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Alienation - Young Adult Book Review
Alienation is book 2 of The C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy. C.H.A.O.S. meaning Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural, is an agency similar to the CIA and FBI. Instead of going after drug cartels or spying on the other countries, C.H.A.O.S. protects the world from nightmares like bioengineered monsters, alien life form, and sparkling vampires.
The world is in danger of being overrun by an army of alien shape-shifters called Thules. Talented teenagers are conscripted to the C.H.A.O.S. military academy to be trained as the last hope in saving the world.
Aside from being brought up amid alien threats, hover boards and super technology, high school friends, Colt McAlister, Danielle Salazar, and Oz Romero are typical teenagers.
Our hero, Colt McAlister has just discovered that as a young child he was injected with alien DNA in an attempt to create the ultimate weapon against the Thule. He has yet to see any physical results of the alien blood but does react with amazing instinct in fighting robotic monsters.
The prospect of Colt turning into a super-hero is threat to both the Thule and some in his own government. In this episode, Colt spends his time fending off attacks from supposedly friendly fire.
The prolog is in the form of a six page comic book at the beginning of the book. It was a fun way to catch up on the story. There was enough back-story that even though I had not read the first book of the series, I could quickly get a feel for the characters and easily fall into step with the action.
I rarely read young adult fiction but I enjoyed this sci-fi adventure. Alienation is action packed from beginning to end, solves the mystery and of course leaves plenty of room for book number 3.
The characters are real and likeable.
There is lots of well described but not too intricate action.
There is some violence and blood- shed but it is not gory or overly distressing.
This is Christian young adult fiction, but it comes across as a way to live not as a sermon.
Colt is given a medallion by his grandfather that contains a verse reminding him to rely on God.
Jon S. Lewis is the coauthor of the Grey Griffins trilogy with over 500,000 books in print and the upcoming Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He also writes for the DC COMICS family of publishers.
Mr. Lewis says, "In Alienation I want readers to realize that like Colt, we all have a special calling. We just need to figure out what it is."
I received a review copy of Alienation from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.
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