Cover image for The awakening / Michael Carroll.
The awakening / Michael Carroll.


Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 2008.
Physical Description:
264, 10 p. ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in 2006.

"Born to be heroes"-- cover.
Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans--both heroes and villains--thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.


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CAR Paperback Junior Action Fiction
CAR Paperback Junior Action Fiction

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Fans of the hit TV show Heroes will love Quantum Prophecy!

Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them--until now. Thirteen-year-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.

Author Notes

Michael Carroll lives in Ireland.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This first volume in Carroll's Quantum Prophecy trilogy builds quickly on an intriguing premise. Ten years ago, all of the world's superheroes and supervillains vanished in a massive, climactic battle. As the 10-year anniversary of "Mystery Day" approaches, friends Danny and Colin discover that they are developing superpowers-Danny can move very fast and Colin has unusually sensitive hearing. The boys learn that their parents are in fact retired superheroes; moments later they are kidnapped and taken to a hidden retreat where a genius named Cross works on a giant machine that strips those with superpowers of their abilities. Central to it all is the hero formerly known as Quantum, whose ability to foresee the future slowly drove him mad-and who had one particular vision of Danny, becoming the ultimate supervillain. Much of the action strains credibility, but appropriately so for a superhero story; the action is rigorously fast in places, making this a book easily read in one sitting. Carroll also does a good job shifting focus, keeping the reader wondering who exactly the good guys are for most of the story, which closes with a gem of a cliffhanger. More than a little reminiscent of The Incredibles, this is a fun start to a promising franchise. Ages 10-up. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In this futuristic tale, the previous generation of superheroes has lost its powers, the new generation's are appearing, and somebody's out to stop them all. There's a lot of series setup; this title spends too much time on background and not enough on the kids' adventures. The interesting premise, however, will draw in sci-fi fans eager to find out what happens next. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.