It’s been ten years since Connor Connolly lost his parents in ‘The Battle’; a fight between The Governor and Jones, two of the world’s strongest metas. Before ‘The Battle’ the world had been full of metas, super-powered humans whose amazing abilities came from mysterious wristbands. Since that day one has never been seen again.
Now 16-years-old, Connor lives in Bay View City with his older brother Derrick, a meta-obsessed blogger, where he’s just trying to keep his head down long enough to survive high school. All of that changes the night he attempts to save a girl's life and wakes up to find the first new pair of metabands anyone has seen wrapped around his wrists.
Connor soon finds an unlikely ally in Midnight, a masked vigilante who helps him learn how to harness his new abilities, while also trying to balance his summer job at the lake. As a meta, Connor becomes known as Omni, potentially the most powerful meta the world has ever seen, but it isn’t long before he finds out he's no longer alone...
©2013 Tom Reynolds (P)2014 Tom Reynolds
The story was okay; there were some general flaws with the pacing and what not, but it was still a fine diversion. The author should not have tried to narrate it himself, however. Every character had the same voice, and there were many times when I couldn't tell if another character had started speaking or it was still the original one, nor could I tell when the hero was thinking to himself or speaking out loud. There was also a lack of gravity during the action scenes, it was just being read out of the book flat. I might consider reading the second book, but unless there's a new narrator I wouldn't get the audible version.
Audio books balance my life. I commute 2 hours a day and audio books save my mind from exploding in traffic.
The story is a great super hero coming of age story but the author reading his own work is like listening to a high school chemistry teacher give a lecture while running his finger nails down a chalk board.
Read by anyone who is trained to read audio books.
Loved the story, kept me engaged through the whole story.
The story was fairly easy to follow, and not completely obvious as to what would happen next.
Well spoken and brought more of the writers expression on how the story was meant to be told.
Yes, because it kept my interest throughout the whole story.
I'm a fan of the podcast The Complete Guide To Everything, and so I thought I'd give Tom's book a try and it was pretty good. Great job Tom :) hope you have a second one in progress.
I really enjoyed this book. The premise made for an interesting storyline, and I liked the character development. would definitely recommend this audiobook.
The fact that it was totally scifi
How the heck did the bands get on his wrist. Somewhere in the story I hoped there would be
an explanation. Otherwise it crosses over to fantasy.
Meta is definitely not my longest book, but it doesn't waste time with pointless details either. It may be over quickly but you will end the ride.
The characters have fleshed out personalities. Even if a character is only a main focus briefly for the reader there is more substance to them, well at least most of them.
His voice acting was great as was his pacing. Not the best female voices though.
I laughed out loud several times during this book. My co-workers looked at me funny.
Tom, I really enjoyed your book, and kudos on the self done audio book, it came out way better than I would have accepted. Overall, I loved your book and would love to listen to another.
OK the book itself is awesome. I love this book and the author is great at writing this. That said.... well this is another example of good book gone bad by the author wanting to narrate it.... the lisp and lip licking is killing me!!!
yes, its a good book with a great story. My only gripe is I hate the main hero, he is unlikable, literally unlikeable. He is unrelatable, he is given a great gift and is too scared to use them. He over thinks every little bit. What action there is, is very good, when the hero is too scared to move that is.
very soothing voice
The reluctant hero
"New kid on the block writes like an old pro."
Yes Mr Reynolds performance was top notch and brought the characters to life.
The equine Easter egg towards the end of the book had me grinning from ear to ear.
I felt the final showdown was really well done and had me rooting for Connor without wishing to give spoilers all I can say is it was an intelligent and exciting climax.
It ain't easy being super.
I would normally have never picked a book with this subject matter up however being a huge fan of Tom's other audio work on the complete guide to everything I thought what the hell lets give it a whirl.I was shocked to discover a wonderfully engaging barnstorming tale of daring do.While paying homage to other comic book greats Tom also innovates and brings a raft of fresh ideas of his own to the party,with Connor we have a hero that we can relate to as he struggles to find his place in the world.
I have friends who enjoy comics or graphic novels if you prefer and one of their great woes is that once they finish one the urge to consume for is overwhelming.This is how I felt after finishing this wonderful romp if there were already more books in this series to buy I would have done so.I feel sorry for anyone discovering Tom's work in 20 years from now when he has a huge body of work behind him because they will be spending a fortune in a very short space of time.
"Easily accessible, even if superheroes aren't usually your thing."
When it comes to superhero stories I'm normally one to pass it up, however after dithering for a while I took the plunge and was not disappointed.
I've listened to Tom on the TCGTE podcast for more than 5 years and was worried his narration would be strange to my ear, however it was well paced, clear and articulated each character well.
The story itself - whilst clearly a superhero story - isn't so stupidly far fetched as to be incomprehensible and you get the sense that each of the characters has a significant back story that you really want to discover (seriously, what *is* the deal with Midnight?!).
I'd really recommend this to anyone.
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