Today I'm featuring a book I was very excited to get my hands on: INVASION, by Jon S. Lewis.
Not only is he seriously one of the nicest, funniest authors I've met, he's the co-writer of one of my favorite middle-grade series: The Grey Griffins. INVASION is his first solo effort, and his first step into the YA age range, so I was DYING to see what he did with it. Cue much squealing when his publicist offered me a copy (which I will be giving away to one of you at the end of this post--but we'll get to that.)
Here's the official blurb from the publisher:
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.
Jet packs, mind control and the secret organization of C.H.A.O.S.? Um...yes please.
There were many things I loved about this book, like Jon's hilarious sense of humor, or the way he peppered in so many specific details about his settings that he totally nailed the feel of SoCal and Arizona (and as someone very familiar with both of those areas, I'm picky about that. Well done Jon!) But I think what I liked better than anything is that INVASION fills a gap in the market, a gap I often get asked for recommendations for and have so few books to recommend.
It's YA, but I'd say it ranges more toward the lower end of YA, the 13, 14, and 15-year-olds. Bonus: it's a boy book. Don't get me wrong--as a supremely girly-girl I still found plenty to enjoy (and remember, I don't even like Sci-fi as a general rule)--but boys will LOVE this. I mean, it has Aliens. Sasquatch. Jet Packs. Training sessions that are like giant, virtual reality video games. Comic Books. Plasma blaster guns. Do I need to keep going? Cause I could. There is SO much good stuff.
There really aren't enough boy books, especially in the YA realm, and so many of them fall more into the John Green, deep, meaningful, intellectual realm. So where are boys who want to read something light and fun and don't want to read a sappy love story between some average girl and insert-supernatural-creature-X-here supposed to turn? Well, now they can read INVASION. And I have no doubt they'll love it.
I also can't review a Jon Lewis book without giving his website a shout out. Not sure how he does it, but he gets the COOLEST art done for each of his books. Check out the INVASION artwork HERE. If you needed more motivation to read the book, those pictures will do it. So many cool creatures and characters. Love it!
But don't just take my word for it--see for yourself. I'm giving my precious copy away to one lucky commenter on today's post. To enter, just follow my blog and leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, February 12th. I'll post the winner on February 13th. International entries welcome.
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