Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Invasion (C.H.A.O.S. Series) by Jon S. Lewis

Synopsis :

Colt McAlister was having the summer of his life. He spent his days surfing and his nights playing guitar on the beach with friends. He even met a girl and got his first car. But everything changes when his parents are killed in a freak accident.

He’s forced to leave his old life behind and move to Arizona with his grandfather. The only person he knows at the new high school is a childhood friend named Dani. And Oz, a guy he’s sure he’s never met but who is strangely familiar.

But what if his parents’ death wasn’t an accident? His mother, an investigative reporter, was going to expose a secret mind-control program run by one of the world;s largest companies. Before she could release the story, what if agents from Trindent Biotech made sure she couldn’t go public? Vowing to uncover the truth, Colt gets drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles and invisible gateways.

I have many problems with this book. First, there were a few mistakes that were not picked up during editing process. A few errors of who said what and who did what. Next, I felt the storyline is a cross between Stargate (Stargate TV frenchises series) and Harry Porter. The invisible gateways what linked earth to other planets in the universe is so like the wormhole in Stargate that does the same. You just have to work through it and you are on another planet. The similarities to Harry Porter...there’s 2 boys (Colt & Oz) and 1 girl (Dani) in Invasion. Harry Porter also has 2 boys and 1 girl as the main characters. Colt is the chosen one by CHAOS to fight against the invasion which is the same as Harry being the chosen one to go against Voldemort. Then The CHAOS Military Academy can be the science fiction version of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and the book even introduce a hologram map which shows where everyone are in a particular location which sounds so much like the maraudes map that Harry has.

Even the above synopsis wasn’t really accurate...Colt met a girl during the summer? Nothing much was mentioned of the summer actually. It was rather rushed through. I also felt that the main characters weren’t well developed. It’s like the author can’t wait to get into the storyline and doesn’t really feel the need to expand the characters involved. Me think that would have brought more depth to the book if he has done so. :)

Would I buy this book for myself? No. Would I buy it for a young adult? I don’t think so too.

Anyway, this the the first of Colt's adventure and hopefully the rest of the other books would be better developed.  All the best to Colt if I dont read the rest of his adventures.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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