This is the 2nd book of the C.H.A.O.S Trilogy. I confess to not reading the 1st one, as I received this one from Book Sneeze to review. That wasn’t a big problem. There’s a little comic strip section in the front of the book explaining the background of the story. It is a fun little inclusion.
This is definitely a Young Adult book- and in a lot of ways, it might have been better to continue the whole thing as a graphic novel, because that’s really what it reads like. There’s not a lot of character development; there is a lot of stuff that is way out there and difficult to believe in the way the characters act and react. It’s very much an action book, not big on description.
Basically, Colt is a teenager (around 16, I guess, it never was clear) that is newly orphaned and living with his Grandpa, who apparently is a famous superhero immortalized in comic books. He and his two friends are on their way to the CHAOS Military Academy- although for some reason Colt is also being pushed as the successor to the CHAOS Directorship. (Which makes no sense to me, as it is obvious through the whole book that he’s a young, clueless kid- and no government agency is going to be run by a clueless teenager. A bit too far-fetched on that one for me.) In the meantime, the current director of CHAOS has hired an assassin to get rid of Colt. There’s some background stuff going on to fill things out nicely, but that pretty much sums it up.
It was a quick, fun little read. It did hold my interest quite well, even though some of it was a bit far-fetched. All in all, it was a nice distraction; and probably a great book for teens.