Downtown author Steven Bereznai releases third superhero novel

WhatsOn Nov 28, 2016 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

As a teen, downtown Toronto resident Steven Bereznai often found solace in the terrific tales of superheroes. It’s not surprising, then, that comic book superheroes have become a main theme in his writing career.

The author has just released his fifth book, "I Want Superpowers," which follows teenaged Caitlin through her life in a dystopian world where those with superpowers (dubbed "Supergenics") and those without (“DNA regulars,” or “dregs”) are kept separate following a cataclysmic war.

In the book, socially awkward and unpopular at school, Caitlin hopes her powers manifest, and becomes embroiled in intrigue as she learns that neither side is quite as they seem.

Bereznai noted that his childhood affinity for superheroes came from often feeling like he wasn’t quite like his classmates, particularly given that he was hiding the fact that he was gay.

“As a teen, when life wasn’t quite going the way I would have liked — in the closet, dealing with teen angst — I’d turn to comics,” he recalled. “It allowed me to turn off the negative part of my brain and believe in another world where meek and mild people like Peter Parker or Clark Kent had a whole other world where they could be their best selves.”

In his previous superhero books, "Queeroes" and "Queeroes 2," Bereznai combined his love of comics and his own sexuality in a playful way. While Caitlin is a young, heterosexual woman, she still reflected part of the author’s own personality.

“She had to improve her mental function to improve her physical ability,” he said. “As a kid, what stopped me from getting into sports was a fear that I wasn’t good enough, that I’d look like an idiot.”

"I Want Superpowers" also looks at the struggles of youth today. The characters are herded, dronelike, into jobs if they fail to manifest superpowers.

“Part of me was inspired by reading about what millennials are going through,” he said. “Kids today are even more encouraged to explore their individuality and then they’re shocked when they join the workforce.”

"I Want Superpowers" is currently available at the Silver Snail, Glad Day Books and on Amazon.

Downtown author Steven Bereznai releases third superhero novel

WhatsOn Nov 28, 2016 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

As a teen, downtown Toronto resident Steven Bereznai often found solace in the terrific tales of superheroes. It’s not surprising, then, that comic book superheroes have become a main theme in his writing career.

The author has just released his fifth book, "I Want Superpowers," which follows teenaged Caitlin through her life in a dystopian world where those with superpowers (dubbed "Supergenics") and those without (“DNA regulars,” or “dregs”) are kept separate following a cataclysmic war.

In the book, socially awkward and unpopular at school, Caitlin hopes her powers manifest, and becomes embroiled in intrigue as she learns that neither side is quite as they seem.

Bereznai noted that his childhood affinity for superheroes came from often feeling like he wasn’t quite like his classmates, particularly given that he was hiding the fact that he was gay.

“As a teen, when life wasn’t quite going the way I would have liked — in the closet, dealing with teen angst — I’d turn to comics,” he recalled. “It allowed me to turn off the negative part of my brain and believe in another world where meek and mild people like Peter Parker or Clark Kent had a whole other world where they could be their best selves.”

In his previous superhero books, "Queeroes" and "Queeroes 2," Bereznai combined his love of comics and his own sexuality in a playful way. While Caitlin is a young, heterosexual woman, she still reflected part of the author’s own personality.

“She had to improve her mental function to improve her physical ability,” he said. “As a kid, what stopped me from getting into sports was a fear that I wasn’t good enough, that I’d look like an idiot.”

"I Want Superpowers" also looks at the struggles of youth today. The characters are herded, dronelike, into jobs if they fail to manifest superpowers.

“Part of me was inspired by reading about what millennials are going through,” he said. “Kids today are even more encouraged to explore their individuality and then they’re shocked when they join the workforce.”

"I Want Superpowers" is currently available at the Silver Snail, Glad Day Books and on Amazon.

Downtown author Steven Bereznai releases third superhero novel

WhatsOn Nov 28, 2016 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

As a teen, downtown Toronto resident Steven Bereznai often found solace in the terrific tales of superheroes. It’s not surprising, then, that comic book superheroes have become a main theme in his writing career.

The author has just released his fifth book, "I Want Superpowers," which follows teenaged Caitlin through her life in a dystopian world where those with superpowers (dubbed "Supergenics") and those without (“DNA regulars,” or “dregs”) are kept separate following a cataclysmic war.

In the book, socially awkward and unpopular at school, Caitlin hopes her powers manifest, and becomes embroiled in intrigue as she learns that neither side is quite as they seem.

Bereznai noted that his childhood affinity for superheroes came from often feeling like he wasn’t quite like his classmates, particularly given that he was hiding the fact that he was gay.

“As a teen, when life wasn’t quite going the way I would have liked — in the closet, dealing with teen angst — I’d turn to comics,” he recalled. “It allowed me to turn off the negative part of my brain and believe in another world where meek and mild people like Peter Parker or Clark Kent had a whole other world where they could be their best selves.”

In his previous superhero books, "Queeroes" and "Queeroes 2," Bereznai combined his love of comics and his own sexuality in a playful way. While Caitlin is a young, heterosexual woman, she still reflected part of the author’s own personality.

“She had to improve her mental function to improve her physical ability,” he said. “As a kid, what stopped me from getting into sports was a fear that I wasn’t good enough, that I’d look like an idiot.”

"I Want Superpowers" also looks at the struggles of youth today. The characters are herded, dronelike, into jobs if they fail to manifest superpowers.

“Part of me was inspired by reading about what millennials are going through,” he said. “Kids today are even more encouraged to explore their individuality and then they’re shocked when they join the workforce.”

"I Want Superpowers" is currently available at the Silver Snail, Glad Day Books and on Amazon.