This is the first in a series of books by a new author. Despite working around the additional challenges that cerebral palsy brings, Sean Armstrong has worked hard on the series of six novels. He’s a remarkable man and has a great passion for his writing, despite his disability.
We are set in the very near future, where scientists are working on a cure for cancer. The first human trials are carried out with some dramatic and unforeseen results. Test subjects injected with the serum develop new abilities and powers. The evil Dr Young adapts the serum to heighten these effects and sells out to the government. A new race of people is created.
The first book in the series follows our heroes Ben Fox and his girlfriend, Stacey Roberts. Ben has formed a band of Mega Humans and has created a safe place for them to live called Haven. The Mega Humans are ostracized by society.
Haven is under attack from the Government, the military, and an opposing band of Mega Humans called The Outcasts, as alliances are formed, broken and re-formed. Their very existence is under threat.
Meanwhile, Stacey, the green-skinned girl, is coming to terms with changes in her abilities as she adapts and evolves to another change in her metabolism. Her new power develops as the story unfolds, but is it a blessing or a curse?
We have the conflict and resolution of fringe relationships. Stacey is reunited with her estranged father, the scientist James Roberts, instrumental in developing the serum with Dr Young.
The plot is fast and pacey, and nothing stands still for long. The characterisation is strong as relationships develop, break and reform. The characters are well-developed, bright and—colourful.
Armstrong has set the seal well on the first book in the series. Aimed at a young adult readership, these books are a must for anybody that loves a good old, down-to-earth superhero—the book is packed with brains, brawn and abilities.
A Best Book Editors recommended read.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.