Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Let's Hear It For The Boys - Alienation by Jon S Lewis

Published: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 288
Copy: Courtesy of Netgalley and publisher
Summary: Goodreads

The invasion was only the beginning . . .

After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books-one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don't even scratch the surface.

Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt is now training at the secret Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural academy. But strange accidents seem to follow him. . . even with the security of the school grounds. What first seems random soon turns deadly. But who is targeting Colt?

As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they're forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.

'Alienation' is the 2nd volume in the C.H.A.O.S. series and as far as I'm concerned it fully lived up to it's potential.  The first volume 'Invasion' came out in Jan 2011 - see my review HERE, and I was very enthusiatic about it.  Alienation definitely did not disappoint.  Colt, Danielle and Oz are all set to join the CHAOS academy, but it would be just too much to hope that their arrival would go without complications. 

Without giving away too much there are lots of new gadgets, including hoverboards and simulators, more intriguing aliens and the action never really stops.  The best way I can think to describe this enjoyable story is a comic book without pictures.  The words paint the pictures this time.  It was like everyone's favourite comic book characters and situations are all rolled into one exciting and engrossing package.  It's a fairly quick read and it's more than suitable for younger teens, be they male or female - Danielle is definitely the brains of the bunch. We find out a little more about the characters' backgrounds and there are some very surprising twists, that for me anyway, were totally unexpected.  All in all lots of fun and highly recommended.

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