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Super Human

Super Human

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by Michael Carroll

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Four thousand years ago the world’s first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he’ll usher in a new age of


Four thousand years ago the world’s first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he’ll usher in a new age of tyranny unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Determined to stand against them, using powers they’ve only just begun to master, is a ragtag group of young heroes. For them this first test may be their greatest . . . and last.

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Publishers Weekly
Carroll's alternate version of our world includes superpowered heroes and villains, but even they are falling victim to a global epidemic. Or at least the adults are--teenagers, superhuman or not, are immune. So when a group called the Helotry plans to resurrect an ancient, invincible superhuman named Krodin, the only people in their way are a handful of teenagers. These include telekinetic Roz; superstrong Abby; Thunder, who manipulates sound waves; and a con artist named Lance. But they have little experience using their powers, and none working as a team. Balancing abundant action with moments of introspection, Carroll's (the Quantum Prophecy trilogy) exuberant prose is just right for setting, story, and characters alike--this is basically a novel-length superhero comic, sans illustrations, and should easily appeal to fans of the X-Men, Justice League, etc. The young heroes are both brave and terrified, often acting solely because it's the only way to save their families. They're clever, yet make mistakes, which casts them in a more realistic light. Ages 10–up. (May)
Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books
It is refreshing that the lines between good and evil are elegantly blurred.
Readers can dive right in without having read the trilogy, but…once they start, they’ll want to finish all four books.
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
Into the ordinary, unsuspecting small town of Fairview, South Dakota, comes a force of extraordinary evil. The Helotry are trying to resurrect Krodin, a notoriously cruel, nearly indestructible ruler who lived over four thousand years ago. They removed the threat of adult intervention, including the superheroes and superhumans, by creating a virus rendering everyone over eighteen too sick to fight. But they didn't plan for the four young teens left standing as the adults around them fell ill. Three are superhumans, with the skills of extreme strength, telekinesis, and manipulation of sound. The fourth teen, although an ordinary human, has an innate criminal intelligence that makes him invaluable. Can these teens form a team that will save the world? Comic book elements are scattered throughout the story, but they tend toward the violent, not the humorous. The four main heroes of this story are all in their early teens, with no one old enough to have a driver's license, but the battles they fight are brutal. The characters and their superpowers are likable and inventive, but their individual stories are shared somewhat haphazardly. Some story lines, like reversing the plague in minutes after a superfast superhuman manages to physically touch every adult in the entire world, stretch the boundaries of belief too far. This book will appeal to underserved boy readers, with a fabulously dangerous-looking cover and promises of extreme action, but the disjointed explanations of the Helotry and Krodin's life may not help in retaining their readership. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Fifteen-year-old Roz Dalton is on her first mission. She has recently developed her superhuman power of telekinesis. Her older brother, Max, is one of the most well-known superhumans and has been preparing her, but she is extremely nervous and insecure as their team approaches a group trying to take control of a nuclear plant. Yet when her brother and the Army Rangers fall ill and are captured, the mission depends solely on her. Help arrives in the form of two other very new superhumans and one regular teen. Abby and Thunder are just discovering their powers. Abby is super fast and Thunder controls sound waves. Lance has no special power but he depends on quick wit and problem-solving to take control of a situation. When all of the adults fall prey to a deadly plague, the four teens must save the world from the Helotry, an evil group who seeks control of the world. Led by Slaughter they plan to resurrect Krodin, the first superhuman, who died almost 5000 years ago. Readers are taken on an action-packed ride as the teens fight supervillains for the safety of the world. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Nearly 4500 years ago, the Fifth King—a godlike, violent man who brought the entire known world under his rule—vanished from his palace balcony in full view of hundreds of his subjects. Now, in the present-day United States, a group calling themselves the Helotry is determined to bring him back. These fanatics create a plague that affects adults all over the world, including the contemporary superheroes who had the best chance of stopping them. But the Helotry has not counted on opposition from a newly formed group of teen superheroes (and one "normal" but extremely clever and resourceful 14-year-old) unaffected by the plague and determined to use their powers to save the day. The characters are introduced at a rapid-fire pace that may be difficult for less advanced readers to follow, and the book's ending is somewhat abrupt. However, the continuous action and entertaining interactions among the teen protagonists will likely win over some fans of superhero comics and adventure novels.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews
When the adults mysteriously fall sick, it's up to telekinetic Roz Dalton and her motley collection of burgeoning teen superheroes to defend the world against the machinations of the Helotry, a shadowy organization dedicated to returning the deadly Fifth King, an ancient superhuman that fought for the Assyrians against Egypt 5,000 years ago, to power. Packed with extended fighting scenes, soaring flights and vicious battles of wit, Carroll's adventure honors the best of superhero narratives. The empowered teens take to their powers quickly, with any turmoil over the use of their abilities happening off the page, which keeps the momentum going. However, a disposable romance and the author's heavy hand in portraying moral absolutism hamper the overall tale. The supervillains appear disconnected from their nature; they are reluctant to use their abilities, making their ruthless reputations undeserved. Though this may help propel the plot, the author provides insufficient character back story to support such a contradiction. Decently executed superhero fare, but it doesn't rise up, up and away. (Action. YA)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Super Human , #1
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1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Michael Carroll lives in Ireland.

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Super Human 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Abby Haug More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book at my school and couldn't put it down. I never did get to finish it, but i really wanted to. Now that i got a nook i can buy it!!!!!!!!! You MUST buy this book. It IS amazing!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Five millennia ago, the Super Human Krodin became the ruler of Egypt. He literally led his army against the powerful Assyrians destroying the enemy as he could read minds and possessed strength beyond a hundred mortals. After Assyria, other nations fell to Krodin's might. In the present, the adult populace becomes ill in a horrific pandemic outburst. The Helotry has begun its plot for world domination with spreading a disease and bringing Krodin to modern times as their adulated leader who will be dictator of earth. An insurgency surfaces that seems laughable; but shockingly they gain victories over the Helotry. This small group thwarting the powerful Helotry is teens with superpowers led by telekinetic Roz Dalton. This is an entertaining save the world thriller that pays homage to the Teen Titans of DC. Action-packed throughout, young adult readers will relish the teenage heroes battling the ruthless villains while their parents are ailing. Although the villains fail to live up to their reputation as callous and cold-bloodedly cruel (no Joker in the pack) and a romance seems more of a requirement (pet peeve of mine -others might like the relationship sidebar), this is a fun good superhero vs. bad supervillains. Harriet Klausner
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
Written by Michael Carroll, author of the Quantum Prophecy series, "Super Human" is a completely action-packed, suspenseful book! Like Quantum Prophecy, this book has super humans in it, and it actually takes place during the time in which Quantum Prophecy's main characters' parents are in their twenties. However, the reader does not have to read the Quantum Prophecy series before reading this book in order to understand it. Fast-moving, with not one dull moment, "Super Human" is a wild ride which is impossible to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good ending made me want more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books i have read and i have read alot
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I borrowed this book from the library but it was fanstastic nonetheless. I like fiction in general and superhumans in particular, and this series quickly became one of my ultimate favorites. Carroll is an amazing author and keeps ou guessing even after ou put the book down.
customer2 More than 1 year ago
crap book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate him because he made everyone forget at the end that pokrine and roz had something that made me mad i just wished the fifth king killed him or pokrine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U r an even bigger cry baby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Play munchkin with me please alfa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i as brawn than I would just kill Max.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh yeah? Well i have the power to break wind. Beat that sucka
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series by my favorite author is getting five stars all around. Im having trouble deciding which one i like most!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was the best book I read so far. it has so much action and adventure. every chapter had me on the edge of my seat. when I first picked the book up i couldn't put it down. i am in love with book.  i have never would have thought that little lance would rise up and become his own super hero. this book has thought me that you don't need super powers to defeat a villain. it has opened my eyes to see that police officer and firefighters are all super heroes in their own unique way. this is what made me fall in love with this book. the only book i ever read that i can get a clear message from. I cant forget about the only super villain i like krodin. he is the best at what he does and is power is amazing. the man has concurred nations with out breaking a sweat . this book just has it all with the characters i creates. so you should read this book it is the best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, high suspense factor, and will leave you hungry for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It's got action right from the start and it finishes with it. It's great not waiting for a "good" or "exciting" part to come, because it's there throughout the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!! Loved this book XD.... Awesome great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, interesting, and exciting all in all a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Picked up this book for my nephew since he was yet to read something this summer. I ended up getting this book for my nook so as to be able to quiz him and make sure that he read it and it was surprisingly good. Reminded me of my comic book days without the pictures...definately a fun quick read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book i've ever read. I couldn't stop reading it as soon as I picked ut up.