Hardcover, 400 pages

Published May 29, 2018 by Tor Books.

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5 stars (1 review)

Victor breaks out of prison with the help of a young girl with great abilities to find his college roommate, when he discovers that their thesis about how adrenaline, near-death experiences, and supernatural events can make someone gain extraordinary abilities under the right conditions is being used by his college friend.

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I loved this book! The premise was very interesting to me, playing with the superheroes trope. How about having a world with superheroes in it, in this case people called EOs, extra-ordinaries. How about those EOs not actually being good guys, but also not your stereotypical superhero-villain? Or maybe they are? Hard to tell, that's how grey the characters are.

Though there are differing PoVs, we spend most of our time with Victor Vale, an arrogant, intelligent college student at a fictitious college. He and his roommate Eli excel at everything they touch, but Eli is the shining star. It is Eli who wants to write a thesis on EOs being the result of a near-death experience. Victor doesn't want to be outclassed by Eli and suggests they try their own near-death experience, which ultimately ruins their friendship forever...

So who's the hero in this story, and who's the villain? …