Series: C.H.A.O.S. #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action Adventure
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 4,2011
Copy Provided By: Publisher
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.
In a nutshell Invasion is Men In Black with a young adult twist. Yep, Aliens are real and like the movie mentioned above some are good, some are bad and its up to a secret organization to make sure they all remain hidden. That being said, I am totally impressed by how the Author made Invasion feel unique.
I love the alternative history told brilliantly through the use of Comic books. Letting the reader know about Colt's love for the Phantom Flyer early on and then later reintroducing the comics as being based on real events was so clever. It also explained how Colt knew so much about the aliens and the C.H.A.O.S. organization without having to spend chapters bringing him and us up to speed.
Another thing that was really cool to see were the gadgets and weapons created for this series. The chips the Trident Corporation created were the scariest aspect about this book especially because the recipients genuinely needed them. The poor patients had no clue their "cure" made them unwilling pawns in an interplanetary struggle between good and evil. Also FYI, I totally want a Jetpack and robot butler after reading this.
Now if I had any gripes about Invasion it would be the characters. Don't get me wrong I liked Danielle, Colt and Oz but had I not known they were teenagers I would of assumed they were in Middle not High School. They just read a bit juvenile at times. I also had to wonder why none of Colt's siblings called to check up on him. I can't recall a single call from them once Colt transplanted to Arizona. Surely Colt's Grandfather or even the C.H.A.O.S. organization would let the brothers know he was in trouble. Even if for some reason they wanted to protect the brothers and keep them in the dark, wouldn't they still call just to check up on Colt as a general hey how are you type thing?
On the other hand, I loved Colt's Grandfather and his teacher Mr.Pfeffer. It's always nice having enjoyable background characters. Plus Trident and the Thule were great villains. I cannot wait to see the havoc the Thule cause once they start arriving en masse.
Overall, I really enjoyed the first book in the C.H.A.O.S. series and cannot wait to get started on Book 2! I also really want to give kudos to the author for making a clean yet thrilling book about an impeding alien invasion. Invasion never lacked for action and as an adult reader I appreciated that the author was willing to put the characters into uncomfortable and sometimes scary positions. I really believe I can recommend this to Adults and Teens alike. I love books that I can share with my kids and still find enjoyable myself! In the end, If you like action, science fiction and strong writing then definitely pick this one up and give it a go. I will be rating Invasion by Jon S. Lewis ★★★★.