The Omicron Six
SCI-FI YOUNG ADULT
BROTHERHOOD, PERSEVERANCE, POTENTIAL
THE NEW MUTANTS, THE INSTITUTE, THE GIFTED
COUPE (M/14) -- SHARP-WITTED NE'ER DO WELL WHO DEVELOPS A BOND WITH COOPER.
COOPER (M/14) -- NONVERBAL TEEN WITH STRENGTH AND PSYCHIC ABILITIES, WHO OPENS UP TO THE LOYAL COUPE.
DR. STEIN (M/50S) -- PASSIONATE SCIENTIST WHO CREATED THE BOYS AS PART OF GENETICS EXPERIMENT.
EVERETT AND EVELYN (M/F/40S) -- COOPER'S LOYAL, LOVING, FARMER PARENTS.
CHASE (M/14) -- A NEFARIOUS TWIN OF COUPE WHO SEEKS TO KILL ALL POWERED BEINGS.
CASSIE (F/14) -- A GIFTED ARTIST AND PEER OF COUPE AND COOPER'S WHO DEVELOPS FEELINGS FOR COUPE.
Two young outcast teens reveal secret powers they hold and the personal demons that plague them as they learn the source of their secret powers and how much more powerful they can become when threatened by those that wish to kill them. Only together will they be strong enough to prevail.
Target Gender: Universal
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: with a Publisher
Publisher: Koehler Books
Year Published: 2020
Cooper Callister wanders into the woods followed by the school bully who tries to beat him. School outcast Coupe Daschelete tries to save him but gets beaten himself until Cooper picks up the bully and throws him 30 feet through the air, revealing one of his super powers.
Cooper and Coupe are attacked by Coupe's twin and men he has recruited. Cooper and Coupe unite their psychic powers to save everyone but reveal to their creators just how powerful they have become, prompting them once again to lose their freedom.
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Mature Audience Themes
Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Voyage and Return,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Main Character Details
Name: Coupe Daschelete
Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Funny,Selfless,Charming,Honorable,Insecure,Underdog,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Name: Cooper Callister
Key Traits: Underdog,Masculine,Modest,Obedient,Empathetic,Faithful,Honorable,Selfless,Strong Moral Code,Naive,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Name: Everett Callister
Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Empathetic,Honorable
Additional Character Details
Name: Dr. Steven Stein
Key Traits: Narcisstic,Complex,Confident,Educated,Visionary
Cooper Callister cannot speak. Coupe Daschelete is the victim of horrible abuse. No one would expect them to possess superhuman powers. But they do. When a fight in the woods forces them to reveal themselves to each other, they start a journey together that leads them to discover power they never expected, power they were never intended to have. To unlock those powers and fully understand them, they must follow a difficult and dangerous path of self-discovery and self-revelation. Cooper is forced to face the isolation of his silence. Coupe must confront the demons that haunt his dreams, planted there by those who have abused him and broken his mind. Alone they could not do it. Only together do they have the strength to conquer their challenges. The threats they confront force them once again to evolve into something new, this time to face a new enemy with deadly intent. But is the world ready to accept what they have become?
COUPE and COOPER, a pair of outcast middle schoolers with special powers, develop a psychic link, leading to loner Coupe moving in with Cooper and his family. Soon, the two are kidnapped and taken to a secret facility by the passionate DR. STEIN, who explains that they are part of a genetic experiment to create superhumans. They have twins, it turns out, and Coupe's twin CHASE is on a mission to kill all powered people. Soon, Chase attacks, but he and his goons are overpowered by the heroes and imprisoned in Stein's facility. Safe from the threat of Chase at last, Coupe and Cooper return home.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it seems like a perfectly accurate reflection.
Draw of Story
What drew me into the story immediately was how quickly the author throws us into conflict-- The skirmish with the bully in the woods comprises an admirable and effective inciting incident for its many revelations and ramifications for the text at large.
There is a notion that this work lacks originality-- It seems to borrow quite heavily from other stories of people with powers, never quite treading any new ground. More can be done to differentiate this work from the many off-brand superpower stories of the past 10 years.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that this work is a new entry in the very commercial and reliable subgenre of super-powered individuals. Comic books fans will have a demonstrated and invested interest in this work.
Probably not a large fanbase, per se. There is simply too much competition for this work to carve out a large audience, it seems. This work doesn't seem to be different enough to stand out as much as it could or should.
No, this is not an awards contender. It's value is more entertainment-oriented, rather than artistic.
Similar Films/TV Series
THE NEW MUTANTS, THE INSTITUTE, THE GIFTED
What’s New About the Story
What's original about this story is how deep it dives with the trauma of Coupe-- It's the standout element that seems to differentiate this work. Coupe's struggles are memorable, specific, and harrowing-- not often accounted for in works of this ilk. However, beyond that, this work seems quite derivative of other off-brand superpower tales that have come before. More can be done to separate this work from the likes of The New Mutants and others-- It seems to contain many of the same archetypes and ideas.
Coupe stands out, as noted, for his trauma. It gives this work weight, and it goes further than most with its harrowing nature. Cooper stands out, also, for his nonverbal ways in the early part of this text-- He is mysterious and challenged by his powers, which makes him stand out.
Uniqueness of Story
This is not a rare gem in that it seems to borrow quite heavily from other superpower stories and it endeavors to compete in a highly, highly saturated market of superpower-themed properties. More can be done to differentiate this work from the tropes and archetypes it seems to be playing into.
Film: Streaming, Studio TV Series: Cable, Network, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming
WORK IN PROGRESS
This is a work in progress due to how familiar many of its concepts and characters feel. More can surely be done to separate this work from other off-brand superpower tales. This is essential if this work is to carve out a sizable enough audience for itself.
Tips for Improvement
Another pass to subvert or complexify subgenre concepts and archetypes would only help this work. More could be done, also, to better motivate the nefarious villain, as right now he seems to serve the plot rather than himself.
COUPE and COOPER, a pair of outcast middle schoolers with special powers, develop a psychic link, leading to loner Coupe moving in with Cooper and his family. Soon, the two are kidnapped and taken to a secret facility by the passionate DR. STEIN, who explains that they are part of a genetic experiment to create superhumans.
What We Liked
This work is strong for its gritty, dramatic realism surrounding the character of Coupe. It also stands out for its commitment to the very commercial and viable subgenre of superheroes/superpowered people. Surely this work will find an audience for its featuring of well-tested concept of superhumans discovering their powers and battling it out.
Film: This work would be a solid candidate for adaptation for film due to its adhering to the well-tried and tested superhero subgenre. People would want to see this because it fits squarely under the ever commercial superhero umbrella. It features the action and excitement to comprise effective action set pieces.
TV: This would be a good adaptation for TV in that it has a wide array of characters with unique personalities and superpowers that provide fertile ground for expansion. The featuring of diverse superpowers and nefarious villains bode well for this work sustaining the longer-format.
1. Coupe and the complexity and gravity of his trauma.
2. The diabolical and intimidating villain in Chase.
3. The complex, thought-provoking character in Dr. Stein.
4. Cooper and Coupe's well-rendered brotherhood.
5. The diverse, fascinating superpowers.
We meet nonverbal middle schooler COOPER, 14, and sharp-witted ne'er do well COUPE, 14. One day, Coupe comes to Cooper's defense from a bully, enduring a beating, but Cooper displays an impossible strength and flings the bully 30 feet away. Soon, it becomes clear that the two boys have a psychic link and that Cooper has special powers. Cooper can in fact speak, but he closes himself off to his schoolmates in order to protect himself from overstimulation. Cooper and his farmer father EVERETT take Coupe home from school. However, Cooper senses something wrong, and he and Everett rescue Coupe from an abusive home situation. Soon, with the approval of the local sheriff, Coupe moves in with Cooper, Everett, and Cooper's mother EVELYN. Coupe and Cooper form a symbiotic relationship-- Cooper helps with Coupe's night terrors, residual from years of abuse, and Coupe helps calm Cooper's mind with their psychic link. Soon, Coupe detects that Cooper is not the biological son of Everett and Evelyn, prompting Evelyn to slap Coupe. He runs away but returns after a few weeks after suffering injuries after breaking up a robbery. Cooper starts to gain control of his powers, while Coupe starts to display extreme speed and intellect.
Coupe resumes his idyllic home life with the family, as an apparent doppelgänger of his wreaks havoc across the map. One day, though, Coupe and Cooper are subdued and kidnapped by black-clad agents. They are taken to a facility deep in the woods in Maine, where they meet the spirited scientist DR. STEIN. Stein reveals that the boys are part of a genetics experiment, where he endeavored to create people with enhanced abilities. The boys, we learn, have twins. Coupe's twin, the nefarious CHASE, has been killing earlier products of Stein's experiments, committed to eliminating all powered beings.
We soon meet the brawny CORWIN, Cooper's twin, as well as the artistically enhanced CASSIE, the aquatic-powered COTY, and the camouflage-powered CARRICK. Coupe and Cooper try to make themselves at home with their peers, but Corwin is off-puttish to the newcomers. They learn of the attack and escape of Chase, where he killed one of their own. Stein gives the boys a regimen and conducts many tests on their powers, and the group braces for an inevitable attack from Chase.
Soon, Chase does attack. He breaks in and hurls a fire axe at one of the girls, but Coupe uses his speed prowess to snatch it out of the air. He chases after his twin, but Chase leads him right into a trap-- A troupe of commandos launch an assault with machine guns, but Coupe narrowly gets away. An intense battle ensues, but it ends with Cooper using his psychic powers to incapacitate Chase and his goons. Coupe, Cooper, and co. recover from the attack, while Stein and his support staff imprison Coupe and his goons, later subverting an escape attempt. With the threat of Chase fully under control, it is now safe for Cooper and Coupe to return home to their parents. However, Stein convinces Coupe to stay behind, and Coupe parts ways with Cooper, much to Cooper's dismay. However, it turns out that twins Cooper and Corwin switched places, as Cooper was committed to staying with Coupe. Together, they convince Stein to allow them to return home with their parents together, promising to come back to the consortium every few months for testing. They reunite with Everett and Evelyn, and the rest of their peers join them for the trip. Cassie and Coupe share a kiss before they part ways.