I read this young adult novel in 2002, but I remember that the book from the library had some wear and tear, so it could have been published in the 1990s.

It's been some time, but I will try to give every detail I can. In the book, a group of children/teenagers/youths are transported to the future. They also somehow gain superpowers or strengths. I remember one male character's power was that he knew everything - even things that did not yet happen. Additionally, I distinctly recall one female character's power, that she could regenerate limbs. There may or may not also be a super fast character - I am shaky on whether this one actually exists.

In this future, there was some event, possibly a nuclear war, that severely depopulated the planet, and created large or fearsome rats or cockroaches. There was also a group of bad guys that this group of teenagers was in conflict with that might have had cybernetically enhanced limbs. I don't really know why they were fighting.

I do remember the ending fairly well. The female character who can regenerate limbs is trapped while swimming in a sewer, and is forced cut off her arm. Later in the battle with the villains, this same character is killed. At the end of the book, it turns out that the chopped-off arm in turn generates a whole second body of this recently deceased character.

I always had a problem with this ending - I remember thinking that a copy of me that grew off an arm is not me, and it drove me crazy even in grade school. All the other characters were fairly relaxed about the whole "body growing from an arm" situation too.

I thought the name was something like "The Omega Children." Think a common Greek letter like Alpha / Beta / Gamma and "children" or "kids" or something along those lines. Also, this whole name thing is rather unsearchable and quite possibly wrong.

I'm sorry if this one has already been asked and answered - I have forgotten so many details, all I really remember is this arm-regeneration thing.

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    Argh...I remember reading this book, but just can't think of the title. Someone else tried looking for it here earlier this year, but didn't get a response.
    – Praxis
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 4:13
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    @Praxis, can you add any more details from your memory?
    – Otis
    Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 19:56
  • possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/15847/…
    – Otis
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 12:19

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This reminds me of the Mindwarp series, by Chris Archer. The first book was published 1997, the last in 99. The protagonists are a group of thirteen year old kids, who gain special powers (all different ones) - they are also called the alpha kids in the stories, and their opponents the omegas.

One boy has the sight - he can see things that haven't happened yet. One girl has a regeneration power. There are others including translating language, shapeshifting, and I think electricity. They do end up in the future at one point (6th book), and it has been taken over, destroyed.

I don't specifically recall the sequence of her regrowing from an arm though it sounds familiar, however she does regenerate from getting cut in half, with the half that survives grown from her legs, missing both head and heart (which is essentially the same issue, I had it too, ack). This happens in the 2nd book.

It might no be the same thing, but it looks pretty similar to me. Hope this helps.


I can’t know for sure without buying the book too and reading it, but based on the summaries and free samples I’ve found I’m pretty sure it’s the 8th book in the Mindwarp series: “Face the Fear” by Chris Archer. The only thing I really remember with any clarity is the sewer arm re-growing bit and the doppelgänger ending you described. I don’t even think I read any of the other books in the series as a kid.

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