Superheroes Anonymous, Lexie Dunne
ebook, 192 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Harper Voyager Impulse
Source: E-ARC from Edelweiss
Everybody in Chicago has a “superhero sighting” story. So when a villain attacks editorial assistant Gail Godwin and she’s rescued by superhero Blaze, it’s a great story, and nothing more. Until it happens again. And again.
Now, the media has dubbed her Hostage Girl, nobody remembers her real name, and people are convinced that Blaze is just Gail’s boyfriend Jeremy in disguise. Gail’s not so sure. All she knows is that when both Jeremy and Blaze leave town in the same week, she’s probably doomed. Who will save her now?
But when the villains miraculously lose interest, Gail is able to return to her life…until she wakes up strapped to a metal table by a mad scientist who hasn’t read the news. Escaping, and now more than human herself, she’s drawn into a secret underground world of superheroes. She’ll have to come to terms with her powers (and weakness) to make it in the new society, and it’s not easy. After all, there’s a new villain on the rise, and she has her sights set on the one and only Hostage Girl.
I’m a nerd and I’m a sucker for books set in Chicago so I requested this even though I wasn’t 100% sold on the premise. I am so glad I did! I’d call Superheroes Anonymous basically The Incredibles as a book for adults. It was light hearted and a bit silly, but a really fun read overall.
Superheroes Anonymous takes us to a version of the US that is filled with heroes, villains and damsels in distress. They can fly, have superhuman strength, and of course have the costumes to go with! Gail happens across a villain when she first moves to Chicago and since the first run in has been kidnapped more times than she can count. She’s preyed on so much that her nickname becomes Hostage Girl. She even seems to have her own personal superhero! Blaze (complete with fire insignia on his uniform!) is there to save her nearly all the time. I was not too sure that I liked Gail very much in the beginning. She seems to have lost any sense of her self in becoming Hostage Girl. Even her boyfriend calls her “Girl” instead of her name! No thank you.
Gail’s boyfriend breaks up with her and Blaze has moved on with him-kind of suspicious don’t you think? Gail thinks she’s in for a peaceful life now, but then there’s a crash while she’s out getting coffee and she wakes-up in an evil lab one more time. Gail is helpless, but when she’s freed she realizes she has become somewhat super herself.
I loved this new super Gail! Even though she’s figuring out what’s going on with her body she becomes much stronger emotionally and starts to grow a backbone. I don’t want it to sound like she’s immediately runs out to become a superhero because that’s not true, but she decides to really think about what she wants out of life rather than being a hostage. She begins to see the real lives of the superheroes and wonders if she would like to be one of them. I love the friends that she makes-and I want to read more about them! The heroes keep their stories private of just how each came into their powers and I hope that book two gets into them in more detail.
The ending was a complete cliffhanger though which is kind of maddening. I do not like the direction things were going in the final scene so I hope that the wait for book #2 goes quickly!
Thank you Harper Voyager Impulse and Edelweiss for this advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion!