Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Stronger: By Micahel Carroll



All Gethin Rao wants is to be like every other boy his age. But normal twelve-year-olds aren't blue. And they certainly aren't thirteen feet tall. That's what happens when his superpowers kick in. And from that moment on, his life is never the same. Treated as a villain--a monster--Gethin spends the rest of his life on the run or as a prisoner in a secret military facility.
When he finally escapes, he falls in with a group of superpowered teens and becomes the one thing he never thought he'd be: a hero. But as the years pass by and he takes the name Brawn, Gethin learns that being a good guy is a lot more difficult than he thought.


It's hard to exactly explain Stronger without giving away many if not all of the secrets of the other five books in the series (and the book of short stories that also helps clear up some mysteries). But what I can say with certainty is that any book that makes you want to drop everything you're doing and go re-read an entire series is one fantastic book.

Stronger acts as a rubber band tying the prequels and Quantum Prophecy series together. It spans the length of all of the books in the series (starting before the events of Super Human and ending during the events of Absolute Power). Readers MUST read the series before getting to this gem of a book. Stronger will answer many of the questions that readers have been pinning for since the publication of Super Human. What happened to Abby, Lance, and Thunder, and how did the events that lead up to Quantum Prophecy tie together with this rag tag group of superhumans.

Of course, what I found most impressive was the way that Carroll created such a complex setting for each of the characters. Brawn, a known villain through most of the series is much more than he seems, he is caring, protective, and most importantly a little boy turned monster who only wants to go back to the life he had before he was turned into a monster. Other characters true colors are also revealed. Readers will get to see from the eyes of Brawn some of the terrible manipulation that Max had done to the other superheroes for years. Even Ragnarok is explored in more detail, adding color to prominent character readers know very little about.

All in all Stronger was fantastic. It has tons of action, ties together many of the loose story lines, and is filled with strong well-crafted characters. Most importantly, Stronger is well written and captivating. Readers won’t be able to put down this book until the last pages, and even then they will have the uncontrollable urge to re-read the other books in the series. All in all a must read book for a must read series.

9.5 out of 10


Publisher: Philomel

Published: June 14, 2012

Price: $16.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Stronger-A-Super-Human-Clash/dp/0399257616/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340738002&sr=1-1&keywords=stronger

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