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Otto 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.?
GBC Review by Sofia S.
Hey, GBC! So this month’s book is H.I.V.E by Mark Walden. H.I.V.E stands for Higher Institute Of Villainous Education, and the book is pretty much about a school for villains. What stood out was how usually schools for Villains are all dirty and dingy holes in the ground with random crazy people for students, but H.I.V.E is a super modern, high tech facility with modern geniuses who learn about rockets and stealth and power. The book follows a boy genius named Otto Malpense and how he finds his time at his new boarding school to be. From secret agents to zombie plants, I loved this book!
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