Super Nobody (Alphas and Omegas Book 1)

Rated 4.82/5 based on 12 reviews
Michael is just an ordinary, average, normal, every day middle schooler in the perfect town of Lincolnshire, a town that happens to have more superheroes per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. What could possibly go wrong, surrounded by so many people who could destroy the town with a snap of their fingers? More
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About Brent Meske

Brent is a husband, father, teacher, writer, and sometimes artist living in Seoul Korea, originally from Detroit, Michigan. Brent reads Stephen King, Brandon Mull, Jim Butcher, and a hundred others. You should too.

Lately Brent's been all over the place: designing book covers both E and print, editing up books, and reviewing for AIA (awesome indies, look them up). It's an exciting time to be a writer.

*If you're like me and you don't like to be cheated, please don't use Authorhouse.com. In fact, since finding Smashwords I intend to republish 'Breaking Benjamin' in its entirety here soon enough, and I'm also looking for a print publisher, if you'd like to have one on an actual bookshelf.

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Review by: Danya Jones on March 26, 2014 :
This was a pretty easy read: in fact, I read it in a single day. About 6 or 8 hours, I'd guess. It's been awhile since the I last read a modern book for young adults. (Was the last one The Knife of Never Letting Go?) This may have contributed to how quickly I fell into this book, but it was definitely enjoyable and compelling.

The writing itself is effective and well-edited. There are some nice turns of phrase and metaphor throughout, like this beautifully horrifying bit that conveys such an exact sensation: "In the middle of his chest, it felt as though something large and spiky was shifting around, until it reached the bottom of his stomach. It settled down there and had an uncomfortable nap." There's an informality to the writing voice that suits its middle-school protagonist.

The main character, Michael Washington, is fairly likable and very relateable. In the opening segment of the novel, he has retreated into books to survive the horrors of a fifth grade without friends. My middle school years were remarkably and sadly similar, so it resonated with me, though I didn't recognize all of the book references. With a few exceptions to be noted below, I believed in his emotional turmoils, his flaws and strengths. I laughed wryly when a new character was introduced and he reacted primarily with irritation at being distracted from his books. Charlotte was charming, though a bit reminiscent of Spinelli's Stargirl or other Manic Pixie Dream Girls, and I was happy for Michael (even if he wasn't at first).

I enjoyed the pacing, as we were wrapped up in Michael's middle school experience, and the greater world took some time to emerge as very radically different from our own. Minor spoiler alert here: this book is very much about superhumans. It takes some time for that to be obvious in the narrative, which I though worked well. And it's a fairly interesting take on superhumans and their collective effect on the world- the impression I had was almost post-apocalyptic, with our primary city setting a holdout of order. I am quite curious to see more of the world in later installments.

However, there were a few hiccups in my enjoyment. A rather smallish but persistent issue for me were the self-conscious references to "the past." Charlotte, being a super-retro groovy music fan, was a particular source of historical awkwardness. The story is set some 30 or 50 years into the future, and although it was somewhat amusing, I definitely felt that there were too many references to our last decade (2000-2010). It took me out of the story, and I found it a bit distracting. Perhaps the target young adult audience will take that in better stride.

The greater difficulty I had with the book was in the relationship Michael has with his parents. As the plot develops, we see more of the conspiracy (or even conspiracies) beneath the picket-fenced surface of Michael's world, and his parents are a definite part of it. It was fascinating, but I kept expecting more outrage from our protagonist. Aside from a flare-up with his grandfather, Michael never directly confronts his parents-- not even in his own head. I found that alienating, though perhaps I biased myself with an overly paranoid theory regarding what was going on. But even so, his parents are extremely unfair towards him, and it's confusing that he doesn't seem to really resent that.

However, I very much look forward to reading the next book in the series, Super Anybody. Will my paranoid theorizing be vindicated? I don't know, but I anticipate some interesting deconstructions of superheroes as related by a likeable and believable viewpoint character, and that's more than reason for me to pick it up.
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Review by: Sheri Wilkinson on Nov. 23, 2013 :
Super Nobody (Alphas and Omegas, #1) by Brent Meske

Michael is an average kid, that is until he finds out what is happening in his school. Him and some other kids have superpowers. A fun read. Michael was very likable, I loved the story line, it had a perfect mix of drama and adventure. I highly recommend to Middle school , Y/A and adult readers. I really enjoyed Super Nobody. I loo forward to more in the series.
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Review by: Kristen Booth on Nov. 18, 2013 :
5 stars! Awesome read.
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Review by: Kristen Booth on Nov. 18, 2013 : (no rating)
Great book! Easy reading and great message in the book. Whether you like super heroes or not, this is a book you won't be able to put down. The main character differs from most super hero books by not actually being a super hero. Michael is just an average kid trying to get through life and I think a lot of people can relate to that.
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Review by: Guy Geaux on Oct. 07, 2013 :
I don't read a lot of YA books, but this has shown to me that I probably should. I wrote one of my own a while back and got a few nibbles from agents, got really excited, and then it sort of flitted into nothing. After reading Brent's book, I feel like I have a better idea of what I was doing, prose-wise, that I could do better. Keep trucking, man!
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Review by: Reena Yadav on Sep. 25, 2013 :
This is the second book I have read by Brent Meske. I liked his first book, 'Bagged in Korea'. This story revolves around Michael, a boy constantly picked on during his school days. I liked how Brent portrays Michael as your average neighbourhood kid who doensn't realise that he is an Active and is capable of Activating those around him in a town full of individuals who each have their own superpowers. This book is well written with excellent characterization. I look forward to reading Super Anybody and to the teacher who chose this book for his 1,300 students in Sunnyside School, it is a great pick!
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Review by: Damian Stevenson on Sep. 02, 2013 :
This is the second book I have read by Brent Meske. I loved 'Bagged in Korea' which was a completely different genre to this book. I know readers dont typically like to 'genre hop' but I highly recommend reading 'Bagged.' This book centers around a town populated by superheroes named 'Actives' and is told from the POV of a middle schooler. The character of Michael makes for a great guide through this fun story that reminded my of the Pixar film 'The Incredibles' and the TV show 'Heroes' (only with more wit). A highly readable book. That's two for two with this author. Awesome!
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Review by: Dionne Washington on Aug. 30, 2013 :
Wow! What can I say. But Super Nobody was something I couldn't stop reading even if I told myself I would stop at certain chapter. The end of the chapter and I kept reading.

Funny wasn't that about me? In my opinion Super Nobody is up there with Harry Potter and David Eddings' books, and from me, that's saying something. Since those are my favorite books and author.

Great work on creating such a book that totally riveted me in its 'pages'.
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Review by: E.L. Farris on Aug. 26, 2013 :
As a work of sci/fi fantasy that will appeal to both young readers and adults looking for a quick and enjoyable read, Brent Meske's novel Super Nobody hits its stride on all cylinders. I kept thinking of series like Harry Potter when I flipped through Meske's Super Nobody: similar target audience, similar type of likable protagonist, and similar crossover from kid to adult readers.

When I sat down to write this review, I had to pause, because this is not the usual type of book I read and review. Usually I read literary fiction . . . and for sure, this book is not intended as such. It is, however, well-written, with charming characterizations and a nicely-structured plot. Speaking of the plot, Super Nobody follows a traditional three act format, as the lead character Michael battles other super-antagonists in a town filled with "Actives," or people who possess some sort of superpower. It reminded me of the TV show Heroes, actually. Given the fast-paced plotting and well-formed characters, I'm comfortable giving Super Nobody five stars, as judged by the category in which it belongs.

My favorite character in Super Nobody is the supporting character, Charlotte, who is a music aficionado. She changes her style on an almost weekly basis . . . one week, she may look like an 80's hair band rocker; another week, like a member of the band Weezer. She provides both comic relief and a romantic interest for the cute main character, Michael.

And Michael? He's an ordinary kid who ends up doing some extraordinary things.

E.L. Farris
Note: I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Review by: Pamela Cummins on Aug. 21, 2013 :
This eBook is for all those who are young at heart, like me! Brent Meske weaves an exciting, fun, and a creative tale. Whoo Hoo for heroes!
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Review by: Richard Moore on Aug. 11, 2013 :
This was a book that I wouldn't normally read but thought I would give it a shot and found it to be quite entertaining and creative. There is a fair amount of suspenseful moments coupled with humor which I found really fun to read. There were a few typos I found in the book but nothing major. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading fantasy style books. I do look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Review by: Erin Zarro on July 28, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book, even though it's a bit different from what I normally read. I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The book centers around this town that has superheroes in it called Actives. Our main character, Michael, meets a mysterious girl named Charlotte who disappears. And his parents are not being completely honest with him about who -- and what -- they are. There's a conspiracy and fight scenes and a mystery about what Michael's powers might be.

The book ended a bit abruptly but I understand it's book 1 of a series, so no big deal.

I really enjoyed learning about everyone's special abilities. One fight scene is really memorable for its...unusual ending. It's really cool and brilliant.

There's also a fight between the good guys and the bad guys -- Alphas and Omegas. I can't wait to see how that plays out in future books.
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