Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel) by Jon S. Lewis (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2011).
The top-secret CHAOS agency exists to protect the world from alien invaders who are, apparently, on the brink of taking over the earth. But 16-year-old Colt knows nothing about the agency, despite deep family connections, when he visits a military-style academy for testing. A drug-induced amnesia keeps him in the dark, too. Then his parents are killed, he has to go live with his grandfather in Arizona, and he's suddenly thrust into dangerous situations involving shape-shifting monsters, flying vehicles, and biochip-controlled assassins! He overhears a conversation that makes him believe his parents' deaths weren't an accident after all and are, in fact, related to his mother's investigation of Trident Biotech. Mysterious messages and a clandestine meeting with a Trident scientist cement Colt's commitment to uncover the truth behind his parents' accident at the same time as he's learning that some of his comic-book heroes and situations might actually be real. With the help of his cousin Dani and new, yet strangely familiar, friend Oz, Colt unravels some secrets and attempts to foil sinister forces intent on destroying the earth.
This is an awesome read for tweens and teens, especially fans of the Maximum Ride series. Lots of cool technogadgets and futuristic machines plus nonstop action make this a super page-turner that will have kids begging for the next installment. Highly recommended for ages 11 & up.
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