Invasion by Jon S. Lewis
Science fiction, fantasy, super heroes: I love books with all of these. Suspense, mystery, intrigue: bring it on! Invasion: quite a let down.
Colt is a normal, every day, surfer kid from California. When he is taken to a top secret military training facility to undergo special testing to see if he has what it takes to be a CHAOS agent, he is very surprised to learn that all he thought was make believe about aliens and other worlds is really real. But, when his memory is erased and he goes back to his ordinary life, things seem to be okay. Until the death of his parents and his move to live with his Grandpa. Then he realizes that things are not what they seem. He and his friends are caught up in a diabolical plan of world domination. Will Colt have what it takes to be a real CHAOS agent?
It sounds great, doesn't it? Sounds like a really good read. That's what I thought also when I read the description. But, then I read the book. If you are a movie buff, you may have watched Men in Black or Zoom. If so, you'll find strikingly similar elements. I know that many books really reuse the same basic plots over and over, but if you're going to do the same old thing, at least do it well. Invasion doesn't do it well. The whole "aliens are in our world and we never knew it" theme seems stilted and trite here. Colt discovering that all the comic book characters were really real also seems unbelievable and overdone.
The book is marketed by Thomas Nelson, but the publisher is really the only thing that makes this a "Christian" title. This may be a selling point for readers who want to enjoy the science fiction but aren't really looking for a book with a Christian message. But, for parents who are hoping that this will be a catchy story for young people with some good moral lessons and discussion points, this will be a disappointment.
I make a point to fully finish every book that I review for a company. Invasion made that difficult. The characters seemed trite. The story line was choppy and hard to get into. The action scenes were hard to read and understand. This was not a book I could really enjoy.
If you are a die hard sci fi fan and enjoy the comic book character stories, you may enjoy Invasion. It is marketed as a young adult book (ages 11 and up), so perhaps teens or preteens may overlook the trite, been there done that, story line. But, I think even my middle school kids would have a hard time getting into this one.
I rate Invasion with three stars because it may hae some appeal to sci fi fans. And, I'd give it a PG rating because of some comic book style violence and suspense.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.