This review may contain inadvertent spoilers. Proceed at your own risk. Some information and images come from promotional material.
Alienation is the second book in the C.H.A.O.S series and where Colt learns how his past influences his current actions. If you haven’t heard about these series, it’s a fantastic series that sadly comes to an end in the third book, Domination, when I realized I had never reviewed this book even though I’d reviewed the first book, Invasion.
Earth’s last line of defense against the coming alien invasion is 16-year-old surfer Colt McAlister.
But before he can save the world, he has to survive the day.
All Colt wants to do is return to his old life … where aliens don’t exist … where mankind hasn’t been targeted for destruction … and where his parents are still alive. Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way.
The United States government believes Colt holds the key to our survival, so they’re sending him to the CHAOS Military Academy along with his best friends Oz and Danielle. There they’ll be trained to defend Earth against a swarm of alien shape shifters known as the Thule. But someone is trying to eliminate Colt before he can lead that charge. Shocked to learn about key events in his past and unsure who he can trust, he is alienated and on the run.
In a world of high-tech gear, shape-shifting aliens, simulated reality, and hover boards, Colt must step into his true destiny before our world falls into chaos.
Alienation further develops the bond between Colt and Dani as Colt struggles to accept his destiny of being part of the C.H.A.O.S organization and the demanding training they face to become a C.H.A.O.S agent. Colt, Oz and Dani meet the newest recruits for the organization and have a hard time trusting anyone, not unsurprising given the “fate of the world in their hands” life they’re living. Oz and Dani even come under scrutiny by Colt as the plot twists and turns throughout the book.
If you’re looking for a sci-fi thriller, you have to grab these books and devour them quickly. Well maybe not too quickly because there’s only three. For now. One can hope that the author will put out more in this series. Or maybe a related series.