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Book Review: “Powerless”

Book Review: Powerless

Powerless is a young adult fantasy book that will soon become part of a trilogy. Lauren Roberts first started writing this book at the age of eighteen and finally published it in 2023. She was able to publish it because of all the support she received on TikTok. And now, Roberts is working on completing this trilogy. 

Powerless takes place in a world where people called Elites possess powers. However, a select few people don’t possess any power and because of this, they are hunted. They are called Ordinarys. The main character, Paedyn, is an Ordinary but she has to hide it for fear of being killed. When she gains the attention of the kingdom, she is thrown into the Purging Trials, a cruel competition used to showcase the power of the Elites. If the trials don’t kill her, the prince will if he discovers the truth about Paedyn. 

So far this book is one of my favorites this year. The concept is familiar enough to other books but also has its differences. I loved Roberts’ writing. Her writing was so easy to get swept into the world she created. She created some noteworthy quotes, especially between the two main characters–their banter was beautifully written. What had me on the edge of my seat was the ending, though. It was a cliffhanger that has me impatiently waiting for the next book to be released. I gave this book five stars on Goodreads because it’s always on my mind, it was an enjoyable read, and I cannot wait for the rest of the books to be published.

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Keira Burress, Student Writer
My name is Keira Burress. I’m a freshman and it’s my first year writing for The Gull. I mostly write book review articles in the hopes of inspiring people to read more. I love my two German Shepherds. When I’m not spending time with them, I can be found reading or writing. One day I hope to be a bestselling author of fictional books where people can find comfort in my stories like how I’ve found comfort in others.

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