In February, Netflix dropped the first season of The Umbrella Academy. It’s a quirky show based on the comic book series by the same name. It follows the students—a dysfunctional family brought together by an eccentric billionaire—who have extraordinary powers.
Each of the seven children adopted by Reginald Hargreeves (the aforementioned eccentric billionaire) has a distinct personality and set of interests. Of course, all fans have a favorite character, and in turn, we have a book recommendation to pair up with the quirky superpower-strong student that speaks to you.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
If you love One aka Luther aka Spaceboy, read Resistant by Rachael Sparks
In a desperate attempt to save Luther’s life after a failed mission, Reginald infused Luthor’s blood with gorilla DNA. Afterwards, out of a need to make Luther feel useful and put space between them, Reginald sent Luther to the moon on a mission. Similarly, Rory’s mother injected Rory with experimental drugs, hoping to protect her from the bacterial virus killing huge portions of the population. After, her mom fakes her death. Upon discovering their parents’ deceit, both Rory and Luther remain loyal.
If you love Two aka Diego aka The Kraken, read Deepest Blue by Mindy Tarquini
As Number Two, Diego has always felt second best next to golden boy Luther. He feels as if he was meant for great things, but his fate has been usurped by his brother. This literally happens to Matteo in Deepest Blue. His fate is to be the Legendary Protector—it was charted in the stars upon his birth—but his older brother pulls rank and takes up the mantel instead. Like Diego, Matteo must find his own way, away from the destiny he thought was for him.
If you love Three aka Allison aka The Rumor, read Sarah’s War* by Eugenia Lovett West
Allison’s power is one of manipulation. She can make people do whatever she wants by simply saying “I heard a rumor…” followed by whatever it is she wants them to do. While Sarah doesn’t actually have superpowers, she utilizes the same sort of manipulation tactics to uncover tactics of the Loyalist forces during the Revolutionary War. Like Allison, at some point, Sarah decides that the costs are too high and stops.
If you love Four aka Klaus aka The Séance, read Within Reach by Jessica Stevens
Klaus’s power is communication with the dead, and it is a power he numbs with the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Like Klaus, Lila has the dead trying to communicate with her—specifically her recently deceased boyfriend, Xander. She may not be abusing drugs like Klaus, but her anorexic tendencies have taken a stronger grip on her than ever. The real question is, will she listen to what Xander has to say, or will she let him go?
If you love Five, read But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh
Five doesn’t have a proper name, because at age thirteen, he time-traveled into the future and got stuck. Grace, the children’s robo-mom, hadn’t given them names yet. Like Five, Emma Sweetwine travels forward in time and gets stuck—but she switches places with her doppelganger, Sonnet McKay. Even more so than the time travel element, the feeling of misplacement rings true to Five. When he comes back—seventeen years later to his siblings, but forty-five years later to him—he returns in his thirteen-year-old body.
If you love Six aka Ben aka The Horror, read The Restless Hungarian* by Tom Weidlinger
Out of all the Hargreeves children, Ben may have had the most contentious relationship with their father. Even as a child, he didn’t want to be a superhero. He resented having to use his powers to kill bad guys, but caved to the pressure of his father and siblings. Like Ben, Tom had a contentious relationship with his father. The Restless Hungarian is his attempt to sift through the half-truths and reconcile who his father was with what he remembers of him.
If you love Seven aka Vanya aka The White Violin, read The House Children* by Heidi Daniele
While all the Hargreeves children could relate to The House Children, as they were given up by their mothers and put in an institution, it goes beyond just that for Vanya. When Peg learns that Norah is her mother, she deals with anger and feelings of abandonment. Similarly, when Vanya learns a truth about herself that her father has kept from her, her feelings of anger and exclusion boil over in a quite unhealthy way.
*not out yet, but available for preorder now