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HIGHER INSTITUTE OF VILLAINOUS EDUCATIONOtto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives, and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country. He is the perfect candidate to become the world's next supervillain.That is why he ends up at H.I.V.E., handpicked to become a memberHIGHER INSTITUTE OF VILLAINOUS EDUCATIONOtto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives, and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country. He is the perfect candidate to become the world's next supervillain.That is why he ends up at H.I.V.E., handpicked to become a member of the incoming class. The students have been kidnapped and brought to a secluded island inside a seemingly active volcano, where the school has resided for decades. All the kids are elite; they are the most athletic, the most technically advanced, and the smartest in the country. Inside the cavernous marble rooms, floodlit hangars, and steel doors, the students are enrolled in Villainy Studies and Stealth and Evasion 101. But what Otto soon comes to realize is that this is a six-year program, and leaving is not an option.With the help of his new friends: an athletic martial-arts expert; a world-famous, beautiful diamond thief; and a spunky computer genius -- the only other people who seem to want to leave -- can Otto achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E.?...

Title : H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education
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H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-05-02 04:20

    Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.comWelcome to Hogwarts for bad guys, minus the magic. H.I.V.E. is a school set on a deserted island where brilliant young adults who have come from criminal families or have taken part in criminal projects are taught to become the worst that they can be. Otto Malpense remembers nothing about how he came to be on the H.I.V.E. island, and neither does him Asian friend, Wing. The H.I.V.E. staff explains to the young criminals that their parents agreed to let them join the school - and that they are under the highest security and scrutiny. Otto, being an extremely smart Alpha, wonders if they were kidnapped and are being held hostage until they graduate. Throughout their time at H.I.V.E., Otto and his friends are enrolled in a number of courses you will not find in your average school. Subjects such as Tactical Education, Stealth and Evasion, Villainy Studies, and many other classes (meant for other students, such as Henchmen). Wanting to be off the island, Otto and his friends, Wing (a martial arts fighter), Shelby (a jewelry store sleuth), and Laura (a technological genius) devise a plan that has never been pulled off before - escaping H.I.V.E. This is a feat that no student has ever accomplished. H.I.V.E. is a great book and the ending leaves it open for a sequel, which I will be more than happy to buy. Although some parts were scattered, it all led to a great, courageous ending.

  • Tori
    2019-05-12 05:17

    Well.. rant time, I guess.First of all, I was going to finish this book. (because, after all, it is better to rant when you've read the whole thing... and I don't like not finishing a book) But it's missing 30 pages! O.o It jumps from 154 to 187 or something like that. And it's not like someone ripped them out, you would be able to notice that. They were never there. Did anyone else have this problem? 'cause it's weeeeiiiird. The editor/publisher/author/someone should have caught that... Majorly should have caught that. Oh well, it was going to get a one star rating anyway.This book is just... ugh >.< It's crude. It's characters all fit the cliché, and don't ever go beyond that. The main character is a super genius who has no flaws, no fears, no problems. He's so borrrrrrrring. Oh, and he doesn't know who his parents are and is being sponsored by THE #1... Let me guess who his dad is?Otto, as this main character is called, is kidnapped, which is apparently how people get recruited to this super secret villain school. There's hundreds of kids who get recruited this way, and the strongest emotion they have on the subject is a bit of apprehension?!?! No fear? *bangs head on table*So this perfect Otto somehow gathers around himself a cliché group of friends and decides they need to get out... why, we are not told. I guess he doesn't really want to be on an island where he can not leave for 4 years... Besides, why would some super genius with evil tendencies want to learn how to be a super evil villain to rule the world anyway?So, I could say that I stopped because of missing pages, or that I fell through a plot hole into a void, or because I died from boredom, or broke the book because I banged it into my head a few to many times in frustration... Whatever the reason, I really don't regret it.

  • Shanshad Whelan
    2019-05-10 07:04

    I admit it. I'm picky. I'm particularly picky when it comes to depictions of villains and superheroes. And the books on villainy tend to leave me sorely disappointed when they don't work.The Hogwarts only Evil/or Hall of Doom for the school set is a nice idea, and in fact it's perfectly fine. I've no problem with the school, or the idea of one. But I read for character, and I just found myself dealing with a bunch of stereotypes and people that all think in the same tone and same vocabulary. Maybe it gets better, since others enjoyed it, but I just doubt I'll pick it up again. There are a few too many cliches for me. The fat German kid. The stoic Asian kid (who is referred to as the Asian kid about five or six times in the opening pages), the bratty American girl, the sort of underachieving klutz Englishboy with the legendary villainous dad--and he's named Nigel no less. But I'll put up with cliches and stereotypes if the story goes somewhere interesting eventually. But the writing did me in. Otto's perspective never feels like him. When he sees a bunch of kids his age and instead of thinking "hey a bunch of kids like me" he thinks "a group of children gathered around". This doesn't sound like Otto being arrogant or anything, it sounds like an adult writing from an adult perspective. Add to that problem that when we shift out of Otto's head into another character's perspective, there's no stark contrast of thoughts and vocabulary. And when the writing jumps perspectives back and forth like a jumping jack, it just gives me a headache. I admit, maybe it gets better. But I suspect what is the strong point of this book will be the action rather than the characters. And , unfortunately, that's not enough for me.

  • Katie
    2019-05-17 10:01

    CLICHESSO MANY CLICHESIt's not even funny.We've gotThe Hogwarts of evil people.The fat kid who eats ALL THE TIME-The smart Asian-The bratty fashion-obsessed blonde American (however, this does change. I do have to give the author credit for that)-Our not-NEARLY-as-cool-as-Neville-Longbottom who has to live up to his parents' lives-The nice girl who we ALL know is going to end up with our protagonistThe mysterious guy whose motives are not known but the majority of us know he's going to be related to our protagonist (And totally ripped off the "mysterious sponsor" from Great Expectations)The two brutes who are rude to our protagonist and have no other personalities (basically, these two are Crabbe and Goyle but less compelling because there's no Draco)-The seductive assassin helper.And our GENIUS orphaned special perfect lead role. Who, with no discernable flaws, bullying tendancies, and extreme (and I do mean extreme. There are entire paragraphs of him speaking about how much better he is than everyone) arrogance, is like Artemis Fowl. In fact, he IS Artemis Fowl. Except you find yourself not rooting for him. Because he is an awful protagonist that I despise.See, the problem with this is the author, instead of focusing on entire personalities and creating well-fleshed out characters, he sticks with exactly 1 trait of each character.Also, can I talk about Otto's (main character) backstory? He convinced people and companies/corporations to give their money and stuff to his orphanage so they could have big TVs and video games. He then convinces the government to give money so he can be homeschooled, but in reality the head lady is just going to use it to buy herself expensive clothes and jewelry. Is this a thing in England? And then, after that, he complains that they are going to shut down his giant fraud machine? And we're supposed to root for him. Did I miss something? I must have missed something.Also, there were 3 names in this book that bothered me to no end. One was named Diabolus Darkdoom. Did the author just run out of names? Seriously. Why don't you just name your kid Evil McEvil? And then the two brutes are named Tackle and Block.The plot wasn't my favorite. The idea was good, just poorly executed. There were also many pacing issues, and the writing was simple, but understandable for (what I think is) a tween-age book. The ending, however, was less awful than the rest of the book. I didn't find the cliffhanger too compelling, and I probably will not be finishing the series out.

  • Skip
    2019-05-03 03:02

    I read this because it was a "Reader's Also Like" for Anthony Horowitz's excellent Alex Rider series. While perhaps written for the same audience, I found it lacking. The premise of kids being snatched to be taught how to become master criminals was decent and the previous accomplishments of the students was probably the highlight of the book; however, now at the school, they seem to become incompetent bumblers despite their prodigious skills -- constantly out-maneuvered by their foes. Otto, Wing, Laura and Shelby decide they need to escape from the school's remote island location and regain their freedom.I had to laugh though, reading the following description of a teacher's hairstyle "that would require an architect, not a hairdresser. It was a monument to hairspray: vast, immobile, indestructible." The teachers were also above average (a la Harry Potter), including a cat. 2.5 stars.

  • Nicanor
    2019-05-19 04:12

    While I don't think it was bad by any means I think this is more of an introductory book to the series, feeling short and lacking in details, even with the potential huge H.I.V.E. world and characters. I can only Imagine that the next books on the series will have more background and development, so I think it will be safe to give the next one a try before having an opinion on the series.

  • cameron
    2019-05-20 10:24

    H.I.V.EI have read the book called H.I.V.E and wow, if you can put a little bit of everything into a book this is it. It has action suspense, comedy, drama. This book is now my favorite series other then Eragon. The main character is Otto, but some other ones are Wing Fanchu, Laura, Shelby, and Nigel Darkdoom. They have all been brought to the H.I.V.E. They don't know why, except for the fact that they are some of the most talented criminals the world hasn't seen.It all started when the Prime Minister of Britain is going to close down Otto's orphanage. Oh, i forgot to mention 1. The students in H.I.V.E are all kids. 2. Otto's 13. So, Otto hatches a diobolical plan to change the Prime Ministers mind. Also at H.I.V.E, the teachers all think Nigel isn't living up to his super-villain dad's reputation. But trust me, he will, just not in the way his dad did. Some tantalizing tidbits are "Life at H.I.V.E may have it's attractions after all, Otto thought. Friends, as they say, may come and go, but high-powered laser are forever." This one I found amusing. This book is filled with them. So, everybody read the series.

  • PurplyCookie
    2019-05-06 05:18

    Welcome to Hogwarts for bad guys, minus the magic. H.I.V.E. is a school set on a deserted island where brilliant young adults who have come from criminal families or have taken part in criminal projects are taught to become the worst that they can be. Otto Malpense remembers nothing about how he came to be on the H.I.V.E. island, and neither does him Asian friend, Wing. The H.I.V.E. staff explains to the young criminals that their parents agreed to let them join the school--and that they are under the highest security and scrutiny.Wanting to be off the island, Otto and his friends, Wing (a martial arts fighter), Shelby (a jewelry store sleuth), and Laura (a technological genius) devise a plan that has never been pulled off before-- escaping H.I.V.E. This is a feat that no student has ever accomplished.There seems to be are far too many books on the shelves with flat, two-dimensional villains. You follow the hero's journey, and don't particularly care about the villain, since you know that a hero must ultimately defeat the dull antagonist. This book is different. Although its premise that all the main characters are villains within a school that will teach them to become supervillains still requires a protagonist (otherwise, why bother reading?), his antagonist is suitably villainous while actually managing to be a well-rounded character. So we get a flawed hero set against a sympathetic villain.But this seems to mirror ”Harry Potter” in more ways than one. Consider: it is the story of an orphan who is brought into a large school where the first year students are sorted into four different "streams," distinguished by the colors of their school uniforms. The main character meets the boy who becomes his best friend on the trip to the school. They are confronted by two bullies at the first group meal. One of their professors has been transformed into a cat and one of their fellow students is a clumsy boy who just happens to excel at working with plants. His first name is Neville--I mean, Nigel. No, I'm not kidding. I have to say that J.K. Rowling has nothing to worry about as far as competition, but she may want to have her attorneys take a look at this book.More of Purplycookie’s Reviews @: Book Details: Title H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E., #1)Author Mark WaldenReviewed By Purplycookie

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-05-21 05:21

    Otto is less than happy to be removed from his life, and taken to enrol in a school for evil genius children. With his friends Wing, Laura and Shelby, they decide that escape is the only option but the staff are determined that nobody leaves the island. Can Otto and his friends outwit the school and get away?I really enjoyed this book. Otto was selected for the school after he was able to force the Prime Mininster to insult the people of Britain in a speech and moon at startled journalists! He is smarter than Artemis Fowl but similar in his plotting, though Otto has no plans to be evil. His friend Wing is a martial arts expert, Laura is skilled with computers and Shelby was an international jewel thief, along with Nigel, son of a famous recently murdered villain who likes dangerous plants and Franz, the fat boy with a food obsession. Franz is very funny and his difficulties with English slang are amusing-I just wish we had seen a bit more of him! As Nigel searches for a way to cope with his dad's fame, Franz searches for vending machines...The school itself is fascinating as they learn stealth, evasion, code breaking, grappling and everything a bad guy needs to know. Their teachers include Ms Leon, stuck in the body of a cat, the absentminded Professor Pike, the mind controlling Contessa, the lethal assassin Raven as well as headmaster Dr Nero. Although everyone is 'bad' you just can't help liking all the characters-pupils and staff. One of my favourites is H.I.V.E Mind, the AI who runs the school complex-he's just so nice and everyone keeps threatening to destroy the poor guy!The whole idea of the escape is very clever and I like the way Otto plans and excutes everything. The action scenes in the book are excellent, especially the battle of Frankenflower! That was really good.This is not a book for young kids-it's action packed YA with lots of exciting fights and incidents, well developed and entertaining characters, and a mixture of drama and humour that will also appeal to adult readers. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series to see what Otto and his friends get up to!

  • Amanda
    2019-04-25 10:18

    This book was everything I wanted and more. Do you ever find yourself rooting for the villain? I know I sure do. I didn't even have to read a synopsis, by title alone I knew H.I.V.E. was my sort of book. I love reading about the Mafia and gangsters. I love bad boys.But of course, being me I tore through the book in several hours, hungry for more. I was surprised to read that this is a debut novel. The plot, characters, setting and world building we're all done remarkably well. I can't think of a single bad bad thing to say about this book . Mark Walden is now on my list of authors to pay attention to.

  • Newton
    2019-05-16 02:06

    On an island in the middle of nowhere, there is a school. But not just any school, it's a school for villains! Named H.I.V.E. for Higher Institute for Villainous Education, H.I.V.E. recruits only the best and the brightest of students to become criminal masterminds. Each person has a special talent that could potentially be used for criminal deeds and H.I.V.E aims to foster that potential. The story follows an orphaned, white haired young boy with the name of Otto Malpnese. He is a genius and caught the eye of H.I.V.E when he caused a certain "event" to occur with the Prime Minister of Europe. He is taken to H.I.V.E, and along the way, meets an Asian boy under the name of Wing Fanchu, who appears to be an excellent fighter. At the school itself, he meets and befriends two girls. One is a computer expert and hacker, and the other is a girl who is famous for being an expert thief under the alias, The Wraith. They all want out of H.I.V.E, but what can four kids do against the whole school and a super smart artificial intelligence?I liked this book because it took a very worn out storyline of a school for criminal masterminds and made it new again with loads of different ideas. This was a action-adventure kind of story, and that's the kind that I like. It kept on my toes as I walked around my house reading it, on the edge of my seat as I sat on a chair reading it, and unable to sleep while reading it in bed. All in all, a very suspense filled book that's a real page turner.This book kind of connects to my life because I have always thought of running away from a school.Right now, I just wish we didn't have to go to school, so I can spend all day playing. But when I was little, I always wished that I could just run away from school because it needed me to think. I had actually made a plan, but had never put it in to action.

  • Ronda
    2019-05-04 02:12

    Have you ever felt like your schoolwork is killing you? Well, Otto Malpense has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a school that might literally be the death of him. The story begins as Otto wakes to find himself strapped into a helicopter flying over an ocean. Upon landing he is introduced to the strange island world of H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, an exclusive school for turning out world-class villains. There is no communication with the outside world. There seems to be only one way in and no way out.------My son (5th grader) handed this to me after he finished it and insisted that I read it. Before he finished it, he requested a trip to the local bookstore to purchase Book 2 in the series. That's recommendation enough for me! Vivid imagery, great adventure, cool characters and just enough mystery to have my son and I discussing what might come next. Looking forward to more from Mr. Walden.

  • Vanessa Montês
    2019-05-15 10:02

    (...)A melhor decisão do autor neste livro foi escrevê-lo do ponto de vista de Otto. O ponto de vista de um futuro supervilão acaba por tornar a leitura muito mais irónica e divertida, e este foi um dos grandes pontos positivos. Admito que não esperava pelo final deste livro, embora o restante seja um tanto ou quanto previsível. Mas o que prende neste livro não é propriamente a história, mas a forma como as personagem vivem a história. Elas são a vida de toda a narrativa e é graças a elas que não conseguimos parar de ler.Um livro que recomendo a todos e que de certeza que irão adorar e passar um excelente bocado durante a sua leitura!Opinião em

  • Peter
    2019-04-27 03:19

    It was AMAZING. This book is one of the best books i have read in a while. I am very hooked and am committed to reading the whole series. "This book is if Harry Potter met James Bond". It is action backed with cool technology. Already started to devour book 2.

  • BetweenThePages
    2019-05-22 09:14

    The Higher Institute of Villainous Education (hereafter referred to as H.I.V.E.) is the first book in a series about four students adventures at this unique school.H.I.V.E. is basically a weird combination of Disney's The Descendants and James Bond. For those of you who haven't seen the movie, The Descendants is about four children of Disney villains. It plays around with the idea of morally grey characters, the choice between being good or evil and was a nice twist on the expectant parent cliche. Although in this case, the expectation is to be evil instead of being a hero. H.I.V.E. is very similar to that. The students in this school are either children of villains or have done something to show they have potential to be a super villain. They're trained in the school to take over family business, live up to villainous legacies, etc.H.I.V.E. also embraces the most eccentric parts of being a super villain. There very much is a "what is the point of being bad if you don't have style?" to their viewpoint. It's cliche and reminds me a lot of old James Bond villains but it also works. It gives the school a more whimsical feel to it.Overall, I can understand why middle school students would enjoy this book. It has action, a cast made up completely of bad guys, and creates a world that would appeal to children in that age range. My only main critique of this book is it lacked the depth and world building that would make this book appealing to readers outside this limited age bracket. It's possible that may change as time goes on. The first book clearly existed to introduce our main cast of characters and the world they were thrown into. It's possible that more depth and details are added as we go on. I will probably read the next two books to see if my feelings on this change.But ultimately, take this book for what it is. A fun adventure that most tweens will enjoy reading. And that isn't a bad thing.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-15 07:20

    Welcome to H.I.V.E., a top-secret boarding school for evil child geniuses.The concept was interesting enough, even though similar things have been done before. Reading a book from the perspective of the villian(s) is different, because you end up liking them despite the bad things they may have done. But the "Special kid goes to a school for other special kids and becomes the best of them all" trope is a little overused. I think I would have appreciated it more if I was younger.The characters, while entertaining and likable, were pretty flat. We have:-Otto, the genius, arrogant protag who saves the day-Laura, basically the nice girl that we all know will end up with said protag-Wing, the "Asian kid," as he is described half the time-Nigel, the little kid who struggles to live up to his father's name-Franz, the heavy German kid who is always hungry-And Shelby, a snobbish rich girl who actually turns out to be the most well-rounded characterBlock and Tackle, the two bullies, really bothered me. It seemed they only existed to make the main characters' lives miserable. Also, their names are ridiculous and make their role in the story bluntly obvious. Dr. Nero was fascinating to me, since he seemed to have an interesting background, though it wasn't explored much in this book.The pacing of the plot was very uneven throughout the story. Nothing really happens for the first half of the book, and a large chunk is used for Otto's backstory (although, since this is the first book in the series, it makes sense). The plot starts to pick up momentum in the last 100 pages. The ending didn't really surprise me at all.My favorite part of H.I.V.E. was probably the humor. I did laugh, even though some of the jokes were a little silly. Here's one of my favorite quotes:"Life at H.I.V.E. may have its attractions after all, Otto thought. Friends, as they say, may come and go, but high-powered laser weapons are forever."And this one:“Darkdoom? Darkdoom did this?" Nero was visibly surprised. He placed a hand on his forehead, rubbing his temples. "Oh, why is it always the bald ones?”For a first book, H.I.V.E. is pretty good, and I'll probably pick up the other books in the series because I've heard they get even better. It was a good introduction to the characters and story world, and the jokes were pretty hilarious.

  • Rad
    2019-04-28 09:24

    This book was two stars until the ending, which is actually quite decent, even for a cliffhanger. Otherwise, the book was kind of forgettable. I think that a lot of people will actually like this concept quite a bit, and probably like the characters as well, but I was not one of those people. I think what got me was that the world-building seemed incomplete. Or vague, maybe - about as vague as the location of a certain island volcano. I never got a very good sense of H.I.V.E., or any of the people involved with it. Even when Wing shared his heartbreaking story, all I could think was, "This came about a hundred pages too late." The first half of the book and the second half of the book read like two completely different books.But one other thing this book's got going for it: the motivation is clear. (Well, for most of the characters. Not the shadowy figure that shows up twice. But that's to be expected, isn't it?)OH! AND I totally called that Adam Rex had done the cover illustrations. Adam Rex, your style is distinctive!

  • Nina
    2019-04-24 09:10

    "Hogwarts untuk penjahat tapi tanpa sihir." Plot dan karakter di HIVE seri pertama oke. Meski tagline-nya seperti di Hogwarts, dengan segala fasilitas dan kemampuan para muridnya, mengingatkan saya pada film Spy Kids. Bagian mendekati terakhir saat warga HIVE melawan tanaman bermutasi Nigel terbilang seru dan mendebarkan.

  • Sasha Khalid
    2019-04-23 02:08

    I had such high hopes for this one especially after reading king of bad. But this one turned out so dull and boring, i had to force myself into finishing it.

  •  Amelia
    2019-05-13 02:06

    This could've been a great MG/ YA series, like 39 Clues, but the whole concept and potential was drowned in cliches and lack of character development. Basically, every character had a "specific set of skills" (XD) which the MC could use, and nothing more. Otto, of corse, being the perfect orphan-hero-to-be had all of those skills and more. Now here is some eye-rolling material found in the book: Russian spy named Raven, mysterious dangerous dude called Number One, professor who's literally in a cat's body, a villain with the last name Darkdoom, and of course, the fact that the school is in a cave on an island. Is there a cliche that Walden didn't use? I don't know if this book is supposed to be like a sort of parody on every spy book/ movie ever, or what? I just couldn't take it seriously. The ending was fine I guess, but I'm probably not gonna continue with the series. It was fun, not gonna lie, but I think the younger kids might like it more.

  • Clayton Schulenburg
    2019-05-21 09:22

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and full of amazing ideas that the author had. I recommend this for anyone who wants a fast exciting read.

  • Heather Eames
    2019-05-02 02:04

    I got through this book fairly quickly, and although I did enjoy it, I don't think I'm invested enough to read the other books in the series. Good as a one off read, and fairly easy to follow.

  • Vishal Mehta
    2019-04-28 07:17

    Well, its not Artemis Fowl ... but fun anyways.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-11 05:13

    GRRRRR CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS SHOULD BE FORBIDDEN PHGKSDHGAHKGHKAHGAKAGHHHHHHHHH.Anyways. The book. Right.So, H.I.V.E. is the debut novel from the author, Mr. Mark Walden. The premise--a school for villains-in-the-making--is a nice one, and is the whole reason I wanted to read the book. Now, this book sure isn't flawless. (Not like any book is flawless, anyway...) But it was a fun read, and I did enjoy it.Alright. Here's the actual scoop:For one, I didn't get the idea of why Otto, Wing, Laura, and Shelby wanted to escape. It was like, "Oh, wow, we're on this island that could totally mold us into VILLAINS EVERYBODY FEARS OOOOOHHHHHH...Let's escape. Because, hey, if we just stayed at H.I.V.E. all nice and peaceful and schtuff, this book would be booooooring. Right? So, we're gonna try to escape, even though we don't really have much motivation to do so. Okay? Who's with me?" It seemed like a rather jerky transition that the moment they arrive at the school, they're planning their escape route. Without even seeing if the school is, say, more exciting than their la-dee-da boring lives outside of it. So, yeah. I had a problem. The end.Another thing: I wasn't enamored of Otto. The protagonist. In other, words, someone you want to root for, unless the author deliberately makes him or her an anit-hero type of person. In H.I.V.E., though, Otto doesn't seem to be deliberately unlikable. He just isn't compelling enough. His backstory, and the whole reason he was brought to H.I.V.E. in the first place, wasn't as intriguing as a protag's backstory should be. Had Wing or Shelby been the that would have been awesome. Or, if the entire story had been told from Raven's POV... Okay, now I'm getting into serious daydreaming. But really, Raven was totally my favorite character. Clad in black, feared assassin, double katanas...what is not to like?! I want to know more about her. I really hope that there's more about her in the sequels.... Also, was it just me or was there a speck of romance between Raven and Nero? See, this is a little awkward because I'm not sure what the age difference is between the two of them, but still, I think that would be great if their relationship is developed a little more.As for the writing: It's still a bit beginner-esque, and there is some random head-jumping at some parts of the book, which I cannot condone...however, there seems to be a well of untapped potential, and I'm excited to see the writing style grow and mature throughout the next books in the series.The last note I'm going to make is a little one on Violet: (view spoiler)[Did anybody else think of "Little Shop of Horrors" or was it just me?! I mean, like, the way she grew uncontrollably after having that little drop of Nigel's blood (which I think is the cause; I could be wrong)? For one thing, carnivorous plants are creepy and I don't like them. But I'll agree that it was a good way to band the school together against imminent peril, and reconcile Otto and Nero, if only a bit. And the whole yin/yang thing with Wing and Nero...awesome. I can't wait to find out more about that plot twist, either! (hide spoiler)]This book was altogether a pretty great debut novel for Mr. Mark Walden! I will definitely say, at the expense of sounding cheesy and possibly cliche, that he has got me hooked on H.I.V.E.!

  • Torrin
    2019-04-24 02:08

    It's always unpleasant to think, "Am I too old for this book?" To be honest, even if a book isn't meant for a certain age group, gender, whatever, its enjoyability should overpower that. But no, H.I.V.E. is not one of those books - not at all. I suppose it's geared towards kids around middle school. Funny that this genre was made for me just a few years ago (now, YA is supposedly more suitable), but I never really read books like this. Why? It was so trope-y, boring, simplistic, as though children can only understand deeply established cliches. This is not true for all youth books. I often cannot help but commend their openness and huge imaginations, something that almost becomes lazy in YA (at least in my personal experience). But this is not one of those books. H.I.V.E. really annoyed me with the fact that it didn't surprise me. It almost played out like every action Disney movie I saw as a kid (and I saw most of them), from the life-changing event to the shattered plans to the big baddie to the understanding that maybe things aren't what they seem. The book reeked of Harry Potter and other books, I'm sure, but lacked the magic that Harry Potter weaved. In the place of Harry, a tolerant protagonist, we get Otto, whose specialness is even more played up without being seen. Otto is rather benign, passive, and bland.In place of Hogwarts, which was so intricately weaved to be captivating and original, we get the Higher Institute of Villainous Education. Simplistic in every sense of the word, it's everything I could imagine. And that's bad. No surprises here. Lots of high-tech gadgets, evil teachers, whatever. You know the deal. I just felt like this book lacked character and needed something deeper. Even the author's writing rang bland, like a bare essay being read by an unenthusiastic student. The parts that should have been exciting kept that same voice. Adding to the feeling of emotional disconnect, the POV was a fairly bland third person omniscient, and there was a lot of telling instead of showing. The point of view constantly skipped when something exciting was happening, as though the author couldn't create excitement with his own characters. No wonder. They were bland. Otto was the typical protagonist. He was supposed to be smart and efficient. He was constantly singled out as special. But in reality, he neither took a leadership role nor had any proficiency that seemed important. He was typically uninteresting, like the rest of the characters. I could explain them in a sentence. They never really got out of their stereotypes. And the amount of emotion we get out of them is something like this: "Otto couldn't understand why he was angry."Thanks, Mr. Walden. Sure needed that. This was a typical grueling read for me. Bland, boring, cliche. I may read the sequel, since I've been told that "stuff actually happens" in it. But to be honest, it's not my opinion that matters anymore. I'm just a bored, critical teenager. I'll think of the age group. Maybe younger kids would like this book. I don't know. Maybe. With that in mind, H.I.V.E. gains a generous star.Need more cooties? Check out my blog, Sugodemic!

  • Lauren
    2019-04-27 02:17

    Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E) is a great book. The main character is Otto, an intelligent boy from a run down orphanage. Otto never really had any friends because he was "different" than most of the other kids in the orphanage, but when he is transported to H.I.V.E, a secret school for kids used to train them into the greatest super villains, he meets Wing. The two soon become great friends and they both immediately hate H.I.V.E. The two soon put together a team to make a plan to flee from the evil school, but wiith the all-knowing head of the school, Dr. Nero, leaving H.I.V.E will not be an easy task. I give the book a 5 star rating. It deserves this rating, because the author, Mark Walden, put the plot together fantastically. He keeps the reader constantly guessing about the characters, because he just gives you a little bit of information about the characters and then as the book progresses on he gives you more information about them. Information like: what their parents were like, what their past was like, and what they did to cause H.I.V.E to take an interest in them. He uses this technique on Otto, Wing, and many other characters. The book also deserves this rating, because it is full of adventure and suspense. The majority of the adventure and suspense comes toward the end of the book. The events leading up to the beginning of the end of the book were pretty laid back, but still very interesting. What really caused the book to have a 5 out of 5 was the ending. The book's ending was very dramatic and exciting. The author couldn't have pick better words to put on the final pages. The final pages were amazing. I felt it was a huge cliff hanger. I am very happy that I don't have to wait long for the second book. The book also has many humorous comments and events throughout it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved the Harry Potter series or the Percy Jackson series. All three series center around a special place for kids who have qualities or skills that most other kids do not have. This book would also be a great read for people who like fantasy or adventure novels because the book talks about a fantasy-like school for villainous kids with fantasy-like skills and traits. The book is an adventure book because it is telling the adventures Otto takes trying to deal with his new life at H.I.V.E. The book has a 7.5 book level for AR, so I would not recommend it to people who aren't used to reading higher level books, because the way the characters talk is different than most characters in other books talk. Even so the book is pretty easy to comprehend. So I would think that anyone who loves suspenseful and adventurous books would love this book.

  • Pranta Ghosh Dastider
    2019-05-05 05:15

    Ok, lets talk about this. I have started to read the book last month when I bought two books from the series. And I thought I would check out the first book since it's rated so high! And for the first 40% of the book I roam around to find absolutely no reason to say it a 4 out of 5 rated book. Ok lets say for first 30-35% it was alright a decent 3.5 rating to be exact. The characters were interesting the story was developing, many things were common in an alternate version but I didn't hate it. I liked Otto, Wing and other characters and thought they had the potential to do something great, something insidious. But then the story decided to go in Otto's past, and that's where I start to hate the story. And by the end it had earned the rating given by me. The story didn't have particularly fascinating plot overall. It was just going, and going but with no particular development towards a greater climax. They did a lot of school class which bored me out of my wit and placed me into a state of frustration. The twists were not a twist at all even a reader could guess how the plan will fail before even the characters get to make the plan. There was no anti hero, no excitement and no nothing to make a reader feel rewarded by the end. And then there were some forceful twists which you cannot see coming, and had no hints from past! They just popped up too sudden, which wasn't a good thing. The ending battle was good(somewhat considering the whole story), but it was for nothing. It was just an accident not something that anyone would want to mark as a great end of a story. Too many characters, too many explanation, too many build up, too much open ended conclusion, which make me only a little interested in checking out the next book. If I have learned one thing from this book is how not to write a story. Yes, it was a great lesson. A story has to get build up from the very beginning for a greater plot which you may or may not conclude by the end, but a poorly constructed story is like an improperly cooked meal which the audience should not enjoy devouring even if they have to eat it by the end. I am sorry to see that a story which had such a good premises, such nice characters had ended up to be so unattractive that I feel I have wasted my time in getting to know them.I feel really sorry for H.I.V.E

  • Ani
    2019-04-29 08:00

    HAMBAR!!! Harapanku tinggi ketika baca sinopsisnya, idenya unik dan aku suka. Tapi ceritanya... Tidak se-elegan idenya. Aku tahu kalau ini buat Young-Adult, tapi tetap saja elemen penting novel terlewatkan. Karakternya kurang dalam dan terlalu menggampangkan. Bagaimana mungkin anak genius seperti itu nggak ada kelainan psikologis seperti superior, atau minimal, perfeksionis? Teknologinya umum banget tapi dibuat seakan rumit. Yeah, I know that what its like. Seperti membayangkan cara kerja teknologi modern yang keren padahal kita sendiri tidak terlalu mengerti teknologi. Tapi mungkin harapanku terlalu tinggi. Bagaimana mungkin aku mengharapkan teknologi "Mr. Robot" dalam hal ini? Pelarian dirinya terlalu mudah. Keluar dari lemari? Kenapa nggak ada penjagaan daei celah yang sangat begitu jelas seperti itu? Lagi-lagi harapanku terlalu tinggi. Bagaimana mungkin aku mengharapkan melarikan diri dengan penuh gaya seperti "Prison Break"?Dan kelemahan terbesar, ada pada konsep dan siswa-siswa sekolah ini sendiri. Kenapa sekolah penjahat menuntut siswa untuk menurut pada aturan dan berbuat baik? Well, seharusnya bisa sedikit lebih garang dan kata-kata kotor, hinaan, kenakalan, kekacauan di sana-sini, curang, dsb. Masa calon penjahat harus taat aturan dan sekolah seperti anak penurut? Mau mendidik jadi anak kucing? Dan aku juga menduga penulisnya belum pernah membaca Noam Chomsky. Mungkin bisa memberikan gambaran "Who Rules The World" dan menyadari kalau mau mendidik untuk jadi penjahat kelas atas yang eksekutif-eksekutif gitu, seharusnya yang diperkuat adalah manipulasi orang, berbohong dan mendeteksi bohong, persuasif, dsb. Bukan latihan teknis atau teknologi aneh. Sepertinya kritikanku cukup pedas. Tapi maaf, itu yg sedang kurasakan. Ide buku ini cukup bagus. Sangat menarik malah. Apa aku akan baca buku kedua? Kupikir tidak. Karena banyak kejanggalan-kejanggalan yang bikin aku malas baca. Kalau saja lebih 'nyata' dengan logika logika yang bisa diterima, mungkin aku akan mempertimbangkannya. Cerita fiksi se-fantasi apa pun, kalau bisa mempertahankan kelurusan ide dan jalan cerita akan menjadi cerita yang luar biasa. Karena disitulah cerita bisa dipetik hikmahnya.

  • Matt
    2019-04-28 10:06

    The first book in a YA series that smells a lot like Harry Potter, but isn't quite as good as the Percy Jackson books. It's also a somewhat predictable book, albeit predictable in enjoyable ways. Neither the characters nor the plot are in the same category as Rowlings or even Riordan or Colfer. Still, I found myself getting into it by the end, and starting to appreciate the unique elements of the first book.Orphan boy genius Otto Malpense-- who is in the unique position of having peers who respect and value his superhuman intellect, instead of fearing him and wanting to remove his face-- humiliates Britain's corrupt prime minister using a tiny robot and mind control, and suddenly his potential is recognized by the world's supervillain community. In a flash, he is whisked off to H.I.V.E., a high-tech version of Hogwarts that a) no one leaves before graduation and b) is populated only by Slytherins. Instead of Houses there are apparently three "streams" for budding villains-- Alphas, Henchmen, and Financial. Otto is an obvious Alpha (evil mastermind), and so he is grouped with an interesting array of young prodigies with different talents. None of his fellow first years seem particularly evil yet, but I suspect that will change over time.The problem of the first book? Escape from the H.I.V.E. The superhuman youngsters have a challenge ahead of them, and while the final results are predictable it's still fun. Speaking as a writer, there was about a quarter of a twist in the ending, a slight improvement on what my brain concluded was the "right" way for the series to go without really trying.One of the problems that struck me is that this book is written even more like a screenplay than most novels. The way it switches fluidly between POV characters, and the sometimes strained efforts towards clever commentary both struck me as attempts to make sure the book is suitable for filming even before the author started. Still, transparent motives or not, I liked it.For more on comics, horror, humanity, morality and the world check out The Stupid Philosopher, aka a place where I put my words.

  • Jack Heath
    2019-05-13 04:01

    If you kidnapped the world's most mischeivous, cunning teenagers and imprisoned them at a secret training academy for supervillains, what would happen?That's the shamelessly ridiculous premise of Mark Walden's H.I.V.E. (which stands for Higher Institute of Villainous Education) and if you can suspend your disbelief far enough, you will find it a rewarding read. The dialogue is witty, the plot twists deft, and the setting inventive, with plenty of knowing nods to the comic books and Bond films which pioneered the supervillain tropes. (The school is built within a volcano and features special classes for henchmen.)Walden has strong feel for clichés, and delights in using them to turn the reader's expectations upside-down. The skinny, dimwitted blonde is revealed to be more devious than any of her fellow students. The cold, katana-wielding Japanese boy turns out to be not an enemy but a friend. But the book's real strength is the protagonist, Otto Malpense, whose back story is exposed in teasing fragments and whose plan to escape from H.I.V.E. is the engine that drives the story at a cracking pace.When my own writing is described as cinematic, I struggle to take it as a compliment, since films tend to be more superficial than books. They lack smells, tastes, themes and thoughts. With its flashy set-pieces and costumes, H.I.V.E. sometimes does feel like a movie rather than a novel. But it's such a good movie that it doesn't matter, so I'd recommend it to anyone who thought Hogwarts lacked gadgetry.