“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to H.I.V.E. and the first day of the rest of your lives”
Aftershock is the seventh book in the H.I.V.E. series. For lovers of adventure and thrill, this young adult fiction book is as action-filled as it gets. All of the chapters have action that has you standing, anxious to find out what happens. Some global villainy/conspiracy gets you shocked as the severity of the consequences is grave. The book is mainly about a boy named Otto Malpense and his gang of friends who are part of a school that trains villains. In each and every book, some sort of global evil threatens villains and then Otto and Co. get called on the job to save the world. Throughout these adventures, Otto and his friends experience death, betrayal, friendship, loyalty, and danger. Almost every hour they are out of the protection of the school, Otto and his group nearly get killed. One of my favorite quotes was “villains threaten the world with doomsday devices, but G.L.O.V.E makes sure they never use them.” The headmaster of the school told this to Otto and explained how the evil ruling council was made so that the world would never be demolished. There would just be too much chaos.
The main characters are Otto Malpense, a biological clone of the leader of the supervillains. Wing Fanchu, martial-arts expert and best friend of Otto. Shelby Trinity, master safe-cracker previously known as the “Wraith.” Laura Brand, computer genius sent to school for hacking into the Air Force technology. Natalya “Raven,” world’s deadliest assassin. Maximillian Nero, present head of G.L.O.V.E and headmaster of H.I.V.E. Nigel Darkdoom, son of supposedly dead Diabolus Darkdoom, once head of G.L.O.V.E (Global League of Villainous Enterprises). And lastly Franz Argentblum, overweight son of chocolate tycoon and excellent sharpshooter.
Basically, global villainy is on the brink of civil war. The ruling council has been dispatched and many are looking for revenge on the man who did this: Nero. Meanwhile, Otto and his friends are preparing for a required survival course in Siberia. However a traitor is amongst them who sends the coordinates to the leader of the Disciples, who immediately sends a strike team to attack and ambush the unsuspecting students and men. I will not spoil the book and tell you who the actual traitor was. Even though you can read this book by itself, you kind of have to read the rest of the books to get some more back stories.
I admired the imagination of Walden, as I usually think of villains who love to cause destruction wherever they go. H.I.V.E brought a new perspective as now villains were smart and kept each other in check. When villains went stray, other villains came to bring a stop to them by any means possible. My favorite part of the book was when the battle happens between Otto and his friends against Anastasia Furan, the new leader of the Disciples, mega-villains who will stop at nothing to destroy G.L.O.V.E. and rule the world. In the end, Otto won, but not without heavy losses. All of his classmates were either killed or captured except for five others.
Lastly, this book was an easier book to read, as the action kept you going without ever getting bored or stopped. It was long (around 300 pages), but was a smaller book around the size of a slightly smaller Book Thief. For a complete list of the series the website is here: https://www.goodreads.com/series/43743-h-i-v-e