Friday, November 19, 2010

The Awakening by Michael Carroll

Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them…until now. Thirteenyear- olds Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are in fact the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. As they rise to take the place of the lost generation, the unimaginable truth behind the explosive final battle that occurred ten years ago between the superheroes and the supervillains is exposed. And when the past resurfaces, Danny and his fellow superheroes must face the new challenges that threaten their survival. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.
I really liked The Awakening. It was an excellent superhero book, though a little predictable at times. I kind of guessed most of the plot twists a few chapters before they were revealed. The predictability didn’t take away from the story at all, because while I guessed things correctly, there were always questions leading up to the reveal. Like, I’d think I figured something out, then something would happen to make me question my theory, only for it to be proven right anyway.
I rather liked the characters in this book. Renata is definitely my favorite. She’s kind of made of awesome! The parts with her were my favorite to read, though often very short. Danny would have to be my second favorite. I was a little annoyed at how much he faded into the background, when the story is about Quantum’s prophecy and the prophecy is about him. You’d think he’d be there more. I really liked what happened to him in the end! If you’ve read it and know what I’m talking about, you probably think I’m a little sick. I just love things like that in books. **SPOILERS** Any author that can maim a character like that is okay by me. **SPOILER OVER**
The villains were pretty good. Actually, they were very good. Just the right mix of craziness and personal agendas.
I can’t think of much to say about Colin. While most of the story was focused on him, he wasn’t that interesting. There were a few exciting parts in his arc, but they were few and far between.
One thing I would change about this book is the action, I would put more of it. When I think superheroes, I think action. They go hand in hand most of the time.
Despite the lack of action, this was a really good book. The pacing was good, the characters were excellent, and the story was very interesting. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series. There were lots of questions at the end about what side everyone would end up on, and I’m really looking forward to the answers.

I give The Awakening 3 roller skates.
Cover: Eh, it's alright. I don't really like the colors, but other than that it's an okay cover.

Eclectically yours,


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Demitria said...

Looks like a good book to take a break from all the paranormal romance!

Orchid said...

I had to skip the spoilers *glares* because I haven't read it yet. I love superheroes so I'll definitely have to read this book. ^_^