Friday, March 11, 2011

Invasion-Jo S. Lewis

Invasion was very different from the books I've typically read.  I've read a few science fiction and many fantasy books, but nothing that was quite like this.  The premise of the story is much akin to that of many comic books, however considering that the author is a DC comics writer, that seems to fit.

Colt McAllister is drawn into a war against things he thought only existed in comic books.
After a car wreck takes the lives of his parents, Colt moves to Arizona to stay with his grandfather. There, an informant tells him that his parents were actually murdered because his mom, a journalist, was getting ready to write a story exposing Trident Industries.
Along with Oz and Danielle, his new comrades at Chandler High, Colt vows to uncover the truth. But the more they learn, the more bizarre reality becomes. Mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles only scratch the surface of what they discover.
Colt is recruited by a secret organization called the Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural. But the battle isn't just against an out-of-control giant corporation. A gateway to another world is opening, and the invasion has already begun.

 While this is the first I've heard of the author, he did a very good job in the writing of the book.  Everything flowed nicely, the characters were appealing and realistic, and everything that an author should do in the writing of a book was perfect.  The plot however, was a little out of place.
The premise of the book was awesome, I loved the whole doomsday-alien aspect of the story.  How it was carried out though wasn't so great.  The book started very slow, and it never really took off.  Most of the time was spent on the story of the aliens and the good guys that fight them and never really show much of anything, until the last thirty pages or so, when was the books best part.
The ending left me wanting, but not liking where the direction was going from the last few paragraphs.  Some of different mindset may have thought differently, just my opinion.
Overall, it was good, but there were some places it could have been improved on.

I give the book 4 stars.

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