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"H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education"

"H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education", by Mark Walden, is one of my very favorite books! It's great, with all its suspense, twists, and turns. I love how the author is able to really show the thoughts and feelings of the villainous characters in this ...
"H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education", by Mark Walden, is one of my very favorite books! It's great, with all its suspense, twists, and turns. I love how the author is able to really show the thoughts and feelings of the villainous characters in this book, and give them a bit of a more endearing quality, rather than the dark and sinister personality usual expressed through "the bad guys". Walden does a great job of taking something that someone else may express as a dark topic, what with all the encouraging evil thoughts and containing lots of violence, and giving the wonderful story a comedic twist. I love H.I.V.E., and everyone in it. From the mysterious assassin Raven to the snarky former jewel thief Shelby Trinity, this book is one of the best (not to mention most begging to be turned into a major motion picture) books I have read yet.

posted by Anonymous on December 22, 2011

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The Best?

This book was very good. It was not the best, but it had me searching for the second one immediately after I finished. I recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction and action.

posted by 8372848 on May 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

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    Great book by terrific author Mark Walden!

    The story H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute for Villainous Education) takes place in a school in a volcano in the early 2000s. This story is by Mark Walden. In the beginning of the book a boy named Otto Malpense finds himself in a helicopter in the middle of an ocean. He has clearly been captured. There is a tall Asian boy named Wing Fanchu sitting next to him, and the two become fast friends. Wing and Otto are taken to a school for villains (H.I.V.E.) which is in the middle of a volcano. The school is run by a mysterious man named Dr. Nero, and his assistant is a deadly assassin called Raven. The boys meet other first-time students including Laura, Shelby, and Nigel. On their first day the students have unique lessons like Beginner's Evil, Tactical Education, Stealth and Evasion, and Practical Technology. After two months, they are still in the school, but Otto, Wing, Laura, and Shelby devise a clever plan to escape from the evil school. However, the four friends are caught at the last minute by Nero and Raven. Meanwhile that same night, Nigel, who is experimenting with plants, accidentally creates an enormous live monster flower. The evil creature rampages around the school. Otto finds a way to defeat this huge flower and crushes it under tons and tons of rock. Finally, Wing's mother is dead, but he has half of her amulet, and he notices that Dr. Nero has the other half! He decides to find out how Nero got it and stays at the school, and Otto stays with him.
    The author's words in this book are very descriptive and paint pictures in the reader's mind. Also, the name H.I.V.E. is very foreshadowing, as the school is like a hive-or a prison. The book is very adventurous and the characters are creative. A negative fact of this book is that it was almost too mysterious-especially at the end. A few of the characters were unlikable, like the evil mind reading Contessa, and the obnoxious, whining, Franz Argentblum. There are also some difficult words in this book that I had to look up in the dictionary. Some of these words were monoliths and concentric.
    The writing style of the author Mark Walden is very good. He used third person point of view in H.I.V.E. Walden also used a lot of figurative language in this book. The words were extremely descriptive. Some great words in this book were indicative, rebelliousness, monoliths, and concentric. Walden's writing style is also very easy to understand, save for a few words here and there.
    I would recommend this book because it is descriptive, it is action-paced, and it is adventurous. It is also good because most of the characters are interesting and creative. A novel similar to this one is H.I.V.E. The Overlord Protocol (book two in the series). The London Eye Mystery is great too. Another good one is Scat. I have read a book by the same man who wrote Scat, Carl Hiaasen. This book by Hiaasen is Hoot. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a very exciting book, the first in a series of five. I think many people would enjoy award winning The Mysterious Benedict Society by the terrific author Trenton Lee Stewart. These are all great books!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Very good!

    Pop quiz! What is james bond+hogwarts+evil? H.i.v.e. that's what!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    Quotes from the book: " ... detailing one nefarious plot af

    Quotes from the book: " ... detailing one nefarious plot after another, each one seeming more devilishly cunning than the last one." and "When you graduate from H.I.V.E. you will be the trailblazers, the cutting edge of evil, leaders for whom conventional should never be good enough." Pure entertaining work of fiction, great for encouraging readers to work toward their "evil best." And you will probably never guess what all this will lead to as you read the storyline. As you read the descriptions, of the characters & their surroundings, they are so clear that you will be able to visualize this story in your head & mind. *Plenty of action, suspense, and intrigue to keep you turning the pages until you get to the story's conclusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    #1 book!

    Loooooooovvvvveeee it! Best book ever! Ecept the cliff-hanger at the end. I give it a 4-5.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Mistakes

    The are mistakes with sme words but still a good book

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    good book

    artemis fowl has some competition for most devious child villian in Otto

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Captivating!

    "H.I.V.E.," was a captivating and fun read! It is full of high-tech stuff, life-or-death situations, and it is set at a breakneck pace of adventure! Do not miss this novel that will be sure to keep you thinking on it even after the last page was turned!

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.com

    Welcome to Hogwarts for bad guys, minus the magic. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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). <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    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. 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. **Reviewed by: Jeremey

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