Thursday, 28 July 2016

Book Review: The Overlord Protocol by Mark Walden (HIVE #2)



HOW FAR WILL OTTO GO TO PROTECT HIS FRIENDS?
Otto Malpense and his friends thought their first year at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education was the most adventurous and exciting that they would ever encounter. They were dead wrong.

When Otto and Wing are allowed off campus to attend Wing's father's funeral, they have no idea it's a trap, all part of a lethal plan organized by Cypher, the most ruthless supervillain any of them have ever known. He intends to use them to retrieve the Overlord Protocol, a device that has the capacity to help him take over the world. But when things go terribly wrong, Otto will stop at nothing to hunt him down and make him pay.

With the help of Laura, Shelby, Raven, and his former nemesis, Dr. Nero, Otto must find a way to defeat an enemy that has overcome some of the planet's most infamous villains without even breaking a sweat. Because if he doesn't, the world as they know it will be changed forever.

My Review: 
Otto agrees to put his escape plans on hold to go with Wing to his father's funeral. Nero gives the boys permission but sends Raven along to ensure Otto doesn't try to escape. Laura picks up a transmission about the assassination of Otto and tells Nero but it is too late to warn the trio and the attack has terrible consequences. Meanwhile back at HIVE, an uprising is about to take place.

Ooh the action comes thick and fast in this book again! The drama unfolds when Laura discovers the impending attack but it is too late to warn her friends, who are attacked in the Tokyo safe house by agents of the evil Cypher. As the shellshocked Otto seeks revenge on his enemies, HIVE itself is under attack from Cypher, who is using teachers and students at the school to help them take over. It is now up to Laura, Shelby, The Professor, Franz and Nigel to save the school. This was such an exciting subplot, running beside Otto and his mission out in the real world.

The plot revolves around The Overlord Protocol. Overlord was designed to be the smartest ever AI but the project goes wrong when Overlord decides not to obey and wants to be free to rule the world. It is missing one protocol which has been hidden and even when the project is terminated, there are people out there who want to get hold of the protocol-like Cypher, and Nero is determined to keep it safe so it can never be used to activate Overlord.

The teachers are involved on both sides fighting for control of the school. In the first book you sort of didn't really like Nero for holding Otto against his will but here you see how much he cares about his students and how he will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. So I like him now! There is some supreme evil taking place in this book amongst the teachers but I can't spoil it for you by saying who is in the plot-but nothing is what it originally seems! I really liked the plot twists that were coming throughout the book and I so much wanted Cypher to get what was coming to him!

The characters are so good. Franz and Nigel are two of the most unlikely villains of the future and they are going to have to put pure terror aside to help save the school. It is a scary thought! I loved their scenes which were highlights in the book. The huge twists at the end with Cypher were brilliant and very unexpected. You just never know what is coming next in this series, which is why it is so addictive to read. Laura and Shelby are just as smart as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter books but twice as tricky and I love seeing the girls get such a big slice of story to themselves.

This series has been so enjoyable. There are the gadgets from James Bond, a mixture of magic and science, the smartest MC ever and a mix of action and humour that all ages can enjoy. If you like Artemis Fowl, you should like this hopefully!
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