SUPERPOWERED: The Book Club Reader’s Guide

SPOILER ALERT: Caution, if you want a true Monet Experience, avoid these questions until after you’ve read through the book several times.

Take 1-2 weeks, progress through as many story iterations as you can, while keeping the following questions in mind. Then, meet with your reader’s group and discuss:

1) Which superpower did you pick first? Which was your favorite?
2) Discuss your impressions of Nick and Catherine. Did you like or dislike these characters? Did that change as the narrative progressed?
3) Which was your first ending? Share your experiences with the group.
4) What would you say was the “best ending” you found? Talk about solving the saving the world vs conquering.
5) There are certain expected norms in superhero/comic book fiction. To what extent did SUPERPOWERED uphold these traditions? Has Schannep added anything new to the genre?
6) Both Nick and Catherine can fight for good or for evil, depending on your interactions with them. What does this say about human nature and fate?
7) There are several vignettes off the beaten path. What was your favorite “hidden gem”?
8) SUPERPOWERED shows that even in a fantasy world where you’re given god-like powers, there are still consequences for your actions. In what ways do these consequences grow with your newfound potential?
9) Did you enjoy playing as a hero or playing as a villain more? Which was easier to win? Did which superpower you possessed make any difference?
10) How did you feel about being “in control” of the story? Did you feel more or less involved than you do with traditional books?
11) Did you feel you were rewarded for altruistic or selfish actions? For reserved or brazen choices? Defend your positions.
12) Did you come into this book as a fan of superhero movies, comic books, video games, or novels? All or none of the above? Has that position altered your experience? Are you more or less likely to seek out superhero prose?

And, as a bonus, if there’s anything you’d like to ask the author, feel free to post it in the comment section below.

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