The Ascension: A Super Human Clash: A Super Human Clash

The Ascension: A Super Human Clash: A Super Human Clash

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by Michael Carroll
     
 

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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

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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.

In Michael Carroll's follow-up to the acclaimed Super Human, the world has been remade in the Chancellor's image, and it's about to get much much worse. Only this young band of heroes has a chance of stopping him, but can they return the world to what it was, or will they be stranded in this alternate world forever?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Kronin, apparently defeated at the end of Super Human (Philomel, 2010), returns at full strength, thanks to a clever twist involving time travel and alternate realities. This time, the arch villain is well on his way to conquering the world when the teenage heroes from the first book simultaneously jump into the picture. Their powers include super strength, telekinesis, and control of sound and air waves; and one has no powers but uses the art of persuasion with impressive results. The narrative jumps quickly from one hero to the next, so tracking the combination of multiple characters, parallel worlds, and frequent battle scenes may challenge readers, especially those unfamiliar with the first book. Plot threads become clearer as the story proceeds, though, and comic-book fans should enjoy the brisk pace and lively clashes. While their super abilities are their most interesting feature, the characters also struggle with personal and moral issues along the way, giving them distinct, if not complex, personalities. Kronin is an especially compelling villain, amoral rather than truly evil, almost indestructible and completely merciless. The appearance of a new figure named Daedalus triggers a couple of plot surprises, but ultimately feels anticlimactic when Kronin easily disposes of him. For the most part, though, the comic-book action progresses strongly throughout, leading to a clever finale that offers a satisfying triumph for the superhuman teens, yet still leaves room for Kronin to return in the future.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews

Carroll heads back to the world he created forSuper Human(2010) for a second adventure in teen-superhero territory.

After narrowly defeating the Helotry and Krodin, the ancient Fifth King, Roz Dalton, Lance McKendrick, Abigail de Luyando, Solomon Cord and James Klaus expect to return to their normal lives—or at least as normal as teen superheroes can manage. When a strange mist briefly envelops the world, though, the five teens find themselves in a new America, one ruled by Krodin and controlled by martial law overseen by the Helotry. With their memories of Krodin's viciousness and unnatural abilities intact, the teen team must find allies and attempt to defeat the Fifth King in a world he controls. The characters are much less absolute in their morality than in their first outing, making the narrative even more engaging. The teens struggle with the impact of their choices, and some of the former superheroes make appearances supporting the Helotry's ruthless policies. Lance's intelligence and quick wit are as strong as ever, while the reluctant Abigail comes more into her abilities. Futuristic technology integrates nicely with the superpowers for the climax.

One of those rare sequels that exceed the first.(Adventure. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399256240
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/30/2011
Series:
Super Human Series, #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
615,670
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.22(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Carroll lives in Ireland.

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The Ascension: A Super Human Clash: A Super Human Clash 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Its not a hard read but its enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who likes superhumans. Read the first book before the second! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i've ever read. It kept me on my toes. I couldn't put the book down.
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Cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only on the second book now and i cant stop reading. I hate max tho he is a jerk pokrine should have killed him in the first book. It sad that he did that to his sister
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are my favorite author i could sit here for years telling you how much i love your books. Ive read the whole super human series so far and am awaiting the fourth addition, hunter im just having trouble deciding which title i like the most!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a best, to tell you the truth i really liked it my fav out of the 3
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DeannyL More than 1 year ago
great adventure and twist!
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I read the first and this one they were most defidently top 5 sieres
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me on the edge of my seat>WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SEQUAL!!!
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Love the book cantstop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even better than the first
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I dont see why more people buy these books they are a great and exciting read!!!
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Elizabeth Joy More than 1 year ago
This book you can't put down ?m?z??g
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