You can call us Heroics.
young adult novel by Alex Kost
that follows a team of teenage superheroes dealing with anti-vigilante businesspeople
who begin kidnapping people with powers.
Three characters represent three sections of the plot:
The book is actually the first in a series of novels set in the same universe, the rest of which have no set release date yet.
The Character Sheet
can be found here
- Abusive Parents: Wechsler absolutely is. Alice is as well if you consider the clones to be her children. Stephanie is probably at least emotionally abusive.
- Action Girl: Kate, Lori, Kara, Cass, and Alix are the main examples.
- Adults Are Useless: Averted. The kids complain about the adult team of heroes not helping them enough, but it's pretty clear that they are still out fighting crime. Also, while not all that great at mediating the team, the adults who are a part of Heroics do both help and put effort into helping the children in their care.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Despite no one supposedly knowing where the Heroics base is, there sure are an awful lot of people in it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Casey and Zach have it in spades. Word of God says that they were introduced by hookup before Zach became the liaison.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: What happens to anyone with a control band put on them by Wechsler and Cage. The worst part is that they're perfectly aware of the fact that they're trying to kill fellow heroes, but they can't stop themselves.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Pretty much everyone in Heroics is an orphan. All of the kids are. That's how they all ended up together.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much everyone, but especially Cass.
- Kid Hero: All of the Heroics heroes are between 13 and 17 years old.
- Shipper on Deck: Literally everyone for Cass/AJ, who won't admit that they're already together.
- Shout-Out: All of the Alumni and Heroics field team members are named after comic book superheroes with similar powers. This was done on purpose in-universe.
- Casey and Stephanie Cabot are named after Casey Novak and Alex Cabot (played by Stephanie March), both of Law & Order: SVU. This was also done on purpose in-universe.
- Tess Cassidy is named after Tess Mercer (as played by Cassidy Freeman) from Smallville. Alex Kost has been adamant that similarities between the characters themselves were completely coincidental, in fact the character was created nameless and then given the name long before Kost even realized how many things they had in common.
- World of Snark