Friday, July 13, 2007

Quantum Prophesy: The Awakening by Michael Carroll

Ten years ago, superheroes roamed the earth, bringing evil to justice and saving humanity from itself. But in a battle against a supervillain, Ragnarok, all the superheroes lost their powers and were effectively lost forever. But now, it seems Danny and Colin, two best friends, have abilities that only superheroes could. Caught up in a whirlwind of conspiracy, the two and their "superhero" parents are kidnapped and sent to America, where Colin escapes and is set against not only trained soldiers but the mystery that is America. Danny and the adults find themselves in a secure bunker in California, where Danny must keep the villains at bay until Colin can come to save him. Colin locates the two superheroes who didn't lose their powers ten years ago, a superhero with no special powers to lose, and a telepath who was miracurously unaffected. Together, they try to rescue Danny and the others. But both Danny and Colin's struggles are rife with obstacles and betrayal, and they wonder who they can trust, and how they can possibly triumph over evil.

The book was a nice quick read, but not something to take seriously. The language was clumsy, and the plot was predictable. But it had its moments. There were times when the characters truly shone, and the narrative sparkled with clever, lively language. However, the majority of it was sluggish, and the action scenes were too short and unrealistic. The book had potential, but it was never realized.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 5

Reviewer Age: 16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Overland Park, KS United States