Otto Malpense is a clever and cunning young genius, but he’s not sure the Higher Institute of Villainous Education- also known as the H.I.V.E. – is for him. The terrifying headmaster, Dr. Nero, wants him to reach full potential as a supervillain full of diabolical deeds, but all Otto wants to do is escape and go back to his own life. As he and his new friend Wing, a martial arts guru with incredible skill, make enemies and stumble on information, plans begin to form. It will take a lot of research, stealth, and friendship to pull off this plot, but Otto thinks he and his team will be able to break out of H.I.V.E.
I give this book 7.15 pens. The writing was well done, if not too advanced, and it kept me excited. I was always interested to see what happened next. However, the ending was one of the worst cliffhangers I’ve ever experienced, ever. For a debut novel, I found it a quick and engaging read, and I sincerely hope there will be a sequel- I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to find out.