By Jon S. Lewis
In Stores Now
I have to admit I’m a little late coming to the party on this one. “Invasion” was originally released early in 2011, the first book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy by Jon S. Lewis. I had seen it on the shelves and thought it looked really good but had just not found the time to read “Invasion.” With the release of the second book in the series in January of this year, the publisher re-released “Invasion” for reviewers and I jumped at the chance to read and review it.
Colt McAllister is just a normal California teenager, enjoying his summer surfing and hanging with his friends. His average, ordinary life is upturned when his parents die in a car accident. Colt moves to Arizona to live with his grandfather, where his life is upturned yet again when he discovers that his family has been involved for generations in a top-secret organization (CHAOS) protecting the earth from alien invasion and his parents’ accident was no accident. A world he thought existed only in video games and comic books has suddenly become very real. In a moment, Colt’s life goes from surfing and girls to aliens, rocket backpacks and covert government agencies. With the assistance of his friends, Colt helps CHAOS attempt to repel the alien invasion.
I really enjoyed “Invasion,” but then I’ve always been a sucker for alien invasion stories, comic books and video games. “Invasion” reads like a comic book come to life, which is no surprise given Lewis’s extensive experience writing comic books. The target audience for the C.H.A.O.S. series is 11-14, but it is a fun read for anyone, even adults, who enjoys aliens, conspiracy theories and comic books. The characters are very well-developed and interesting and the story keeps you engrossed as you discover the truth along with the characters. As long as you go into this knowing the age group it was written for, you won’t be disappointed. And if you have youngsters who love sci-fi, make sure you get this book in their hands.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, “Alienation” and see where Lewis takes Colt and his friends.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “Invasion” a 4.5.
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogging Program through booksneeze.com.