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Stronger: A Super Human Clash
     

Stronger: A Super Human Clash

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by Michael Carroll
 

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The critically acclaimed Super Human series reaches its shocking conclusion

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

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The critically acclaimed Super Human series reaches its shocking conclusion

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.

Michael Carroll delves deeper into the life of one of his favorite characters and in the process gives readers his most satisfying, exciting adventure yet, which leads directly into his Quantum Prophecy trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Wallace
On a hot September Sunday, during Pastor Cullen's sermon, twelve-year-old Gethin Rao fidgets, dreading singing his impending solo. He begins to feel physically sick. Rushing off to the restroom, he experiences an astounding transformation, becoming a thirteen-foot blue super human. Unable to communicate with his family or fellow parishioners, Gethin's appearance terrifies the congregation. The police are called. The blue super human is unable to explain what really happened, so everyone assumes he killed and ate Gethin. He runs from the scene, spending the next thirty years unable to trust anyone. He is alternately feared and exploited for his super powers, and the government attempts to isolate him, finally placing him in a high-security prison in Siberia. There Brawn, as Gethin comes to be known, is controlled by a sadistic warden who kills his friends to punish any infraction of the rules. The story is bleak and depressing in many ways. Gethin is constantly misunderstood, unable to interact with friends and family, and misused because of his super powers. Darkness and violence pervade the book, but Gethin's innate goodness empowers him to do the right thing even though it almost costs him his life on many occasions. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, which, while well documented, lend a choppy, disconnected feel, reminiscent of a comic book. Its appeal is limited by its audience in any particular collection, making it a nonessential purchase for some libraries. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
VOYA - Iain McCormick
Taking place in a world where super humans reign supreme, this book happens to be anything but super. With a writing style meant for younger teens, along with some over-the-top violence, the story often seems disjointed and convoluted. In addition, it often instills a feeling of despair and desolation. With the action scenes few and far between, this read will be a novel readers will likely forget. Reviewer: Iain McCormick, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
The third in the Super Human series continues to deliver a high-octane blend of concept and action. Gethin Rao never expected a Sunday choir performance to drastically alter his life. In a brilliant flash, he changes into a 12-year-old bright-blue giant whose skin is nearly bulletproof and who can crush cars and helicopters with his bare hands. Gethin becomes Brawn and collaborates with others who have been given extraordinary abilities, but he grows to distrust their leader. When faced with a pivotal choice, Brawn follows his conscience, betraying the superheroes and branding himself an outlaw. Examining the lifespan of a single superhuman and tracing his passage from idealist to relativist, Carroll creates an utterly compelling narrative that ends all too soon. Experiencing an authentic emotional journey over years spent running and suffering, Brawn touches all the chords. Carroll introduces flaws at the right moments, making his giant blue man feel more real than many other protagonists in teen novels today. The moral absolutism of the first in the series (Super Human, 2010) makes a momentary reappearance, but in the most fitting of ways. Readers beguiled with the Super Human trilogy can plunge immediately into the Quantum Prophecy trilogy, to which this has been a prequel. They will be glad they don't have to wait. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
From the Publisher
* "Delivers a high-octane blend of concept and action" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Gethin Rao is a 12-year-old choir boy who suffers a sudden inexplicable transformation during church service one Sunday, becoming a blue-skinned giant who is almost impervious. Twenty-seven years into the future, he is a prisoner known as "Brawn," made to mine platinum with others like him in a secure domed facility in an unknown location. His size hasn't changed, so he is still very strong but he is no longer super powered. The novel switches back and forth between these two time periods. In the earlier storyline, he is captured more than once and spends much of his time fleeing and hiding. Whenever he tries to return to civilization, he is attacked, both by police and foes with superhuman abilities. At the mine, Brawn struggles to survive under constant harsh treatment by the overseer, who has no qualms about killing other prisoners to punish him. Readers never learn how Brawn ends up in the prison and the possibility of escape for him only appears in the conclusion. Eventually the kindhearted monster is recruited by two powerful groups and must make a choice between them. Like a single graphic novel from a superhero universe, Stronger can be appreciated by itself but it is certainly part of a larger whole; there are links to other books in the series that may take place before, after, or at the same time as this one. Carroll fans or hero comics readers will snap this up but others may wish to start with the two earlier volumes.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399257612
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2012
Series:
Super Human Series , #3
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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* "Delivers a high-octane blend of concept and action" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Michael Carroll lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Stronger: A Super Human Clash 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My goodness best book ive read yet I wanted another book about brawn but then I realized its a clash so there will be other heroes but I think brawn is the most dangerous and most loved character so yeah I would love another book about brawn!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Stronger more than any of the other super human books, because I though Brawn was a very dynamic character and I could sympathize with him more than any of the heroes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me saying i loved the book is literally just an understatement. I felt so bad for brawn, and hated how his life was completely turned around when he became a superhuman. You wrote an amazing book, and although i haven't gotten around to finding the quantum prophecy because it's not available near book stores near me i look forward to reading them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know why other people are talking about cats when they should be complimenting this magnificent book. This book held me from start finish. I loved how you could get a perspective from Brawn, so different from Lance's or Abby's view. Michael Carroll is a terrific writer and you will not be sorry if you get this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But what about lance and the others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of tge best suoerhuman books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, the best one ive ever read, and i cant decide which one i like most! 5 stars for all of the super human titles hands down. Im also looking forward to buying hunter, keep up the good work. You are my favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Brawns story is just amazing. This is a must read
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This book has swag written al over it
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