My generation loves to watch read books about vampires, play video games with zombies, and watch movies about aliens. Alienation by Jon Lewis would appeal to many young adults. It is set in a time where human’s have found life on other planets. It is the C.H.A.O.S. government agency’s job to protect the earth from the frightening alien race, the Thule, who, after destroying their own planet, are bent on taking over earth and destroying mankind.
Alienation is the second book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy (first being Invasion). The story centers around a 16-year-old boy named Colt who, with his best friend’s Oz and Danielle, are headed to the C.H.A.O.S. academy to start their counter alien attack training to counter the pending invasion. Yet, all is not as it should be, Colt is continually being hunted by someone (or something) because he has a secret that will defeat the Thule hoards.
This book is fast paced, easy to read, and riveting. The protagonist moves from one adrenaline high to the next. I haven’t read the first book (Invasion). This book did enough recapping that I easily followed the story, yet I still found myself wanting to read the first book. An interesting note is that Jon Lewis is a comic book writer, and this novel certainly carries the comic book feel. In fact in the end of the book, he tells how comic books are made and even a little story to start your own comic book.
The book also has a slight Christian undertone (it is slight). People in it refer to God and the Lord, and Colt wears a medallion with a verse on it about God being our refuge and help. In conclusion, the book is more entertaining then allegorical. It’s a clean, fun book that any teenage boy (or girl) would enjoy.
This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Booksneeze program. I am writing my own, unbiased review.