Review: We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
I read We Could Be Heroes just 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. There’s something for everyone in this story so pick it up now and see my thoughts below!
We Could Be Heroesby Mike Chen
Published by: Mira Books
on January 6, 2021
Genres: Adult, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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.
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!