Steelheart is the latest by Brandon Sanderson, who wrote another popular series starter,The Rithmatist, last year; in this book, the world is run by Epics, ordinary people who gained superhero-like powers in the wake of a global explosion called the Calamity. But just because they have superhero powers doesn’t mean they’re good. The one called Steelheart killed David’s father ten years ago, and he wants to join the Reckoners, a group of people whose sole mission is to wipe out the Epics. The opening scene is brutal, but if you like that, you’re going to be hooked into this series.
Here are some other books featuring supervillains, guerilla warfare, and teens pushed to the breaking point.
The Vindico, by Wesley King
When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.
After his plane is shot down by Hitler’s Luftwaffe, nineteen-year-old Henry Forester of Richmond, Virginia, strives to walk across occupied France, with the help of the French Resistance, in hopes of rejoining his unit.
The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau
Sixteen-year-old Cia Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.