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Review: We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

I’ve been a longtime fan of Mike Chen. He’s able to infuse unique ideas with endearing characters and fast paced action. We Could Be Heroes is no exception. A story about choosing who we want to be and friendship, We Could Be Heroes is perfect for superhero fans! Keep reading this book review to see what else I loved about We Could Be Heroes.


An emotional adventure about two misfits who have extraordinary powers, but have forgotten who they were before. The vigilante and the villain must team up to stop a mad scientist who threatens the city, while trying to figure out who they really are.

Jamie woke up two years ago in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to who he might be, and also with the power to read other people’s memories. In the meantime, he’s become the Mind Robber, holding up banks for quick cash. Similarly, Zoe is searching for her past, and using her new extraordinary abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And occasionally beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.

When the two meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize they are each other’s best chance at discovering what happened to them. The quest will take them deep into a medical conspiracy that is threatening to spill out and wreak havoc on their city, and maybe the country. As the two get past their respective barriers, they’ll realize that their friendship is the thing that gives them the greatest power.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

We Could Be Heroes is a book that breezed by while reading. Fast paced action and well balanced, We Could Be Heroes is a story that, if you like superheros, will captivate you. It has almost a cinematic feel and I could easily imagine it as a mini series. But what I loved the most about this book was the ways Jamie and Zoe aren’t your typical super powered humans. They are a bit of a mess, like us. Wanting to lie on the beach, drinking a bit too much, being a cat person and all.

They’re very much figuring out not only themselves, but their futures. And, at the same time, they’re not your typical hero or villain. Which is kind of the point. Chen makes it clear that while we may have superpowers, it’s what we choose to do with them that impacts the role we take on with the world. How it’s all a matter of perspective, framing, and choices. I loved reading about the evolution of both Zoe and Jamie, all while discovering even more to them as they book progressed.

In We Could Be Heroes we are asked if we are the sum of our past, or defined by what we do with the present moments. In our search for the past, will we let it change who we have chosen to be. It’s also a book that celebrates friendship, what we will do for the people we love, and what we will do to find the truth. Find We Could Be Heroes on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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