Alienation is book 2 in the completely awesome C.H.A.O.S. series by Jon S. Lewis. I loved the first book Invasion and I’m way behind in reviewing Alienation because it came out in, ahem, January. However, dunh dunh dunh… I just learned that there is a sequel coming out in April!After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books-one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don’t even scratch the surface. Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt 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? As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they’re forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.
The thing I love about these novels is the retro comic book feel. Lewis started out wanting to illustrate comic books and it shows in the non-stop action and short, tightly-plotted chapters. My favorite character is Colt’s Grandfather, *semi-spoiler alert* a.k.a. the Phantom Flyer, a WWII hero who everyone believes is just a comic book character. *End semi-spoiler* I think that if Captain America hadn’t crashed into that iceberg and slept for fifty-some years, he would be like Colt’s Grandpa. The characters are fun, the aliens are scary, and the action is non-stop. I can’t wait to see what happens in Domination!
P.S. Jon S. Lewis is also the co-author of the Grey Griffins series with friend Derek Benz.