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TESTING DAY IS COMING. The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (DNA regulars) and superpowered Supergenics now live separately from each other—the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City; the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But some dreg parents bear Supergenic children; TESTING DAY IS COMING. The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (DNA regulars) and superpowered Supergenics now live separately from each other—the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City; the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But some dreg parents bear Supergenic children; under repressive laws, they must be sent to live with their own kind. THEY ARE GEN M. To find these special few, every teen faces Testing Day. When her turn comes, socially isolated Caitlin Feral is determined to Manifest powers like the heroes in the comic book propaganda she loves. If she fails, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and drudgery in the boroughs. How much is Caitlin willing to sacrifice to be a supergirl? When she uncovers dark secrets, does she dare start another war to reveal the truth? And…who will pay the price? Find out in Generation Manifestation “A teenager must determine where her true alliances rest in Generation Manifestation, a dark dystopian novel directed by tough choices and earned wisdom … with heartrending twists.” —Foreword Clarion Review (4/5 rating) “A richly realized dystopian world that reads like The Hunger Games meets X-Men.” —Ryan Porter, The Toronto Star By the award-winning, bestselling author (previously published as I Want Superpowers) New Apple Literary Award winner Gen M: Book 1; the adventure starts here Strong, conflicted female protagonist Neurodiversity LGBTQ positive Love-story light


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TESTING DAY IS COMING. The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (DNA regulars) and superpowered Supergenics now live separately from each other—the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City; the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But some dreg parents bear Supergenic children; TESTING DAY IS COMING. The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (DNA regulars) and superpowered Supergenics now live separately from each other—the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City; the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But some dreg parents bear Supergenic children; under repressive laws, they must be sent to live with their own kind. THEY ARE GEN M. To find these special few, every teen faces Testing Day. When her turn comes, socially isolated Caitlin Feral is determined to Manifest powers like the heroes in the comic book propaganda she loves. If she fails, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and drudgery in the boroughs. How much is Caitlin willing to sacrifice to be a supergirl? When she uncovers dark secrets, does she dare start another war to reveal the truth? And…who will pay the price? Find out in Generation Manifestation “A teenager must determine where her true alliances rest in Generation Manifestation, a dark dystopian novel directed by tough choices and earned wisdom … with heartrending twists.” —Foreword Clarion Review (4/5 rating) “A richly realized dystopian world that reads like The Hunger Games meets X-Men.” —Ryan Porter, The Toronto Star By the award-winning, bestselling author (previously published as I Want Superpowers) New Apple Literary Award winner Gen M: Book 1; the adventure starts here Strong, conflicted female protagonist Neurodiversity LGBTQ positive Love-story light

30 review for Generation Manifestation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sagan

    I LOVED THIS! I received it from the author in exchange for an honest review and it's on my list of the best books I've ever read. I am so happy that I found such a series to look forward to! Do you know how difficult it is to find a good dystopian book about people with superpowers?! * You have this story of a post-apocalyptic world, divided between the Supergenics (those who have superpowers) and the dregs (those who don’t), basically our own world (even though it’s not specifically said so, but I LOVED THIS! I received it from the author in exchange for an honest review and it's on my list of the best books I've ever read. I am so happy that I found such a series to look forward to! Do you know how difficult it is to find a good dystopian book about people with superpowers?! * You have this story of a post-apocalyptic world, divided between the Supergenics (those who have superpowers) and the dregs (those who don’t), basically our own world (even though it’s not specifically said so, but this is how it felt like) a few years after The Genetic Wars that left the world in ruins. When the first superpowers manifested, people were afraid and killed and tortured those who possessed them. In the end the Supergenics won (finally, a story where the superpowered people aren't the oppressed minority, but the ruling class). * First of all, it’s unpredictable. You have this story and you think you know what is going to happen, but you have no idea how many times my predictions were wrong. * Second, the characters were so cool! * Third, I loved reading about the Supergenics, about their city, about their life! I would read their shopping list and their socks label if I could! Everything about them was so interesting and I hope the sequel will have more information about them! The Supergenics = The Epics in Steelheart. * I would love to see a prequel! And I can’t wait to read the sequel!! I will end this with a quote. A part of it is a huge spoiler so please don’t read it unless you’re super sure (I marked it). I can compare it with Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. And with Hunger Games. And with X-Men. * A lot of people think love is that wild feeling they get in their belly when they see or think about or touch that other person. At least that’s how they’ve described it. I wouldn’t know. But I do know that isn’t love. That’s infatuation. This is love. When things get hard and ugly and the one you love stumbles under the weight, and you take it on yourself so that other person can keep going. My love for you has deepened over (view spoiler)[ many different lifetimes. You have no idea the adventures we have shared. The revolutions we have fought. The dark times you have seen me through (hide spoiler)] . My love for you is not the romantic kind. It runs so much deeper than that. You saved me from myself. Now I will do the same for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gali

    4.5⭐ I want to thank the author for sending me an ARC of 'Generation Manifestation' in exchange for an honest review! I'm a sucker for sci-fi books and movies, and so when I read sci-fi books/watch movies sometimes things can feel quite repetitive. But this book was very unique and I was so drawn to the plot. Every time I picked this book up I just couldn't stop reading it. Unfortunately I had many final exams so it took a while until I got the chance to discover how things ended. But I was so gla 4.5⭐ I want to thank the author for sending me an ARC of 'Generation Manifestation' in exchange for an honest review! I'm a sucker for sci-fi books and movies, and so when I read sci-fi books/watch movies sometimes things can feel quite repetitive. But this book was very unique and I was so drawn to the plot. Every time I picked this book up I just couldn't stop reading it. Unfortunately I had many final exams so it took a while until I got the chance to discover how things ended. But I was so glad when I finally did and was happy about the way it ended. The writing was incredible, the characters were well developed. There wasn't too much of the world building that sometimes makes books in those genres feel boring. There was a lot of action and the book ended up with a very exciting plot twist. I highly recommend this book for Sci-fi&Dystopia fans. Although this is a YA book, it feels to me like it could match to anyone who just looking for books with superpowers and heroes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ananya Bose

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really liked this book. One of the best things about this book was in the start I expected it to take the same beaten path. But it subverted my expectations. And I couldn't predict where the book was going next. It made me nostalgic as I read dystopia after a long time an made me go back to time I was introduced to that genre of books. The first half was a little slow but necessary since there had to be world building to be done but the second half made up for it. I wish the book was slight ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really liked this book. One of the best things about this book was in the start I expected it to take the same beaten path. But it subverted my expectations. And I couldn't predict where the book was going next. It made me nostalgic as I read dystopia after a long time an made me go back to time I was introduced to that genre of books. The first half was a little slow but necessary since there had to be world building to be done but the second half made up for it. I wish the book was slightly longer though. And I cant wait for the next book which would include the backstory of a certain supergenic. I received an ARC from the author, whom I would I like to thank. The review are my honest opinions

  4. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    The genetic wars that made waste of our world also changed some kids into superheros that live in Jupiter City and get the best of everything. The rest of the kids DNA regulars (DREGS) get tested periodically to make sure they are not manifesting some super power and if they are they are taken to Jupiter City to live with the rest of their kind. If not they get sorted into the jobs that need workers. Caitlin wants so badly to manifest and be like to superheroes in the comic books she loves so m The genetic wars that made waste of our world also changed some kids into superheros that live in Jupiter City and get the best of everything. The rest of the kids DNA regulars (DREGS) get tested periodically to make sure they are not manifesting some super power and if they are they are taken to Jupiter City to live with the rest of their kind. If not they get sorted into the jobs that need workers. Caitlin wants so badly to manifest and be like to superheroes in the comic books she loves so much, but how far will she go to become a superhero? This was a awesome coming of age in a desolate world story, where one ordinary girl just wants to stand out. This book is full of action and suspense but it is the twists that you need to watch out for. This book will not disappoint any reader, young, old, or reluctant, you will find yourself cheering for some of the bad guys. So give it a try I hope you will like it as much as I did.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Books of Cat

    Actual Rating: 4.5 ⭐️'s This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. This review is not affected by anything, it contains my true feelings. Actually, his novel arrived a week ago but I was in a reading slump. I was afraid to start reading. Then I changed my mind and read the first two chapters of I Want Superpowers. The minute I finished chapter two, I couldn't put it down. This book is about a dystopian world where Dregs (humans) and Supergenics (super powered people) live. They Actual Rating: 4.5 ⭐️'s This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. This review is not affected by anything, it contains my true feelings. Actually, his novel arrived a week ago but I was in a reading slump. I was afraid to start reading. Then I changed my mind and read the first two chapters of I Want Superpowers. The minute I finished chapter two, I couldn't put it down. This book is about a dystopian world where Dregs (humans) and Supergenics (super powered people) live. They share the same planet until the Genetic Wars. Dregs can have Supergenetic children. When children reach a certain age (13), they get tested for the next three years. The final testing day is the most important one, because they'll learn whether they have powers or not. If they pass, they will be taken away from their families to be given to their "original" supergenic families. Because it is believed that children's parents only give the seed for the egg. Pass or fail, either way it's pretty bad. The testing system is one of the cruelest things you can ever see. They try everything on children's body/mind to see if they have some kind of immunity. Mostly, they are tortured to die. There's no pity or humanity in the people who make the tests. The protagonist, Caitlin, is 16 and she will be tested for the last time. Her father is murdered by a protector. Her mother and little brother Nate are the only family she has. She wants to be a supergenic but also she's afraid to leave her family behind. She meets a telepath named Joshua before she got tested. He thinks she will be a legend and thats when her story begins. Caitlin knows what she wants. She is brave, strong, and determined. This is my definition of heroine. I loved the fact that she loves comic books. I always feel closer to a character when they like to read. Joshua's ability is telepathy. If I had to choose a super power, my first choice would be telepathy. He seemed so interested in with Caitlin and he thinks she's very special. I wish I could read more about Joshua because I loved him and I felt there could be something between him and Caitlin. The last couple of chapters had plot twists and I wasn't expecting them. I was shocked every time I learned something about the side characters. When I finished the last page, I had to close my eyes for a second and try to keep my mind together. I am not sure if it was an ending or a new beginning. This novel is a mixture of science,family, tradition, and society. Steven Bereznai created a unique dystopian world. Without a doubt, it is perfect for superhero fans! I am looking forward to read the new version of this amazingly written novel :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Books of Cat

    Rating: 5/5 ★’s I want to thank the author Steven Bereznai, for sending me copy of his novel for an honest review. This review is not affected by anything, it contains my true feelings. 🦸 You have to Manifest to be valuable. You're either a Supergenic or a dreg. Once you're past a certain age, you have to be tested 3 years in a row to see if you can Manifest. On the Testing days you're pushed to your limit. Tortured even worse if there are few Manifestations... What would you rather do? Manifest an Rating: 5/5 ★’s I want to thank the author Steven Bereznai, for sending me copy of his novel for an honest review. This review is not affected by anything, it contains my true feelings. 🦸 You have to Manifest to be valuable. You're either a Supergenic or a dreg. Once you're past a certain age, you have to be tested 3 years in a row to see if you can Manifest. On the Testing days you're pushed to your limit. Tortured even worse if there are few Manifestations... What would you rather do? Manifest and leave your family behind or not Manifest and get aggressively tortured until the moment you can no longer move? Jupitar City is for the people who Manifest, and boroughs are for the “normals”. It is believed that every Supergenic lives in peace and wealth in the City away from the boring working lives of the drags. A 16-years-old girl, Caitlin, desperately needs to fail her last test. Her father was killed by the Protectors. Her brother Nathan and her mom are everything she has left. Her mother doesn’t want her to be taken away from them, and turned into a kind of monster others have become. After everyone learns that Caitlin is useless, she is sent to be trained for her future job like every other non-powerful kid. There, she sees the real, more cruel truth about her world. Most of the food being given away to the Jupitar City, courageus people being taken away, and the reality of being a Supergenic. "We can be more than they will allow. You can be more. The Supergenics use us as indentured servants. They turn us against each other. They take our children, our brothers, our sisters, then expect us to thank them for it. They try to break us, but we are stronger than they know. You are stronger than you know. We ARE Generation Manifestation. It's time to show them what that means." 🦸 Its been a while since I've read any dystopian, so this was very refreshing. This book is hands down my favorite so far this year. It was easy to read, very well written, and detailed. The first couple of chapters were slow but I see it as an opportunity to get used to the characters and the story. I could understand the details alot easier before the plot became fast paced. After that, it was full of action. It ended with an exciting twist, which left me even more curious about what’s to come in the upcoming novel of the Gen M series. I definitely recommend this novel to everyone who enjoys reading about superpowers and heroes. You will not regret reading it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Librarian's Granddaughter

    "Generation Manifestation" by Steven Bereznai is a book that I would not touch in general. The annotation didn't sound very promising to me, and something in the story reminded me of Divergent. I didn't like the cover at all. When the author sent me a copy of the book, I decided to give it a try anyway. As a matter of fact, I liked the book. Which reminds me not to judge books by their covers. In the story we find ourselves in a world half destroyed by the so-called genetic wars. After them, som "Generation Manifestation" by Steven Bereznai is a book that I would not touch in general. The annotation didn't sound very promising to me, and something in the story reminded me of Divergent. I didn't like the cover at all. When the author sent me a copy of the book, I decided to give it a try anyway. As a matter of fact, I liked the book. Which reminds me not to judge books by their covers. In the story we find ourselves in a world half destroyed by the so-called genetic wars. After them, some people have shown super powers and live in a separate shiny city. If ordinary people need their help, they lend a hand. Sometimes, however, those without power give birth to gifted children who are taken to the other city by force. Every teenager takes tests to see if they have abilities. Caitlin is one of those who has no powers. She longs to show some abilities in the tests. She wants to leave the grayness in which she lives and be a superhero as those from her favorite comics. In the beginning, I didn't like her character at all. She looked just like an angry and disgruntled teenager. Slowly, however, she begins to reveal buried secrets. As she trains to become a protector, she encounters many obstacles. What she finds is awful. Will she be able to find allies and realize what exactly a revolution would mean? There are horrifying things behind the shiny walls of the distant city. I liked that the action is quite dynamic. The descriptions were skillfully described among the dialogues, which were quite fresh. I liked that the love story was there, but it was more in the background. I definitely liked the finale, which leaves a place for interpreting of what will follow. I liked the gradation in Caitlin's character. I may have wanted for her to fix her relationship with her mother, but I know it wasn't that important in the story. Somewhat I wanted more details to emerge about her father's disappearance. I didn't particularly like Normand as a character, but the story had an interesting twist with him. I was quite surprised by what happened to Lillianne and it was a very interesting outcome. The book managed to surprise me more than once and I found the story interesting. I'm glad I had the pleasure of reading it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    When first reading this dystopian book, it reminded me of Divergent in the sense that people are sorted into different groups. This, for me personally, made me feel a bit of deja vu, because I saw a lot of similarities in the two stories. However, what made it unique was the characters. Even at the beginning of the story, we see how the main character's mother impacts her life, with her mother even choosing her job options. We also see how her classmate impacts her by just leaving her a new book When first reading this dystopian book, it reminded me of Divergent in the sense that people are sorted into different groups. This, for me personally, made me feel a bit of deja vu, because I saw a lot of similarities in the two stories. However, what made it unique was the characters. Even at the beginning of the story, we see how the main character's mother impacts her life, with her mother even choosing her job options. We also see how her classmate impacts her by just leaving her a new book. This made the story more interesting. To make this story better, I would have started the action and excitement of the story earlier. A quarter through the book and not much has happened other than the main character getting a banned book. I think the idea of dystopia is already familiar to a lot of people, so you can spend a bit less time setting up the world. All in all, I liked the book and especially the different characters, however I thought it was very similar to other dystopian books. - I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Seriously excellent dystopian! Not the setup you'd expect, characters die, darn it! Very well thought out, excellent character writing Seriously excellent dystopian! Not the setup you'd expect, characters die, darn it! Very well thought out, excellent character writing

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Generation Manifestation in exchange for an honest review. So I try not to go into books with expectations, but when I went to add this to my currently reading on goodreads, I realized that this isn't my first Steven Bereznai superhero book and I was... less than a fan of his other work I've read. For all the flaws in Queeroes though, Generation Manifestation seems to have the solution. By focusing on only one POV, Bereznai is able to create some r Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Generation Manifestation in exchange for an honest review. So I try not to go into books with expectations, but when I went to add this to my currently reading on goodreads, I realized that this isn't my first Steven Bereznai superhero book and I was... less than a fan of his other work I've read. For all the flaws in Queeroes though, Generation Manifestation seems to have the solution. By focusing on only one POV, Bereznai is able to create some really unique, more dynamic characters for reader to get invested in and while superhero stories are definitely known for their tropes, Bereznai does a really good job of subverting genre tropes and expectations here. This was so much better than I was expecting it to be and I'm glad I gave Bereznai a second chance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dove

    I'd like to start off this review by thanking the author, Steven Bereznai, for sending me this fantastic book to read and review. It took me a while to read as I've been extremely busy, but this book was worth it! Every time I picked this book up, no matter where I was in the story, it was just as riveting and wonderful! There was not a single slow scene! This book had the perfect mix of world building, character development and rich content that were tied beautifully with a unique form of writi I'd like to start off this review by thanking the author, Steven Bereznai, for sending me this fantastic book to read and review. It took me a while to read as I've been extremely busy, but this book was worth it! Every time I picked this book up, no matter where I was in the story, it was just as riveting and wonderful! There was not a single slow scene! This book had the perfect mix of world building, character development and rich content that were tied beautifully with a unique form of writing. To be honest, it was like nothing I've read before so I was very grateful to read it because it really was fresh and innovative. Many books get too repetitive with their dystopia themes, but this was honestly something completely different. Fans of X-men, divergent, and hunger games will definitely love this book! It really gave me heavy divergent feels, and so I just instantly fell in love with it! However, it was also a very distinct novel and the plot was very much unique. I also liked how complex this book was. Like, I tried predicting what would happen but I was so off! The plot twists were just out of this world and it left me wanting more. Like, i just need a whole series!!!! It's so addicting, and you won't be able to put it down! It had me on the edge of my seat, and to be honest, crying by the end of it. I don't want to spoil it, but it will really mess with your feels! My favourite character was Normand. I just loved how he spoke like a robot and was such a geek. You know, it's always the ones that you expect the least of to end up being the most important ;). Being a nerd myself, I related to Normand and was so proud of him for representing the nerd, emotionally detached population so amazingly!!! Then, Bradie was such a sweetheart! Like he was so cute and I could see why Caitin loved him!!! The relationship between Bradie and his brother was also just perfect- like GOALS!!! I got a lot out of this book. I learned to not follow things blindly- always think of what you're doing, and the effect of your actions not only on yourself, but your loved ones. I also learned that although parents might sometime drive you insane, they are basing their knowledge off personal experiences, so we should really try to be more considerate. Then, no matter where you go and how successful you become in life, you always need to remember your roots and stay humble. Don't let success get to your head and although new friends are great, remember that old is gold and keep your enemies close. As you can see, I got A LOT of this book, and I also just really fell in love with the world and the plot. The scientific POV and their explaantion for their world really makes sense, and I don't doubt a genocide war could happen ith the amount of hate in our current world, which makes it more intriguing. But then you realize that perfection doesn't exist and even in a seemingly perfect world, issues come up. Overall, I would highly recommend everyone to read this book because it just blew my mind! and the plot twists like WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME!!!??!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anakta

    Thank you Edelweiss for providing an advanced reading copy. This is my honest review of Generation Manifestation. This is the first dystopian book I’ve read since the hiatus I took from the genre. And it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Some of the elements of Generation Manifestation did remind me of The Hunger Games and Divergent, yet it was completely unique and separate from the aforementioned series. The use of comics here was well integrated into the world and was quite va Thank you Edelweiss for providing an advanced reading copy. This is my honest review of Generation Manifestation. This is the first dystopian book I’ve read since the hiatus I took from the genre. And it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Some of the elements of Generation Manifestation did remind me of The Hunger Games and Divergent, yet it was completely unique and separate from the aforementioned series. The use of comics here was well integrated into the world and was quite valuable as an example of just how much fiction affects reality (even in books). The LGBTQ+ rep in this was amazing. I loved how the genders the unknown characters were written as, ‘those who identified as female/male’ and not simply assumed based on appearance. The romantic aspect was a bit of a miss for me because it felt too sudden, to be honest and I didn’t feel a lot of chemistry between Caitlin and Bradie. Caitlin was a flawed character yes but she was also strong and she recognized those flaws and actively tried to overcome them which I appreciated. Bradie as a character though was quite likeable and honestly, I feel horrible for what happened to the guy by the end, he didn’t deserve it (no I, won’t write what happened to him because spoilers). I adored Normand. He was such a smart, weird and loveable character who turned out to be surprisingly cunning. *This is spoiler-y* . . . I’d love to see more of Nate in the next book. I feel like the aspect of Cailin’s relationship with her family was a loose end, considering that she was close with her brother Nate. I get that she was being brainwashed but after she snapped out of it, she was too busy trying to rebel to think of the family that she left behind and I do think it’s rather odd for her to never think of her brother with whom she was close after moving to the Cube. . . . *End of spoiler-y content* . . . The initial 50% of the book was a little slow for me but then when things picked up, they went at breakneck pace and refused to slow, ending on a massive cliffhanger. The worldbuilding was pretty good, and classic dystopian, so it was pretty easy for me to have a mental image of the setting. The writing style was engaging, simple and clear. I’d definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a good dystopian book and I’m quite eager to find out what happens next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daydreamer

    I was given an Arc of this book in exchange for a review. Synopsis: Years after a war, genetically mutated animals roam the world. So in exchange for safety the Supergenics, people with superpowers, request that each child is tested for superpowers and if it possesses them, then given to them. Caitlin is just about to be tested the last time, before beginning to work, to be a productive member of their society. I really enjoyed the story, that was so full with secrets and twists and lots of planni I was given an Arc of this book in exchange for a review. Synopsis: Years after a war, genetically mutated animals roam the world. So in exchange for safety the Supergenics, people with superpowers, request that each child is tested for superpowers and if it possesses them, then given to them. Caitlin is just about to be tested the last time, before beginning to work, to be a productive member of their society. I really enjoyed the story, that was so full with secrets and twists and lots of planning. (view spoiler)[It’s one of the books where I felt the revolution was actually planned and not just a spur of the moment thingy, which I really liked! (hide spoiler)] There are also quite a few tragic scenes, though they fit the story. Caitlin was an okay character. I didn’t love her in the beginning, but she got better. I just felt she was too oblivious and naïve at the start of the book. (view spoiler)[I felt like the sparks between her and Bradie were kinda missing, though. I wasn’t sure if they actually were in a relationship because they acted so emotionally distant and we rarely had any scenes between the two? Like, at all. They spoke maybe ten times in the book? I just didn’t feel it, she seemed a bit more on the indifferent side towards him. (hide spoiler)] The minor characters such as Normand or Eel Man or Bradie are all nice and had me rooting for them. I liked the setting with all the genetic mutations happening and the political system. It seemed to actually make sense, contrary to other dystopian books, though I’m fascinated it didn’t collapse early on with so many people hating it. The style was lovely, I could feel what Caitlin went through. The only thing that threw me out of the story was the he/she/zir (?) sometimes used for a child screaming in the distance, which I felt was unnecessary. I mean, as an author you can decide it’s a she or him or just stick to “it”. I also feel like it would be easier to just say “boys wore trousers and girls skirts” or such instead of “those who were identified as boys/girls” which read a lil clunky. I understand it wanted to be inclusive, but since no one who was non-conforming was actually mentioned (or I didn’t catch it) it just seemed useless to me. All in all, its an enjoyable book set in a dystopian future with a young girl trying to find her way in life. It gets four stars from me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    GivernyReads

    This book. I have no words to describe it. This book was full of plot twists and kept me hooked. I cannot wait for book 2. There are questions that are going to need to be answered. Especially, after that ending. Please be prepared for a long review. Things I loved: - The world building. The whole story was really interesting. - Caitlin is great female protagonist. She can be annoying at times and self-centered, but Bereznai works magic in developing her character. - I love the character developmen This book. I have no words to describe it. This book was full of plot twists and kept me hooked. I cannot wait for book 2. There are questions that are going to need to be answered. Especially, after that ending. Please be prepared for a long review. Things I loved: - The world building. The whole story was really interesting. - Caitlin is great female protagonist. She can be annoying at times and self-centered, but Bereznai works magic in developing her character. - I love the character development in this book. As each character develops, it shows in the book. Their development really influences the book's twists and turns. - Some of the plot twists in this book. This book is a true dystopian. There is so much plot development and I love watching the world build as you continue reading. - I love the combination of superheroes and dystopian. Also, some of those powers were cool. Especially one of the characters power. - I love the use of comics books in this book. It really helps in showing the different world. - Can I just say that Normand is my favorite character. I love that he is nerdy and socially awkward, but is always finding a solution. Things I didn't enjoy: - What happened!!! That was not a plot twist I wanted to read. (I can't say more because of the spoilers) - I didn't really like Bradie's character. - The cliffhanger. I did not need that after what happened before. You do not end a book in the middle of something important. Overall, I loved this book. There were things that I really didn't enjoy about this book. I really loved the use of comic books and the importance of them throughout the book. There are many characters that you can love. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  15. 5 out of 5

    C.Y.

    It took me a while to get into this book. In fact, I almost just gave up reading it a few times, but I felt like I owed it to the author to finish it. I’m glad I did because it was very entertaining and stressful at the same time. I always enjoy dystopian stories. I would say that this was a combination of “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games”. There’s the heroine who at first can’t do anything right, but then becomes this strong, fighting machine. There were a few times when I thought I might not It took me a while to get into this book. In fact, I almost just gave up reading it a few times, but I felt like I owed it to the author to finish it. I’m glad I did because it was very entertaining and stressful at the same time. I always enjoy dystopian stories. I would say that this was a combination of “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games”. There’s the heroine who at first can’t do anything right, but then becomes this strong, fighting machine. There were a few times when I thought I might not like the main character, but she does redeem herself. There were also some very sad parts in the book, and questions were not completely answered, but that’s probably because the author plans on writing a sequel. I was saddened at the outcome of two of the characters in the book. I’m sure the author has his reasons for why things happen to them, but I trust that if this is a series, it will all makes sense in the end. The only thing that I would say that I did not care for was the fact that the author didn’t use the term boy or a girl. He called them, “those that identify themselves as a boy or girl”. I know we live in a world where identifying yourself is not just two choices anymore, but it just seemed odd to me reading it in a book like this one. Still, only having read just one book from this author, I was pretty impressed with his ability to compose a story. It was entertaining and there were times I stayed up late because I couldn’t put it down. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Generation Manifestion by Steven Bereznai is a fresh, new contender in the world of young adult dystopian literature. The world is separated into two distinct classes, the supergenics and the dregs (ordinary humans with no supergenic abilities). Caitlin, our protagonist, hopes that on testing day, her special power will manifest and she will get to live the life of her revered superheroes in "the city". But, as testing day arrives, Caitlin has to face the fact that she possesses no super power. T Generation Manifestion by Steven Bereznai is a fresh, new contender in the world of young adult dystopian literature. The world is separated into two distinct classes, the supergenics and the dregs (ordinary humans with no supergenic abilities). Caitlin, our protagonist, hopes that on testing day, her special power will manifest and she will get to live the life of her revered superheroes in "the city". But, as testing day arrives, Caitlin has to face the fact that she possesses no super power. This does not stop her from trying to reach her goal. She joins forces with an unlikely ally and turns the world upside down. This book has similarities to series such as Divergent and Marvel/DC series but the author makes it his own universe by having unique characters, well drawn up world building and an engaging plot where every guess you make will be wrong. The story unfolds at a good pace and the balance between background and world building to action is well balanced. I really wanted to know more about the city and see more of the superhero side of the story. I loved the inclusiveness of this book, the author does not shy away from topics such as gender identity, neuro diversity and disabilites. If you are looking for a solid follow on after Divergent, this will not disappoint. I would like to thank the author and Booksirens for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Jambor Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. If you are fans of the Divergent series, you will love Generation Manifestation. The setting is very similar to Divergent with the types of dregs and how they were being tested and put into groups and there is always one rebel that is determined to change it up and cause some chaos. As for Caitlin, shed hopes to manifest into the superhero This book was received as an ARC from Jambor Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. If you are fans of the Divergent series, you will love Generation Manifestation. The setting is very similar to Divergent with the types of dregs and how they were being tested and put into groups and there is always one rebel that is determined to change it up and cause some chaos. As for Caitlin, shed hopes to manifest into the superheroes she loves or else she will return to exile and suffer a lifetime of loneliness. Then the twist of the century nothing is what it seems and that there is a dark secret roaming around that can make or break everything and Caitlin is the one to reveal it. My heart was pumping and I was taken on such a thrill ride that I thought I was part of the book. I know our teen book club will be excited for it. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    mesal

    Full review here! The long and the short: Considering that young adult dystopian fiction hasn't been my preferred genre since 2016, I was amazed to find myself enjoying this novel. Sure, it had its not-for-me parts, including insta-romance and a couple of predictable character arcs, but it made up for all that by being well-paced and enjoyable, with plot twists that actually excited me. Regardless of all that, I still think this book is best fit with the intended target audience i.e. teenagers, who Full review here! The long and the short: Considering that young adult dystopian fiction hasn't been my preferred genre since 2016, I was amazed to find myself enjoying this novel. Sure, it had its not-for-me parts, including insta-romance and a couple of predictable character arcs, but it made up for all that by being well-paced and enjoyable, with plot twists that actually excited me. Regardless of all that, I still think this book is best fit with the intended target audience i.e. teenagers, who would be able to enjoy the writing and all other aspects more than I did. I was pre-approved by Edelweiss and the publisher for a free eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    I received this ARC for an honest review. I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I received it but I am pleasantly surprised. The beginning was a little slow but it has a knack for holding you there, to keep reading, which is understandable since this is a world unlike what you expect. It needed time to build and hook you in. It has been a long time since I have read a story like this, I really like the characters and their growth through the book. Although, at first, I will I received this ARC for an honest review. I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I received it but I am pleasantly surprised. The beginning was a little slow but it has a knack for holding you there, to keep reading, which is understandable since this is a world unlike what you expect. It needed time to build and hook you in. It has been a long time since I have read a story like this, I really like the characters and their growth through the book. Although, at first, I will say that Caitlin was a bit frustrating. I also really hope that we get more of Joshua - I think I loved him the very first moment we met him. I also liked that I couldn't predict what was going to happen, it kept me on my toes and the pages turning. I really am looking forward to the next installment, I cant wait to see what they do next and how they handle the obstacles to come.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joey Wargachuk

    I'm a big fan of strong female protagonists, and the character of Caitlin Feral is a great addition to literary heroines who kick butt. Her love interest, Bradie, manages to be a brat, but sweet at the same time. And her unlikely best friend, nerdy and socially awkward Normand, always finds a way of holding his own (I would love to say more, but no spoilers!). "I Want Superpowers" has plenty of satisfying twists and unexpected turns, set in an interesting dystopian world that I hope the author w I'm a big fan of strong female protagonists, and the character of Caitlin Feral is a great addition to literary heroines who kick butt. Her love interest, Bradie, manages to be a brat, but sweet at the same time. And her unlikely best friend, nerdy and socially awkward Normand, always finds a way of holding his own (I would love to say more, but no spoilers!). "I Want Superpowers" has plenty of satisfying twists and unexpected turns, set in an interesting dystopian world that I hope the author will explore more in future novels.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew W Seniff

    This is a book with superheroes but not about superheroes. While this book is listed in the YA category it’s written for everyone that loves a good story. The characters are well developed and each with their own part to play. The world building is very sophisticated as the story develops. The plot has multiple threads that are all brought together into a satisfying ending. I recommend this book to all readers that enjoy a good sci-fi story as well as those of us that love themselves some superh This is a book with superheroes but not about superheroes. While this book is listed in the YA category it’s written for everyone that loves a good story. The characters are well developed and each with their own part to play. The world building is very sophisticated as the story develops. The plot has multiple threads that are all brought together into a satisfying ending. I recommend this book to all readers that enjoy a good sci-fi story as well as those of us that love themselves some superheroes. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Received as a review copy, this is an honest review. Catlin desperately wants to be a part of the select few that lives the best life in a destroyed world. When her Testing Day comes... it doesn't go as Catlin thought it would; leaving her with a future as a Dreg. As Catlin discovers, her true place is more complicated and dangerous than she imaged. Brilliant, edgy and vividly written... a can't miss dystopian adventure, highly recommended. Received as a review copy, this is an honest review. Catlin desperately wants to be a part of the select few that lives the best life in a destroyed world. When her Testing Day comes... it doesn't go as Catlin thought it would; leaving her with a future as a Dreg. As Catlin discovers, her true place is more complicated and dangerous than she imaged. Brilliant, edgy and vividly written... a can't miss dystopian adventure, highly recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Loewen

    Wow! This book was awesome. I really enjoyed the characters and their development. I was completely drawn in by the story and torn in so many directions as I tried to know who to root for, who to ‘ship’, and who was bad. I will definitely read more by this author. If you want to feel like your life is dependant on how a story turns out then read this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wright Chambers

    This author has the ability to make the situation of the story, in this case a dystopian future, seem all the more corporeal with the depth of the development of each character so everyone can relate to one of them and live in the world he masterfully created. Fascinating, soul touching, and leaves one wanting it to go on and on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kay Mcleer

    was exactly what I wanted from this type of book, it was a fun read with great characters and storyline. It had what I was looking for in an X-Men type book and I look forward to more. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Puebla flandez

    I love this book! it transported me to another time!! this should definitely be a movie, like there is very interesting trilogies out there, I can't wait for the next book!! I love this book! it transported me to another time!! this should definitely be a movie, like there is very interesting trilogies out there, I can't wait for the next book!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    All 400 pages of this dystopia kept my rapt attention. The superhero vibe makes it unique among the genre.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna Tan

    Generation Manifestation starts with a very Divergent vibe. Caitlin Feral is preparing for her Final Testing - if she doesn't Manifest now, she'll be assigned a boring (or maybe dangerous) adult job, based on her aptitude scores. There's no room for standing out, for pursuing your own interests, if you're not a Supergenic. So Caitlin wants to Manifest. She wants it so desperately that she's already tried to fake her way through earlier tests, earning herself some renown amongst the testers. Norma Generation Manifestation starts with a very Divergent vibe. Caitlin Feral is preparing for her Final Testing - if she doesn't Manifest now, she'll be assigned a boring (or maybe dangerous) adult job, based on her aptitude scores. There's no room for standing out, for pursuing your own interests, if you're not a Supergenic. So Caitlin wants to Manifest. She wants it so desperately that she's already tried to fake her way through earlier tests, earning herself some renown amongst the testers. Normand Bamford is the rich, weird guy in class - super rich, super smart, but also super weird. And on this final Testing Day, Normand makes Caitlin promise that she'll survive the Testing - and then later sneaks her a contraband comic book that ends up changing the course of her life. Like all dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, nothing is as they seem. The X-men type Genetic Wars did not just result in superheroes, or Supergenics, as they're called. They also resulted in weird mutations and beasts who now roam the wastelands outside - which the Supergenics in Jupitar City protect the squalid human boroughs as part of the treaty. But the treaty - and rules - are unfair, and it's only the humans who are truly sacrificing themselves. The status quo may seem to work for now, but the system is broken - and since this is a YA coming-of-age book, it's up to the teens to rebel and break the world, before reshaping it into something better. Not the popular, Supergenic teens though. But the misfits like Caitlin, the weirdos like Normand, and of course, the good-looking popular jock boyfriend ones like Bradie Lopez Nettle who stays by Caitlin even at her worst. Generation Manifestation is a wish-fulfilment kind of story where the young save the day, where you can make change possible even if you're just a dreg (DNA-regular), where the weirdos rebels are accepted for who they are. It pulses with a deeper kind of persistent love, not just the sex-hormones-emotions kind, but the kind that sticks by someone through thick and thin, that protects each other, that sacrifices themselves for friendship and the greater community. The kind that believes in you and supports you all the way, despite and through your failings. Help comes from unexpected places, in unexpected ways, and whilst the solution isn't the cleanest (or even the most moral), it's one that offers hope in the midst of compromise. Where allies can work together, even though they'll never actually be friends. Where true stories of the rights violated and the laws broken give people the reason to rebel and fight for a better future, but it's the comic books and dreams of true heroes that will help show them how. With the breakdown of governments around the world, Generation Manifestation is a wish-fulfilment kind of story, the kind we desperately need right now. "We can't change the world in a day," I rationalize. "But I will make sure this rebellion has a tomorrow." Note: I received a digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss +. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teo Warden

    Wow, what can I say about Generation Manifestation? First off, I really like the name of the book as well as the cover art for it which is flipping awesome! This is a somewhat quick read but it is packed with so much going on. This dystopian world is filled with mutated beasts, super humans, and regular humans which are known as dregs. The story has a shadow of 1984 throughout it as well as a bit of a Divergent feel to it. The story starts off with a bit of a small slow buildup that really helps y Wow, what can I say about Generation Manifestation? First off, I really like the name of the book as well as the cover art for it which is flipping awesome! This is a somewhat quick read but it is packed with so much going on. This dystopian world is filled with mutated beasts, super humans, and regular humans which are known as dregs. The story has a shadow of 1984 throughout it as well as a bit of a Divergent feel to it. The story starts off with a bit of a small slow buildup that really helps you get accustomed and engrossed into the overall feel of the world and the peoples mindset within it. But as you get further into the story the action picks up the pace and really takes you for a ride. One thing I found a bit jarring to the flow of the story was the use of him/her/zir, I felt that it didn’t really help the story in any way and just interrupted the flow of paragraph I would be reading sometimes at a fast pace moment that would break up my concentration and make me have to read it over again. These moments were not a huge amount but when it happened it felt like they were forced into the book and made my reading have an unnatural flow instead of a smooth transition to the next word. I get the attempt of this and no worries about that but there were time when the word “their” would have probably been better to use if not wanting to point out a specific gender. To me it was a small bump in what was otherwise a great book and I look forward to more books or stories in this universe. In my opinion, this is a great read and one that anyone and everyone into fantasy, dystopian, super humans, and action packed adventures should pick up, I will say this has made me a fan of Steven Bereznai and I can’t wait for more into this world he has put together. I give this book 4 Mango Tango out of 5 I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Short and Sweet Reviews by Sam

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the author, Steven Bereznai, for providing a copy of Generation Manifestation. I have reviewed honestly. Generation Manifestation features, but is not limited to, the following themes: ○ YA Fantasy ○ Dystopian ○ Superheroes ○ Revolutions ○ Morals ○ LGBTQ+ rep ○ Friendship ○ Light romance My overall rating for Generation Manifestation is… 4.5 Stars! Katniss Everdeen who? Caitlin Feral is here to start a revolution even bigger then the girl on fire! Gen Thank you to Edelweiss and the author, Steven Bereznai, for providing a copy of Generation Manifestation. I have reviewed honestly. Generation Manifestation features, but is not limited to, the following themes: ○ YA Fantasy ○ Dystopian ○ Superheroes ○ Revolutions ○ Morals ○ LGBTQ+ rep ○ Friendship ○ Light romance My overall rating for Generation Manifestation is… 4.5 Stars! Katniss Everdeen who? Caitlin Feral is here to start a revolution even bigger then the girl on fire! Generation Manifestation is insane! Think, the Hunger Games meets X-Men. This action packed dystopian tale explores wrongs and rights, villains and heroes; we experience the courage of fighting a system that is not what it seems. The world building is absolutely phenomenal and the characters are not what you'd expect. We see side characters with disabilities and I love that the author also doesn't use gender to define their characters, for example the use of "those who identify as girls wear dresses" or "those who don't conform to either gender." It's very modern and, adding the subtexts I mentioned previously, I can see this book being added to school reading lists. Overall, this powerful tale is unpredictable, unforgettable and contains characters who defy the norm.

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