Sunday, May 20, 2012
Alienation (The C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy) by Jon S. Lewis
YA Science Fiction
I received a free copy of Alienation (The title was what caught my attention) from Amazon Vine. This is book two in the trilogy. I have not read book one but I did not have any trouble keeping up. There was a lot of back-story dropped in small snippets throughout the book and it was enough to keep me from feeling lost. In addition, issue 12 of The Phantom Flyer, The Menace of the Thule comic book is at the beginning of the book. That let me know who was who before I ever started to read the book.
Here is the story as posted on Goodreads:
Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt McAllister 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?
Plot: Very fast moving. This is like many middle books in a trilogy this puts in place the elements for the next story. One problem is solved but many remain.
Characters: The three main characters have a lot of action time and are well developed. I did have trouble with one of the main characters reaction to the main problem in the story. It just did not ring true to me. Several of the secondary characters are crucial to the story line. They were not as well developed.
Writing: Jon S. Lewis is also a comic book writer. There is a section at the end of the book on the difference in writing graphic novels and books. You can tell he knows his craft. Everything in the book moves smoothly to a climax.
This was a very fast read. The book is only 250 pages long and everything moves very fast so I started reading and did not want to put the book down. All in all Alienation was a very good book.
Thomas Nelson published Alienation by Jon S. Lewis in 2011.