Constant tests and trials await the senior students. Beyond simulated missions and classes, they'll also have to buckle down to learn about agents, prospective teams, internships, and other seemingly endless elements of being a Hero. For some, however, the classroom is only one aspect of the trouble that lies ahead. Long-buried secrets have been unearthed; old mysteries are finally unraveling; and what lies at the center of it all has the potential to rock the realm of Heroes to its very foundation.
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By Mike on 05-07-18
A Great conclusion but felt a little forced
First off, I should say, I LOVE this series and this book is a satisfying conclusion to the saga in many ways. Kyle McCarley's performance is excellent, probably his best yet. There's no more of the mechanical "said Vince" and "exclaimed Chad" sentence separators that plagued the first 2 books and the whole performance is engrossing.
The reason I made this 4 stars instead of 5 is the ending (or probably the last quarter). I won't go into details to avoid spoilers, but I will say that it felt like the author was desperate to force in characters from the other series when there was a great opportunity to hint towards the wider hero world not discussed in these books. One character forced in from Corpies in particular seems ridiculous.
All that said, it is a great story and it's good to finally find out all the hero names and who graduated.
Also, 1 credit for a 60 hour book is a bargain! Just be prepared to not sleep for a while as it's too damn addictive!
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By Jared on 11-07-18
Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?
Before I go on what might end up being a massive tangent, this series is possibly my all time favorite I have ever read/listened to and I am quite literally unable to express in words how highly I want to praise this book. Buy it, read it and enjoy the ride.
~Tangent mode engage~
I have always loved Drew Hayes works. It has gotten to the point where if I see a book from him I don't even look at the book summery, I just get it because I simply know it is going to be good. Its how I picked up the first installment of this series. Two years ago I saw a preorder for a book labeled "Super Powereds Year 1" I got it and the next day when it was available for download I went to work as usual and started listening as I worked at the daily grind. The book was 26 hours long and I think I finished that book in three days. Meeting Vince, Roy, Hershel, Mary, and Nick, learning about their powers and fears. Seeing them overcome that first year had me hooked more than I could have ever expected. And Drew could not have picked a better narrator than Kyle McCarley, with his range of voices breathing life into each character.
When the second book came along I vividly remember getting angry because I hadn't known it was out yet and started listening to it a few days after the fact. But as soon as I had seen it, another credit was quickly shelled out and the story developed more. The class was smaller, but here and there some familiar faces were around outside of the main circle that I could remember. I was growing to know the class of lander and each power was getting interesting applications. Hell, Drew managed to make the day to day drama between student interesting even when bombshells weren't dropping. In no time at all the 32 hour book had sped along and ended on me leaving me waiting for the next installment.
Just shy of a year and I had the next book. Now things were getting intense. The training was ramping up and plots deepening. It was about halfway through that book that I realized that I had gotten to the point I was remembering each students powers and names. I suppose that might be a simple thing but to just see someone mention one of the other minor characters, and not even need a moment to think about who their talking about with a cast this expansive is an impressive feat in my opinion at least. Every character was becoming familiar, adding to the story in different ways. With each book getting longer you would think it might last longer, but every time the books felt like they were getting devoured faster.
Corpies came out next, and even with me normally hating side stories, I was drawn into the adventures with Titan and couldn't stop from loving the book. It was so good I would have followed any of the characters if Drew went all out and did a spinoff book of a spinoff book.
One more year passed before this book came out. A new job has me unable to listen to books nearly as long as I used to. Even so, bit by bit I chipped away at this 60 hour monster of a finale. Plots came together and schemes were resolved. With a cast this large I can only even think of one plot thread that wasn't completely and entirely wrapped up and resolved one way or another. That is not to be taken as a detraction either, if anything I mean it as a massive complement to Drew. Almost nothing felt forgotten. When this book came to a close and the epilogue mentions a 10 year jump I felt genuine sadness. Not for the way things ended, which was simply amazing, but because with an ending like this I doubt we will be seeing another installment in this series. This world that Drew has made and these characters will always have a cherished place in my heart.
All of that and the most wonderful thing about it?
Not counting the time I have spent re listening to this series, or playing a bit of the first one to hook in a friend to try the books out, this series is easily 180 hours. That is over 7 and a half days of my life I have spent with these books. Now that its over, I look back on them all and smile remembering the highs and lows. Great memories of the truly epic battles and the mundane moments that charmed me. And I find myself reaching over for my phone to download the first book once more.
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By C. White on 03-07-18
60 hours of Super Powered goodness still ain't enough!
I don't know if you can call this a non-bias review considering, I devoured the hardback edition months ago, I pre-ordered the audio version, downloaded it the moment it became available on its release date, and then promptly put in a marathon listening session to complete the book... To say that I'm a Drew Hayes fanboy would be an understatement. With that said, I did fully enjoy the book. Unlike so many series conclusions, not only was "Year 4" a satisfying conclusion to this series, it was nothing less than epic! The unraveling of the conspiracy was truly a captivating work of inspired and well conceived story telling. As much as I enjoyed the book, it feels a bit odd to say that even at a run time of 60 hours, I still felt that it was a bit rushed (I felt that some of the interpersonal relationship development between some of the characters was sacrificed to keep the story a bit more streamlined). I did really enjoy a few little side plots that were thrown in (diving deeper into the "company" that Mr Transport and Mr Numbers work for was a great touch, and the reveal of yet another secret family connection was a shocker). As with the pervious books, Drew Hayes masterfully crafts witty commentary and logical character actions into a story plot that has clearly been planed since he first put pin to paper way back in "Super Powers: Year 1". I also feel compelled to give a tip of the hat to Kyle McCarley's superb narration. Given the huge number of characters contained within this story, I was continuously amazed by his ability to add a nuanced and unique voice performance to each of the many characters. Simply put... even a casual fan of the "Super Powered" series will be well satisfied with its conclusion, and more than likely will find themselves as much of a raving fanboy as I am. Welcome to the club!
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