Teens with superpowers battle an evil corporation and one another in this sequel to Overpowered (2014).
Nica, 16, tries to resist the mental powers of fellow student Dana after the smug girl invades the minds of Nica’s best friend, Oliver, and heartthrob, Jackson. Dana has the power to make people believe anything she wishes, and she’s using that ability in full support of Bar Tech, the corporate laboratory run by Richard Cochran, who’s been making genetic modifications to some of the local high school students, giving them superpowers. These fortunate few include Nica and her friends. Nica can become invisible, Oliver can move at amazingly fast speeds, and Jackson can generate devastating electrical charges. Meanwhile, their telekinetic friend Maya has been missing for months. When Oliver and Jackson turn against Nica, she teams up instead with Chase, Cochran’s son, initiating a mild love triangle. As Dana takes over more students, Nica, Chase, and a new friend, astral-projector Topher, try to infiltrate Bar Tech’s facilities to discover the real purpose of their experiments, thereby encountering mortal danger. Screenwriter Kruger focuses on suspense but gives Nica plenty of time to ponder her turmoil of emotions, significantly padding the book. The author solves several of his conundrums rather easily but reveals a surprise at the end, paving the way for another sequel. Characters remain shallow but accessible.
Strictly for techno-thriller fans. (Thriller. 12-18)