Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

Rating: ★★★★★
Series: C.H.A.O.S. #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: E-Book
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Copy Provided By: Publisher



Earth's last line of defense against the coming alien invasion is 16-year-old surfer Colt McAlister.

But before he can save the world, he has to survive the day.

All Colt wants to do is return to his old life . . . where aliens don't exist . . . where mankind hasn't been targeted for destruction . . . and where his parents are still alive. Unfortunately life doesn't work that way.

The United States government believes Colt holds the key to our survival, so they're sending him to the CHAOS Military Academy along with his best friends Oz and Danielle. There they'll be trained to defend Earth against a swarm of alien shape shifters known as the Thule. But someone is trying to eliminate Colt before he can lead that charge. Shocked to learn about key events in his past and unsure who he can trust, he is alienated and on the run.

In a world of high-tech gear, shape-shifting aliens, simulated reality, and hover boards, Colt must step into his true destiny before our world falls into chaos.



Review:

Alienation is the 2nd book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy and picks up shortly after Invasion left off. I'm just going to say it, I love this series!!  It really just keeps getting better and better! I was so concerned Alienation would suffer middle book syndrome. So I was definitely pleasantly surprised that this was not the case.

One of my favorite things about Alienation was its perfect pacing. My focus remain glued to the page, my mind never having a chance to wander. I read Alienation in one sitting, laundry and pangs of hunger ignored  just so I could keep reading.
I was actually surprised when it ended as I wasn't quite ready for it to be over. Yes, it was that darn good!

Secondly, I love these characters. One of my only problems with the first book was the characters felt younger than intended. Thankfully, this wasn't the case in Alienation. Oz, Danielle and of course Colt definitely matured. Of course I still love Colt's Grandfather he is just adorable. If he was ever cast in real life I could picture Clint Eastwood in the role. The part is perfect suited for him. I was also happy to see Lohr back as well as Ms. Skoglund. Out of the new characters introduced I can't wait to see more of Giru Ba!

While Alienation had some terrific fight scenes, I still think one of my favorite aspects of this book and the series in general is the absolute kick-butt weaponry and futuristic technology. The nanotech fabric, ugh Where can I get some?? Seriously it is cool! I also like the Hoverboards. Yeah they felt very Back To The Future but they also made perfect sense since Colt is a surfer.


Overall, I really have no complaints with Alienation.
Action, Adventure, Espionage and of course Aliens combine together to create a thrilling ride that frankly I don't want to get off of! In fact, I started book 3 Domination immediately after Alienation.  I have no doubt it will be just as, if not even more incredible than the first two. In the end I highly recommend picking this one up and of course book 1 Invasion if you haven't already. Doesn't matter if you're young or old this book has something for everyone. That being said, I will be rating Alienation by Jon S. Lewis ★★★★★.

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