “I like coffee” - it’s like those were the main traits that defined them and nothing else was really fleshed in. The ending was also too simple (the people part) and too complicated (the science part) and a lot of the science just didn’t work for me. I want sci-fi that makes it simple and realistic enough that I get it, not that I’m skimming because it makes li I loved the concept but this fell a little short for me. I wanted Zoe and Jamie to have more personality than “I like horror movies” and “I like coffee” - it’s like those were the main traits that defined them and nothing else was really fleshed in. The ending was also too simple (the people part) and too complicated (the science part) and a lot of the science just didn’t work for me. I want sci-fi that makes it simple and realistic enough that I get it, not that I’m skimming because it makes little sense. But I do think there’s sequel potential, maybe, and that could be interesting now that the world is built. And the title is perfect 👌

  29. 5 out of 5

    K.T.

    Fresh, fun superhero science fiction adventure story that began strong and maintained the pace and plot to the end. Jamie's goals are a huge mood: tropical island with a cat, coffee, and books for company. I appreciated the platonic friendship of Zoe and Jamie as well as the representation. The story worked well as a standalone novel, and I hope to see further adventures of these two in future books and/on screen. Fresh, fun superhero science fiction adventure story that began strong and maintained the pace and plot to the end. Jamie's goals are a huge mood: tropical island with a cat, coffee, and books for company. I appreciated the platonic friendship of Zoe and Jamie as well as the representation. The story worked well as a standalone novel, and I hope to see further adventures of these two in future books and/on screen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Waldman

    This wonderful book is like the Marvel movie of novels. Great characters with extraordinary powers, and nods throughout the book that I can only believe points to a sequel or the beginning of a superhero book series. The best book I’ve read in 2021 and will most likely be top 3 by the end of the year!

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