Monday, May 30, 2011

The Ascension: By Michael Carroll



They'd done it. Not only had Roz, Abby, Lance, and Thunder survived their first battle with a super villain, they'd defeated him. Krodin was dead, and they had saved the world. Now everything could go back to normal-good old, boring normal. School. Parents. Friends.

But three weeks later, the world suddenly changes. The United States is under martial law, the people are little more than drones, and where Central Park should be there now stands a massive glass-and-steel building, home to the all-powerful Chancellor.


If you’re a fan of superheroes, non-stop action, or fantastic writing then you will absolutely love The Ascension.

The Ascension begins moments after the events of Super Human. The world is turned upside down, as instead of killing Krodin, Pyrokine sent him back in time, but only six years. Armed with the knowledge of the future and Max Dalton’s name, Krodin set about reshaping the United States into the empire he desired. Yet for some reason six years after Krodin was re-released into the world (or a few months after the events of Super Human) the Dalton’s, Lance, Paragon, Thunder, Brawn, and Abby are sent into this alternate reality with the knowledge of their own fight with Krodin. They set about fighting off his masses and trying once again to defeat this seemingly invincible enemy.

Of course my favorite aspect of The Ascension were the characters. Unlike Super Human, which acted as more of a prequel introducing the characters and setting up the story for The Ascension, this book takes the bones of the story and turns them into something greater. The characters are more well rounded, are forced to discuss greater issues such as the lines between right and wrong and good and evil, and really are just more engaging in general. My personal favorite characters this book were Thunder, Lance, and Brawn. You really get to see a different side of these super humans, explaining some of their background without dragging the story down. Not only that but Carroll discusses how Lance can always be caught in the middle of these super human issues, bringing up some fascinating points for the future of the series.

Of course most people wont delve into The Ascension for the characters, what most of the readers of this series want is action, and The Ascension has plenty to offer. Unlike some of Carroll’s other books The Ascension does a fantastic job keeping the action coming while the characters develop.

All in all readers will absolutely love The Ascension. The characters are interesting and well developed, their powers fascinating, the action non-stop, and the writing superb. This is a great read for anyone (especially preteen and teenage boys), and I can’t wait for the next in the series.

9.5 out of 10

Publisher: Philomel

Published: June 30, 2011

Price: $16.99

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