The Synthesis (Powerless #1)

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Mira Ipswich couldn't have ever known the startling difference that separates her from the rest of humanity. But when she discovers a strange anomaly in the midst of her seclusion, her parents are forced to reveal she exists in a world where everyone is imbued with a wondrous natural gift. Everyone except herself that is. Accompany Mira as her attempts to fit in among peers and understand her inconceivable condition embroil her with the dangerous forces threatening her homeland. Protected by nothing more than her...
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Overview

Mira Ipswich couldn't have ever known the startling difference that separates her from the rest of humanity. But when she discovers a strange anomaly in the midst of her seclusion, her parents are forced to reveal she exists in a world where everyone is imbued with a wondrous natural gift. Everyone except herself that is. Accompany Mira as her attempts to fit in among peers and understand her inconceivable condition embroil her with the dangerous forces threatening her homeland. Protected by nothing more than her imagination and ingenuity, you'll never find a superhero more like you.

The first book in the Powerless series is the tale of Mira's turbulent and perilous entry into the world around her. And once she's a part of it, nothing will ever be the same again.

Edited by Chuck Wightman, the story is already raking in the awards. It's won the Webb Weaver 2010 Writer's Competition, the judges proclaiming they were "entranced by the writer's ability to bring together this unlikely group of kids," and that the book could "be a hit in the YA book world." The story is a roller-coaster ride filled with lots to discover in an ever-expanding world, a set of diverse characters, and their deepest hopes and aspirations. If you like stories with plenty of dramatic twists and spirited intensity, it'll have you falling in love with a brand new series and begging for more!

Powerless: The Synthesis is approximately 89,000 words long.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Duperre
This is an innocent book and we should understand that as the volumes build and the characters grow older, the product will become darker and more adult. This is why the early books - or episodes - of these particular series should be cherished. Though they grew and reached exciting and satisfactory endings, there is still, when one looks back, a sort of melancholy that emerges. We understand that we've known these characters since they were naïve and impressionable.
Heidi Sutherlin
There are so many things that impressed me about this story. The imagery is lush and expands along with Mira's perception of her world. The characters are flawed, endearing, infuriating at times and very human. They too become more vivid as Mira learns to understand the complex behaviors of her peers. There is tremendous emotional growth as the group of young people move through their last year of schooling. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this story is it's gender neutral premise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453869895
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/13/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    Good find

    I really enjoyed this book. I found myself picking up my kindle to read more when I should have been doing other things. The concept was unique to me and I look forward to Mira's next adventures.

    I would like to see a bit more character development in the next novel as I didn't find myself attached to some of the supporting characters I believe will take on a larger role going forward, but the story more than made up for it. Hopefully we'll learn a little more about her classmates during her travels.

    Additionally, I forget where I read the review, but someone mentioned the characters behaviors and ages don't match up and I have to agree. To me, they feel 2-3 years younger than the 15-16 years they are in the book. That said, it didn't take away from the storyline for me.

    I eagerly await book two and am interested to see how Jason's career develops. Wonderful first novel.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Once again, knowledge is power!

    As we are introduced to Mira, we see that she lives quite the sheltered life with her parents. For being overly protected, she is quite imaginative, scientific and is 'gifted' with the ability for making gadgets. When her parents decide it is time for her to grow and attend school, Mira slowly learns to stand on her own in a world like nothing she imagined. All but Mira have their own special ability which will help them for the upcoming war. Mira is overwhelmed by not having her own power for the obstacles to come from school and for what is waiting in her future.
    Jason Letts has created a very interesting world of magic and power, while at the same time truly symbolizing the desire to be accepted by our peers. While Mira does not have her power, she does indeed have her truly unique gift that puts her at the head of the class. I really enjoyed reading this captivating tale and I am ready to pick up where I was left hanging!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Great series, a must-read

    This and the other 2 books that are out right now are great. I "stumbled" upon Jason Letts when I saw that Amanda Hocking had edited the first in his "Inevitable" trilogy. I became a huge fan of Amanda Hocking when I first got my nook, and promptly read all of her books that were available. Once I read "Inevitable", I went searching for more of his work, and I found the Powerless series. Being a fan of the paranormal genre, I found this book refreshingly different from other books of the same genre, and I could not put it down. I read all three available books in this series in 3 days, and I anxiously await Book 4, which should be out any day now.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Heartwrenching

    I loved this book! It starts off slow but stick with it and you will enjoy it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Amazing!!

    I love this book! The only thing i didnt like was the ending. It was rushed and kind of hard to keep up with. But otherwise its a great book!! Great characters, plot, everything. I totally recomend reading it!! And 99?? Cant beat that(;

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Brave New World

    I recently read Powerless: The Synthesis on my Kindle for iphone app, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will admit up front that I am a sucker for all things superhero. Flying people? Let me at it! Super-human strength? I'll read it! Telekinesis? Yes, please! Uncontrollable sweat with the consistency of Crisco? Um... Control and mastery over grubs and earthworms? Yikes!! No, this is not your typical comic-book superhero storyline. Jason Letts (who, by the way, is an immensely funny guy and a blast to chat with online) has created a world where EVERYBODY receives a super power upon birth. Some are lucky, and get the "nifty" powers like strength, speed, or mind control. Many get not-so-nifty powers like really bendy thumb or the ability to communicate with grapenuts. Still, the main character, Mira Ipswitch, is the unluckiest of all. She has NO power whatsoever. Because of this, her parents had kept her sheltered from the rest of the world for her pre-teenage years. Finally revealing the truth, they let her attend her Senior year of school, where she has to use her intelligence and natural abilities to fit in with her suspicious classmates. All of this is set in a world that seems very primitive. You would think with everyone having superpowers, there would be teeming metropolises, mega-transportation centers, and an intricate governing body. Instead, the world Mira is awakened to consists of an outpost, little more than an encampment, really, governed by one town elder who hears all. This is book 1 in a 5-part series, and the ending does indeed set the stage well for a second act. Anyone looking for a fun new Young Adult series would do well to check out Powerless. Especially since it's only 99 cents on the Nook!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    A Great Twist!

    This book is about a girl who lives on a world where everyone has a power... except for her. Mira has to rely on her brains, rather than some supernatural power. I enjoyed reading how she got herself into scrapes and then figured out how to get herself out of them. The book was well written, my only complaint was the point of view switching. Sometimes it was hard to figure out whose head we were in. But that was the only thing I didn't like. The author painted the world in detail, and I enjoyed getting lost in this story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Review by Queenie

    15 year old Mira has never gone to school, never went for a walk (except for her small yard) never seen any kids, or anyone, for that matter (only her parents) and has no idea on what's on the other side of the mist wall. She's lonely and feels aggrivated and trapped. One day, though, her parents tell her that there is another world out there. Mira finds out that everyone has some kind of power, including her parents. This amazes her, but she can't help feeling left out when her parents tell her that she has no power. Join Mira as she learns new things each day with her new (and selfish as well as rude) classmates and finds out the secret on the reason why she has no power. Is full of adventure and action. No foul language at all that I could see (thank God). Some violance, but nothing too bad. Has 590 pg.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    This really wasn't very intriguing to me. It was more of a teen

    This really wasn't very intriguing to me. It was more of a teen read. The storyline was just ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Synthesis, powerless

    Boring for an adult. The young people which it was written for might enjoy it. I love reading young people novels if they are interesting and keep my attention. This one didn't. I will not read the next book. Valleygerl

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Good book

    It starts off a bit slow, but then picks up. I like the concept of a world where everyone has a gift, so what does someone with no gift do? Definitely worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    From the book summary I really thought I was going to enjoy this

    From the book summary I really thought I was going to enjoy this story a lot, but sadly, I didn’t enjoy it at all. The plot is full of holes and rife with inconsistencies, the story bored me to tears and it’s clear from the vast amounts of grammar errors that this was a first draft which wasn’t revised. I really, really wanted to enjoy this story, but from start to end I just couldn’t get into it, and there were few to no explanations for most of the characters’ motivations. Too much telling and too little showing, too much narrative and no character development – the list is endless. In my opinion the idea for this book has lots of potential and with the guidance of a professional editor, it can easily become a bestseller. Unfortunately, I won’t be reading the rest of this series. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Great book

    Not just for young adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Solid coming-of-age story

    Not all superpowers are created equal. For every soaring Superman there is an Aquaman, ordering the starfish to do his bidding. Four of Captain Planet's planeteers get elemental powers, while one has the nebulous power of "Heart". But in a world where every known person has some extraordinary gift on the sliding scale of usefulness, Mira Ipswich has no powers at all. For almost her whole life, her parents have kept her sequestered in Cloud Cottage so that none of the other superbeings crush or maim her by accident. But finally when Mira's fifteen, her parents decide to let her out into the world, and though they think it'll be a miracle if she survives for any length of time, they're tired of forcing her to live a lie. She's got to live on her own power, however limited that might be.

    Mira's a Hermione sort of character, with a bit of action heroine thrown in. While she lived inside the cloud shield, Mira's mom taught her at home and Mira herself read science textbooks and manuals on mechanics for fun. As a result of her study, she's a million times smarter than the superpowered kids she meets when she enrolls at Dustfalls Academy. At first, she just answers all the teacher's questions (and gives him some information even he didn't know), but soon she's really putting her knowledge to work in various challenges that pit the students against each other in skill matches. Mira has a surprising advantage over the other students simply because they're so used to relying on their powers, it makes them highly vulnerable to anybody who thinks outside the box. Mira later realizes that she can use her smarts not just to defeat the others, but to show them how to improve themselves and maximize their powers.

    I only had a few difficulties with the story. The mix of genre styles was interesting, but at times it could be distracting: there are contemporary names (Mira's parents are Kevin and Jeana) and the language used is pretty current, but the townships have a slightly medieval feel, and the superhero-style powers shown could belong to either an alternate present or futuristic story. The omniscient POV helps show a major subplot with Mira's dad trying to find out who's trying to hurt Mira and why, and allows insight into other characters' actions, but I liked it best when it was focusing on Mira, since she's the heart of the story.

    I appreciated the thought-provoking subject matter of The Synthesis. In a world where everyone is special, does that mean that no one is? In some ways, yes, but there are always going to be some gifts that are flashier than others, and those people are valued more-Mira's teacher even labels the kids as "good" or "bad" students based on their ability to beat other kids at power challenges. Mira throws the social dynamic off-kilter and introduces some new ideas. Early on, I wondered if interacting with only her parents for ten years might have done unusual things to Mira's personality, and it sort of has: she has trouble connecting and making friends until she tackles the lack-of-friends issue like she would handle any other problem and works out the possible solutions.

    With strong family themes, action scenes involving superpowers, a war being fought in the distance, and a heroine who doesn't back down even when she feels defeated, The Synthesis is a creative story that should work well for younger teens and fans of Harry Potter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    My name is Kat Musgrave and i think. . .

    I think the writer could have had ben more createve with the book but never ever judge a book by its cover love kat anne musgrave love the book by the way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Jz

    Good book, with a lot of feeling and action and humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    i love this book and hate it at the same time

    It's a great book ang it's free but it has long usless stories just extra stories that have nothing to do with anything and now i have to pay for the next 4 books :(

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