As an 8th grade language arts teacher, I'm always looking for good Young Adult books, particularly ones that will appeal to the boys. Invasion, the first in the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy, hits the mark. The book is about a 16 year old named Colt McAlister, who's parents die in mysterious circumstances. He is sent to live with his grandfather, who may or may not be the famous Phantom Flyer, a real-life comic book hero from World War II. Along the way, Colt joins up with Oz, Danielle, and romances Lily, all while trying to uncover an alien conspiracy. It's an exciting and fast-paced introduction to the series.
The story combines all the best elements of sci-fi movies, superhero comics, pop culture, and the "hero's journey" story. I kept envisioning Colt's adventures as a tv show, possibly a cartoon. The writing is crisp and the characters begin to show some depth as the story moves along. There is an ending to this story, but you'll want to pick up the next book as soon as it comes out. Colt's quest and purpose is far from over.
Finally, this book is published by Thomas Nelson. It has some subtle Christian themes, perfect to support the morals it's heroes try to adhere to.
I recommend this book to sci-fi, action, superhero fans of all ages, but particulary middle school boys. I look forward to it's sequels.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.