We Could Be Heroes

Mike Chen

Quick Synopsis

Two individuals wake up in separate apartments without any memories. Soon, they discover that they have supernatural abilities. In a memory support group, they meet and decide to dig into their shared pasts. Along the way, they are faced with tough choices, including trusting each other and deciding whether to be heroes.

Publisher’s Synopsis

An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be.

Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.

Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.

When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.

Book Review

I initially struggled with what I should say about We Could Be Heroes. I wanted so much to like it as much as I liked the premise, but the book was not for me. While the story was interesting, it did not pull me in. The pacing of the story felt off, particularly for the subject matter. Shouldn’t superheroes and discovering secrets be fast-paced? Although there were moments of action, in its entirety We Could Be Heroes was slow. I struggled to finish because my interest waned.  

I thought Mike Chen’s writing was okay but nothing special. At times, I did find the book hard to follow, especially during conversations. This could partially be because the formatting was off in my e-ARC version. The characters were also very one-dimensional. They did not seem full-fleshed out and relatable.

Overall, I thought We Could Be Heroes was just okay. That being said, I am unlikely to recommend it to people in general since there are so many great books out there to read to waste time on one that leaves you feeling meh.


Overall Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.


Rating: 2 out of 5.


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Character development

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

We Could Be Heroes


Science Fiction

Publication Date
January 26, 2021


Storygraph Rating
3.55 stars

Goodreads Rating
3.44 stars

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Note: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher, MIRA. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.

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