Book Review: Invasion

My kids are ridiculous readers and I try to keep up with them. I’ve read the Harry Potter books, the Hunger Games trilogy, and all of the 39 Clues books. When I saw the opportunity to read and review this, I figured it would be a great opportunity to put another good book in the hands of my kids.

Invasion is the first in a series of books on the adventures of Colt McCalister and the CHAOS organization. Colt discovers that his mom was in the middle of uncovering a plot by aliens posing as humans to destroy the earth when she died, that his grandfather was the inspiration of a comic book hero, and that he has been specifically chosen and gifted to help CHAOS save the world. Think of CHAOS as MIB – Men In Black, a super-secret organization whose mission is to save earth from aliens.

While there is plenty of action and cool gadgets, there are not a lot of twists and turns to the story. And while the characters are likable and easy to follow, they don’t hold the depth that other books in this genre provide. The characters are who they appear to be and the story reads fairly straightforward from there.

It’s a fun, entertaining read but by no means a “stay up the whole night so I can see how this ends” kind of book.

My rating – 3 stars.

Why? I think most teenagers would not find the story intriguing enough to stay with it. It reads better for preteen/tween audiences – along the same lines of the 39 Clues series. It would not be a series that I (as a parent) would follow along with my kids like I have done with other series.

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.”


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Invasion

  1. Hey, did you know that the publisher of Invasion (Thomas Nelson) is sponsoring a contest where youth groups can compete in a national contest to have Jon S. Lewis come to speak to their group? The details are at The contest includes a free four-week curriculum and great activities.


  2. I really want to read the book The Invasions
    I’ve read the first chapter in a book store and didn’t get the chance to read more…
    I’m REALLY HOPING that the books will go INTO the public libraries:/


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