By Jon S. Lewis / Thomas Nelson
Title of Book: Alienation
Author: Jon S. Lewis
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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. Once there, they’ll be trained to defend Earth against a swam 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 hoverboards, Colt must step into his true destiny before out world falls into chaos.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John S. Lewis, author of Alienation lives in Arizona. He writes for DC COMICS, and is the co-author (with Derek Benz) of the Grey Griffins Trilogy. Alienation is #2 in the action-packed CHAOS trilogy. Lewis, who lives in Arizona attended Arizona State University, and has experienced a checker-board career including news reporting, graphic design, web development, speech writing, video game development and marketing.
Oh yeah, Alienation kept me glued to the page from start to finish. Yes… me…the grandma lady! I fought those robots, buzzed around on hovercraft, and searched the eyes of everyone, while watching out for dangerous, shape-shifting aliens. Great fun! John S. Lewis, author of Alienation did a great job of keeping my interest and I think kids are going to love this book, too. It is filled with interesting characters, killer simulations and cliff hangers. Lewis handled the whole concept of aliens with wisdom. Not all aliens were evil. Many were on Earth’s side and our hero, sixteen-year-old Colt McAllister and his friends Daniel and Oz were appropriately gracious in their dealings with others – aliens or human.
Lewis also dealt beautifully with the faith issue. We see the grandfather reading his Bible. He gives Colt a prayer-reminder in the form of a copper colored medallion. Let me share this passage from the book:
“I wore that when I was in the service,” Grandpa said, his eyes distant as though he was recalling a memory. “You know I’ve always thought it was funny how we glorify war in movies and television…and now we have those video games where you shoot and kill your enemy.” He shook his head. “There’s nothing glorious about war….” He took out a handkerchief and wiped his nose. “We all thought we were going home in a pine box. But I’d rub that thing between my thumb and forefinger and pray that the Good Lord would give me the strength to finish my mission.”
The Prologue of the book is done in comic book format. At the end of the book, there is a section called “Writing Comics,” with directions for graphic novel prologue. I learned something new and plan to share this information in an upcoming writing class.
So, yes, I recommend Alienation. In fact, I’m sending this copy to my 12 year-old grandson. He likes comic books, music and Boy Scouts. He’ll enjoy reading Alienation.