Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Invasion Book Review

I have another very interesting book to tell you about called Invasion. Now, at first I thought it was about aliens coming here to earth to take us over so I ordered it to read. Well, when it came and I started to read it, I discovered it was not what I thought it would be.

This book would make an excellent book for a pre-teen or even a teenager but not for an adult or at least let me say this, it was not my cup of tea.

A pre-teen would probably think this was the coolest book because it deals with a boy who loses his family and he gets caught up in a comic book world of heroes and villains.

He also believes his father and grandfather along with all his other brothers are in on the top secret agency that hunts down the comic book aliens.

Here is an excerpt from the book:
Colt McAlister was having the summer of his life. He spent his days surfing and his nights playing guitar on the beach with his friends. He even met a girl and got his first car. But everything changes when his parents are killed in a freak accident.

He's forced to leave his old life behind and move to Arizona with his grandfather. The only person he knows at the new high school is a childhood friend named Dani. And Oz, a guy he's sure he's never met but who is strangely familiar.

But what if his parents' death wasn't an accident? His mother, an investigative reporter, was going to expose a secret mind-control program run by one of the world's largest companies. Before she could release the story, what if agents from Trident Biotech made sure she couldn't go public? Vowing to uncover the truth, Colt is drawn into a secret world of aliens, shapeshifters, flying motorcycles and invisible gateways.
My Thoughts:

Now, if you had read what I just posted, would you not have drawn the same conclusion that I did? Or is it me? I don't know but after the first chapter is when it started to get a little too childish asking you to believe that since World War II we have had super power heroes and that Hitler had super alien soldiers who fought the war, not real people.

There is suppose to be some kind of hole in our world where these creatures or aliens come thru and can take on all kinds of shapes or people so you can't tell them apart. Then there is the government secret agency that knows about the aliens and their job is to find them and get rid of them and patch up these holes so that they can't come thru.

I guess it might be okay but then it got even weirder because supposedly to throw off the rest of the world about World War II and Hitler's alien or mutant soldiers, our government released a comic book and it is suppose to follow the events that happened during the war so that people would not believe the truth. The comic book version supposedly is true but most people just laughed and thought it was the author making this all up so no one believed that there really were aliens, just comic book characters.

Colt discovers the comic books are a cover to explain strange things and he also discovers that the company who is helping the comic book villains is who killed his family. He thought the main reason was his mother but come to find out, his father was a retired agent for the government that was working on shutting down the holes and hunting the aliens.

All of Colt's brothers are also in the agency along with his grandfather who fought in World War II and who the main hero of the comic books is based on. Colt overhears a conversation between his grandfather and several other agents and they are talking about Colt and that they think he is the one who can take over the agency and get rid of the aliens once and for all.

Now, this boy is only 16 years old and we are suppose to believe that our whole world is resting on his shoulders and he is the only one who can save us. Bad thing for Colt is that Trident Industries has eyes everywhere and they know all of his moves and they beat him to the punch several times.

Good thing for Colt is that Oz is part of the agency and is alot bigger and very intelligent and has known about these aliens all his life because his father is head of the agency and has been teaching him how to defend his life against them. So, naturally, Oz sticks pretty close to Colt to make sure nothing happens to him and at first he acts like he doesn't know what Colt is talking about but when they are attacked in a comic book store (I know, this one was really cheesy!)by these aliens, Colt finally learns that life is not what it seems and that maybe the comic books are in fact telling the truth.

Here are a picture from the book that show what these aliens look like:

What do you think?? I think this would make a great book for a boy or girl who has a wild imagination and loves this kind of stuff. Heck, I even like science fiction but I want it to be grown up science fiction not comic book style fiction.

The reading and writing of this book is on a teen's level so my mind wandered and I could not stay on track with the book but I bet a teen would think it is the best thing since Twilight!

If you have a pre-teen or teenager this is probably up their alley and they would probably think some of the other pictures in the book were awesome. So, I really can't give it a bad score, it just wasn't meant for an adult to read, I think. If you judge it based on a boy or girl reading it, it would more than likely get all gold stars.

So, I decided to approach it from a teen's prospective and was able to see that all in all it is not a bad book. I just need more technical and believable things in my science fiction books!

Lastly, I thought I would show you one more picture of who the hero of the comic book is suppose to look like!

Supposedly, our hero was a jet fighter pilot and that is why he has on the goggles and all that other stuff and why he is in the clouds. And actually, this is suppose to be Colt's grandfather.

He was the hero of World War II and they called him the Phantom Flyer. The real reason he was able to fly was because he had those jet ski tank things strapped to his back so he could fly thru the air. Or something like that.

By this time my eyes were growing weary and I was fast skip reading over the parts that I just could not read they were so far fetched even for a comic book! They would have done better by leaving the comic book stuff out and just make it about the evil Hitler doing experiments and making these creatures so that they could fight the war for him without having to use actual soldiers.

Then I might have been able to believe the story a little better.

Your kids will love this book because it has flying motorcycles in it, all kinds of little gadgets running all over the place trying to kill Colt and his friends and strange creatures training teens to fight!

For you, I hope it will give you a good laugh because it is so darn right cheesy you just gotta laugh at it!! Kinda reminded me of Hee Haw, if you are old enough to have seen it back in the day. You know it is so far fetched it can't be real but you watch it anyway because you couldn't help but laugh about it! Same thing here, apply the laugh factor and go in knowing it is what it is and you just might like it enough to laugh your head off!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Amanda said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds interesting, im going to have to check it out. ;)

royalegacy said...

This sounds a bit like another book that I read sometime this year about comic books being real. Can't remember the title or author.