by Michael Carroll
Pub: May, 2010
Teen Fiction 336 pages
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.
Superpowers. We've all wanted them at some point, and even if you're not willing to admit it, we still do. Super Human places us in a world full of heroes and villains where an evil cult called the Helotry are attempting to bring back the most powerful super being history has ever know.
We follow three protagonists. First is Lance McKendrick, a streetwise con-artist whose greed and curiosity get him sucked into their evil plot faster than a trailer into an tornado.
Second is Roz Dalton, telekinetic sister to the world famous superhero(and all around jerk) Max Dalton. She's the only professional Super after all of the adults are incapacitated
And last but not least is Abby de Luyando, super strong (but only when using metal), super fast, and super agile. An eager, but inexperienced, new superhero.
Due to a horrible plague that leaves all the adults, super or otherwise, dead or dying these few surviving heroes are the only hope for humanity.
This was one of those surprising treats. Hadn't heard about it but saw it in the bookstore and gave it a shot. It's a prequel to another series, Quantum Prophecy, which I haven't read it but based on the fun of SUPER HUMAN it's worth looking into.
BOTTOMLINE: Fast pace, unique plot with fun characters, wicked bad guys, awesome super powers, and even better battles! Good stuff!