Why did nobody tell me about The Medusa Project before now?! I really feel like I've been missing out and now I have so much to catch up on! The Set-Up by Sophie McKenzie is the first book in the Medusa Project series, in which four teenagers find out that as babies they were all implanted with a special gene which has allowed them to have special powers once they've reached puberty. Really, how much do I love reading books about characters with super powers! It's all very super-heroesque, and I can fully support that.
This first book focuses on Nico, a 14 year old boy, who is in love with his best friend but doesn't know how to tell her. To make things worse, she's now got a boyfriend and Nico has discovered that he has the power of telekinesis. Moving things with his mind should be awesome, but his step-father believes differently. It's a lot for anyone to deal with, but for Nico, his main goal seems to be trying to impress Ketty, his best friend. And to do this Nico falls in with some shady people in order to make some quick money thinking that this would be the fastest and easiest way for Ketty to see Nico in a different light.
He also tries to uncover more about the Medusa gene and learn what he can about the other babies in the same position. What follows is quite the exciting and entertaining story filled with twists and turns and action and really bad decisions. I really liked Nico as a main character, he's a little sure of himself and doesn't really think things through, but he means well. His feelings for Ketty were quite sweet and I look forward to exploring more of their relationship in future books.
I think this is a really promising start to what will be a fun and exciting series. I'm really glad that there are already a bunch of books published in the series so that I don't have to wait too long to dive in. I believe other books in the series will be told by different members of the Medusa project, and I look forward to finding out more about the four of them and their powers and the history behind the gene and lots of cool action. Yay for this series!