Domination by Jon S. Lewis is the third and final book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy. The story revolves around sixteen-year-old Colt McAlister, the grandson of the legendary Phantom Flyer, and his fellow cadets who are training to stop an alien invasion of Earth. Domination wraps up the storyline, bringing to an end this particular adventure. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another trilogy or two following the further adventures of Colt and his friends.
As the third book in a trilogy, Domination serves its function well. All the major characters are brought together, including Oz, Grampa, Danielle, Lily, Pierce, and Koenig, with a few surprises still in store. Additionally, the invasion of Earth by the Thule is wrapped up in a satisfying manner. I was pleased with the conclusion; however, it did seem a little rushed.
Lewis’s writing style is clean and fast-paced. There is very little down time in the story, which makes this ideal for a teenager, particularly middle-school aged boys. The chapters are short, the characters are pretty well drawn and believable, although they are closer to the hero ideal than a typical teenager.
My biggest fault with this book, and the series as a whole, is that there is just too much stuff shoved into such a short series. There are so many good, clever, and interesting ideas that they aren’t fully explored, which often results in a rushed feeling. For instance, Colt is involved in a semi-romantic relationship with Lily that started in the first book. Because there is so much going on with the alien invasion plot, after the first book the relationship begins to seem tacked on and extra to the plot. Also, Colt uses his Christian faith to encourage himself in his battle, but his Christianity is barely referred to until this point. Additionally, several of the characters’ motivations are only explained in brief, and this makes it seem like the story is missing depth.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the series and found it entertaining. I just believe that the first book did such a good job of introduction and set-up of the concepts, that Lewis could have added more, either pages or books. I would like to have seen the world of C.H.A.O.S. more fully realized.
I read an early copy in ebook form and there were multiple formatting issues that were often very distracting and caused problems in following who was speaking. Hopefully this gets resolved when the final copy is published.
That said, I would recommend Domination, as well as Invasion and Alienation, to readers who like their books with aliens, adventures, heroics, and teenage protagonists. I’d also highly recommend them to teenage readers, especially reluctant readers.
I received a review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.