Thursday, April 7, 2011

Invasion (ARC)

Author: Jon S. Lewis
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction/Fantasy
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Age Range: 12+
Pages:  320
Date Scoot Read: March 2011
: eBook from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson

Scoot's Rating: 6- Good read with small flaws.

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
He didn't ask for the job, but now all that stands between us and chaos... is Colt

Colt McAlister was having the summer of his life. He spent his days surfing and his nights playing guitar on the beach with friends. He even met a girl and got his first car. But everything changes when his parents are killed in a freak accident.

He's forced to leave his old life behind and move to Arizona with his grandfather. The only person he knows at the new high school is a childhood friend named Dani. And Oz, a guy he's sure he's never met but who is strangely familiar.

But what if his parents' death wasn't an accident? His mother, an investigative reporter, was going to expose a secret mind-control program run by one of the world's largest companies. Before she could release the story, what if agents from Trident Biotech made sure she couldn't go public?

Vowing to uncover the truth, Colt gets drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible gateways.

The Invasion has begun.

Scoot’s Review:
Colt is the youngest son in a family full of brothers.  He is the smallest, but has the wit and personality to stand out above the crowd.  Colt doesn’t know it, but his is entire world is shrouded in mystery and lies.  The wool is pulled from his eyes when his parents are killed in a tragic accident and he is sent to live in a new state with his grandfather.    Colt learns quickly that the world around him is not what it seems and he is pulled into action with his friends Oz & Dani to solve a mystery and save lives.  There wasn’t anything wrong with this novel, other than the fact that it just couldn’t keep my attention.    It was a fun read with a lot of classic-style comic book references, aliens and real superheroes.  It was well written and pretty quickly paced; very dense with action.  There were robots, aliens, mind control, secret government agencies and teens saving the world.   Along with all of the non-stop action (literally – I am pretty sure this kid never had a chance to sleep!) there were tragic events and heartfelt conversations that held strong emotional pulls and helped you connect with Colt.  Colt himself was a good lead character, an all around great guy that you were rooting for the entire novel.  Although I feel kind of apathetic about this novel, it was good and I would recommend it for younger teens who love sci-fi, video games and comics.  I might have loved this book at their age, but it just didn’t keep me hooked as well at this time.  Invasion was an enjoyable, fast paced start to a new series that I feel a lot of people will like. 


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