Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Invasion by Jon S. Lewis


He didn't ask to be a hero, 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 truth, Colt is drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles, and invisible getaways.


Cons: Colt disobeys authority figures regularly, without much in the way of consequences.

There isn't much original in this book. The alien races and a couple of locations, but I felt like most of the plot had been done before. It was very familiar superhero stuff.

Pros: While there was some teen romance, it wasn't the typical boy-thinks-they're-best-friends-but-girl-has-a-crush scenario that I see in a lot of YA books. That was nice, because frankly I'm tired of that plot line.

I felt like the writing and characterization was well done, so despite the familiarity of the book, I enjoyed it.

I think it's very family friendly and especially would be great for preteen-teen boys.

Rating: three out of five stars

**I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.**


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