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The Cloak Society

The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz

For his twelve birthday, Alex gets to go on a bank robbery.

Raised from birth in the Cloak Society -- on its fourth generation from the first scientists to gain power, bent on world-domination to "right a world that's wrong" -- this is his first chance to show his skills. He fails to get them into the vault with his telekinetic powers; two other young teammates (the Beta Team) do it. And worse, in the following fight, he reflexively saves the life of one of the superheroes. His mother does not approve. They are readying their attack on the Rangers since the time, ten years ago, when they had nearly brought down the Rangers of Justice, and the surviving Ranger had launched a fierce attack that had slaughtered most of the Society.

That does not, in fact, settle the matter for Alex. His problems intertwine with the details of what happened on that day, ten years ago; his fondness for origami and a younger girl who really likes them; a friend of his whose father wanted to be treated as part of the society on his mechanical genius; meeting someone on the sly; seeing everything in blue; getting ice cream; the Beta Team's morning jogs; and more.
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