Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are some recommendations for good books with superpowers? All my life I've wished for some sort of transportation superpower or time-saving superpower, but I recently read the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer, and now I really want Sketch's superpower. What about you? What are some fun powers you've read about, and which book are they from?
My capstone professor recommended a book called Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It sounded really interesting because a person's powers in the fantasy realm are connected to "quirks" in the real world. This led to a really interesting discussion about what our superpowers would be in the fantasy realm... I haven't figured out what my specific quirks are or how they'd be useful in a fantasy realm, but I guess I'd make a pretty good witch. I could make magical food and potions to restore health or provide small boosts.
Would this be a complete Board answer pertaining to books without a recommendation for Brandon Sanderson thrown in? I didn't think so. Seriously, all his books portray really interesting (at least to me) takes on super powers. Another author whose take on super powers/magical systems (which are pretty closely entwined in my estimation--it comes down to semantics for how they're termed) I love is Charlie Holmberg.
Dear ZZ Top,
I wholeheartedly second Anathema's Sanderson reccomendation. I love his magic systems so flipping much.
I also really like how the powers are portrayed in the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore. Some people in the population are born with eyes that are two different colors, which marks them as having a grace. When they're still young, they're sent to court to figure out their grace and whether the king will keep them at court. They can be as disparate as cooking or killing. Also, the different eye colors aren't always super obvious, meaning that some are able to hide their grace. I found it really interesting and enjoyable to read!