Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Book Review: Invasion

I know exactly what this title first brings to mind: aliens.  Well, you're right on.  The very title caught my eye, and I'm so glad it did.

Invasion by Jon S. Lewis is a juvenile sci-fi thriller starring Colt McAlister.  Colt is 16 and loving life; summer is great, he got his first car and he's surfing as much as he can.  Then a policeman knocks on his door to tell him his parents were killed in a car accident.  Suddenly he's moved in with his grandpa in Arizona and trying to make sense of life without his parents.  Then he gets a tip that his parents' death wasn't an accident.  His mother was an investigative reporter uncovering a story about a mind-control program run by a one of the world's biggest corporations, but "accidentally" died before the story could go to press.  As he digs to find out the truth, Colt finds himself in a secret world of aliens, shape shifters, flying motorcycles and invisible gateways.

This book was great.  I love a good sci-fi, and this book definitely satiates that thirst.  It was just a tad slow, as most of the book seems to be setting up for a good, long series, but I didn't mind.  Mr. Lewis not only nails sci-fi, but he does an excellent job writing about a 16-year-old boy.  I think all teenagers who have a geek streak will love this book.  As will any geeky adult who doesn't mind reading juvenile fiction, because you have to remind yourself that this is a book for teens. 

I'm looking forward to the next book.  Unfortunately, according to the back of the book the next one is not due out until January 2012.  And that's sad.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

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