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With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibilities… and These Great Reads

by  | July 17

*This article contains LIGHT spoilers for Spider-Man: Far from Home and MAJOR spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.* 

Spider-Man: Far from Home gives us our first look at a world after Thanos and a world without Tony Stark. If you’re a fan of Spider-Man lore, then you’re familiar with his age-old conflict: how does Peter Parker balance being a regular teenager with a duty to save the literal world? “With great power, comes great responsibility,” as the saying goes. The latest installment of the Spider-Man franchise continues to tackle this question by throwing Peter and his high school class right in the middle of an interdimensional conflict. Much like Peter, the characters in the books in this post are faced with difficult choices—ones that could alter their lives as they know them.

The Philosopher's Flight

The Philosopher's Flight

by Tom Miller

Robert Weekes has always wanted to fly like a girl. His dream has been to join the US Sigilry Corps’ Rescue and Evacuation Department, even though men have never been able to. Robert is eventually able to earn a spot at an all-women’s school to study philosophy. While there, he meets a woman named Danielle, and the two band together as unlikely heroes to fight for Robert’s place among the philosophers—and for philosophy’s very survival against the men who would destroy it.

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Scythe

Scythe

by Neal Shusterman

Citra and Rowan live in a world where there is no disease, no hunger, and no war—and, as a result, people live longer than they ever have before. In order to control the population growth (and, thus, preserve all resources), scythes are chosen to glean (a super fun word for “murder”) people at random. The population see scythes as worthy of respect and even fear, but when Citra and Rowan are chosen to become scythes, they couldn’t want the job less. The two face many choices throughout the book that challenge their thoughts, assumptions, and desires.

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City of Bones

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones—The first book in the massive Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones introduces us to Clary Fray. Clary is living her mundane life like your average teenage girl, until she is thrust into the world of the Shadowhunters when her mother disappears and she’s attacked by demons. Unbeknownst to her, Clary embodies something called the Sight, which has made her very valuable to the Shadowhunters—in ways that ultimately become clear to her.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J. K. Rowling

I could write an entire thesis on the world of Harry Potter, but I’ll spare you for now. If you look up “reluctant hero” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a photo of Harry James Potter. Harry always thought he was a normal kid, until he wasn’t. Imagine finding out that in addition to being a wizard, the fate of an entire world lies squarely in your hands. No big deal, right? Unlike many heroes in his position, Harry never identifies himself as such. Dumbledore says it best: “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

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Nicole Sam contains multitudes. She is a huge fan of graphic novels, SFF stories, and reality TV. When she isn’t at the office, you can find her attending cons around the country to experience her favorite fandoms IRL.