Sunday, February 5, 2012

Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

Alienation (C.H.A.O.S., #2)Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads: The invasion was only the beginning . . .
After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books-one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don't even scratch the surface.
Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt is now training at the secret Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural academy. But strange accidents seem to follow him. . . even with the security of the school grounds. What first seems random soon turns deadly. But who is targeting Colt?
As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they're forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.

My take: This is book 2 in the series and very easy to jump into without a lot of work. Colt, the protagonist, is ready to enter the C.H.A.O.S. training with his best friends. The problem is that Colt doesn't know who he can trust. It becomes clear, early on, that someone wants Colt dead and he is being followed. An alien who can shape shift is provided as a hired assassin which gives the thriller more interest. Also, Colt unknowingly (although he discovers) carries a secret within him that could be very dangerous depending on the political party or planetary race. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

The book is well paced, a quick read and provides the reader with a dose of higher power and God. Colt's grandfather is religious and Colt shares his beliefs and struggles with ethical dilemmas. The book is well suited for a teenager who enjoys a little bit of action mixed in with some alien domination threat along with some social strife common for teens.

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