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Staff Picks- Superheroes, Supervillains, and Super-powers Teen Fiction

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Red Queen
By Victoria Aveyard
The Kingdom of Norta is divided by blood: those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. A Red, Mare Barrow serves the Silver Court until discovering that she, too, has powers; while her heart draws Mare deeper into Silver politics, her loyalty to Reds remains strong.
See also: Glass Sword, King’s Cage, War Storm

Wonder Woman: Warbreaker (DC Icons Series)
By Leigh Bardugo, Matt De La Peña, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas
New DC teen novels by four well-known YA authors that focus on the coming-of-age stories of Amazonian princess Diana, Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, and Clark Kent.
See also: Batman: Nightwalker, Catwoman: Soulstealer, Superman: Dawnbreaker

The Darkest Minds
By Alexandra Bracken
The virus killed most of America’s children; the survivors (Psi) and their powers are classified by color — Reds can make fire, Yellows can control electricity, Blues are telekinetic, Greens have heightened intelligence, and Oranges like Ruby can control minds. Escaping from one of the government’s brutal ‘rehabilitation’ camps, Ruby and her friends head for the last safe haven for Psi, a near-mythical place called East River.
See also: Never Fade, In the Afterlight, The Darkest Legacy

By Kristin Cashore
In the Seven Kingdoms, those born with heterochromia (different colored eyes) are Graced with an extreme and often-feared skill. Katsa has the horrifying Grace of killing, working as an assassin and executioner for the king since she was young, but as she grows older, Katsa struggles to find freedom and redemption.
See also: Fire, Bitterblue

Powerless (Hoopla)
By Tera Lynn Childs
Everyone has superpowers but Kenna; the only special thing about her is that she’s not special at all. She’s done feeling inferior, so when villains break into the lab where she interns she refuses to give them her research — but the break-in reveals shocking secrets that make Kenna rethink everything she’s ever known.
See also: Relentless

Mayhem and Madness: Chronicles of a Teenaged Supervillain
By J.A. Dauber
Bailey an average teenager: he runs track, gets decent grades, and has an unrequited crush. So when he finds a super-powered flying suit of computerized armor twenty feet beneath his boring suburban home, he knows it has something to do with his missing father…but how much bad will Bailey do to bring his dad back?

The Prisoner of Cell 25
By Richard Paul Evans
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid with Tourette's syndrome. But Michael has electric superpowers, and along with his best friend Ostin and one of Meridian’s cheerleaders, he searches for the cause of his unusual powers.
See also: Rise of the Elgen, Battle of the Ampere, Hunt for Jade Dragon, Storm of Lightning, Fall of Hades, The Final Spark

The Paladin Prophecy (Overdrive/Libby)
By Mark Frost
At his parents’ insistence, Will West lives life under the radar…until he gets the highest score on a nationwide exam. Now Will is being offered placement at an exclusive prep school, and as his life spirals out of control, he must find out what he’s truly capable of.
See also: Alliance, Rogue

By Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over fourteen and older suddenly disappears — gone along with phones, internet, and television. Within the impenetrable wall that now encircles the town, animals begin to mutate, and a mysterious force called The Power is changing some teens, giving them extraordinary abilities.
See also: Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light, Monster, Villain, Hero

Not Your Sidekick (Hoopla)
By C.B. Lee
Welcome to Andover, where superpowers are common but internships are complicated. Despite Jessica Tran’s heroic lineage, she can’t find anything for college apps until she stubles on the perfect (paid!) internship — only it’s with her town’s most heinous supervillain.
See also: Not Your Villain, Not Your Backup

I am Number Four
By Pittacus Lore
John Smith seems pretty normal, but he’s actually an alien from the planet Loria, on the run from the race of beings that murdered his people. As the other escapees are killed off one by one, he must figure out how to grow into his powerful inheritance if he wants to survive.
See also: The Power of Six, the Rise of Nine, The Fall of Five, The Revenge of Seven, The Fate of Ten, United as One

The Young Elites
By Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed most and left the survivors marked, shunned as outcasts…though it’s rumored that some of the marked have strange abilities. But Adelina has powers like no one, not even the gifted Young Elites, have ever seen — dark, horrifying, and vicious — and her fragile world isn’t ready for the damage that her thirst for revenge will unleash.
See also: The Rose Society, The Midnight Star

By Mike Lupica
Zach Harriman’s dad worked for the president, traveling the globe and taking out ‘the Bads’ until they finally got him. Zach is beginning to notice some changes — his senses are sharper, he’s stronger, and he’s fast — and as he learns more about his father, he realizes that he’s much more than ordinary.

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi
Juliette has been ostracized or incarcerated for her entire life — her touch causes horrific pain that can kill. Finally freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities for the Reestablishment’s postapocalyptic dictatorship, Juliette searches for a way out of her bondage.
See also: Unravel Me, Ignite Me, Restore Me, Defy Me, Imagine Me

By Marissa Meyer
The Renegades — a syndicate of humans with extraordinary abilities — are symbols of justice to everyone but the villains they once overthrew. Nova, out for vengeance, is forced to work with Adrian, a justice-loving Renegade boy, to fight a villain who is bigger than both of them.
See also: Archenemies, Supernova

The Rest of Us Just Live Here
By Patrick Ness
Mikey's town is just like yours, except that every once in a while the impossible (the undead, vampires, soul-eating ghosts) invades and is driven out by ‘indie’ kids — the same emo clique you know from your own schools. Mikey is just normal, so as the Messenger of the Immortals ravages his town seeking a Permanent Vessel, he focuses on liking his crush, being around his sister, dealing with anxiety, and hanging out with friends.

Steelheart (Overdrive/Libby)
By Brandon Sanderson
Ten years ago, a burst in the sky gave some people extraordinary powers; called Epics, they used their powers to subjugate the rest of humanity. A powerful and seemingly indestructible Epic named Steelheart rules what used to be Chicago, but David, whose father was killed by the violent Epic, has seen Steelheart bleed…and he wants revenge.
See also: Firefight, Calamity

By V.E. Schwab
Victor and Eli were college roommates who discovered that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities…but things don’t go quite as planned. Now, ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now turned foe) in a stunning quest for truth, power, and revenge.
See also: Vengeful

The Ables
By Jeremy Scott
Phillip Sallinger is blind, but when his father tells him he’s also telekinetic, a Custodian gifted with powers to protect humankind, he is thrilled. Excited to attend superhero high school until he gets stuck in a class for disabled kids, Phillip and the other self-dubbed ‘Ables’ find ways to maximize their powers to overcome their disabilities, ending up discovering a growing evil.

Infinity Son (Hoopla)
By Adam Silvera
Eighteen-year-old twins Emil and Brighton live in a New York City where celestials (people with inherent magic) and specters (those who gain powers by imbibing the blood of magical creatures) coexist with regular humans. Fans of the Spell Walkers, a vigilante group of specter-fighting celestials, the brothers learn surprising truths when one of them unexpectedly manifests a rare power.

Black Widow: Forever Red (Hoopla/Overdrive/Libby)
By Margaret Stohl
Agent Natasha Romanov rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin. Eight years later she reluctantly reunites with Ava, now a teenager, to protect her from a threat from the past and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.

By Scott Westerfield
Bellwether captures attention, Scam tells people what they want to hear, Crash can break electrical circuits, Flicker sees through other people’s eyes, Anonymous is instantly forgettable, and Kelsie can control crowds. As these six dysfunctional teens try to deal with one another, they also learn how to use their powers for good.
See also: Swarm, Nexus

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
By F.C. Yee
Genie Lo is just another Ivy-hopeful overachiever in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. When the new kid reveals that Genie has mythical powers, she suddenly has more to think about than college — run of the mill Chinese hero adventures like demon-bashing and world-saving