Sunday, September 21, 2014

Domination by Jon S. Lewis

Series: The C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy (bk.3 )

Genera(s): Sci-fi/Adventure

Subjects: aliens, action, genetic modification, government agencies, friendship

Setting: A school, Washington D.C., an alien world

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV, limited: Colt McAlister

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 266 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover or Paperback

List Price: $14.99/$9.99

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (the Christian Imprint of HarperCollins)

Summary/ product description: “THEIR GOAL IS SIMPLE: TOTAL DOMINATION.
With six arms and jaws that can snap a man in two, the warmongering race of aliens known as the Thule has conquered every planet they’ve attacked.
And now their invasion of Earth has begun.
Humanity’s only hope springs from a mysterious Thule legend about a Betrayer, who they believe will rise up and destroy their people. The American government tried to manufacture their own Betrayer by injecting children with Thule blood but time after time the experiment failed . . . until Colt McAlister.
A decade later, Colt is a 16-year-old cadet at the CHAOS Military Academy where he’s training to defend mankind. But he’s afraid that the alien blood may be turning him into a Thule—and he’s beginning to suspect that fulfilling his role as the Betrayer may cost him everything.
Experience a cosmic battle filled with high-tech gear, gateways to other planets, and ultimate stakes. Not everyone will survive. But heroes will rise up and step into their destiny in this earth-shaking conclusion to the C.H.A.O.S trilogy.”

My Review:  Out of all the books in this series, this is the one I enjoyed the most. For some reason I didn’t like the second book. It just didn’t hold my interest. The first book was pretty good, but this finale was great. The characters were fun. It was very much like a comic book or cartoon, like Ben 10. Fighting aliens, and super hero stuff. I would definitely recommend this to teens who like movies like Men in Black or Mavel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The author actually wrote for Marvel Comics.

Even though this book is published by a Christian imprint of Harper Collins, it’s not preachy. There’s a few religious things mentioned, like Colt repeating a bible quote. The book is basically a lot of sci-fi action. There’s a theme of friendship and working together. There’s a lot of meaningful stuff, but it’s mostly fun. I’d even recommend this to middle school age, maybe ages 10 and up, because it doesn’t contain swearing.

I found it interesting how the Thule blood affected Colt. His eyes turned gold and he got busts of anger, and his skin couldn’t be penetrated. He fought Thule and felt like a freak for the changes he was going through. I wish there was a part in which he became a monster and then reverted back, but that never happened sadly.

My favorite thing about this book was the part where Colt had to put on a show to revive the Phantom Flyer. It reminded me of Captain America when Steve would perform for the soldiers and the people during WWII. I loved how pop culture was mentioned. Like Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansen and Robert Downing Jr. Even though this is more like a parallel world to ours, it had contemporary pop culture.

It was a pretty fast read. Easy reading level. Fun and light. I recommend getting the trilogy for your teen or yourself, especially if you are a fan of superhero movies and Marvel. Or just love books with aliens.

Cover Art Review: The cover is pretty good for the subject, but it would be cool if the characters were fighting aliens on it.

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