"Prickly strands of energy traced the lines of our bodies in an instant and in a bright flash we became ghostlike shadows. Another moment passed and we became nothing. Olivia reached out for us in utter despair. She tried to scream but couldn’t."
Where to buy: Lucas Ryan Versus: The Hive by Madison DanielA day in the life of the world’s newest hero.
Video games. Homework. High school. Bullies. Detention. Crushes. Secrets. Other dimensions. Monsters. Super powers.
The end of the world.
Lucas Ryan is on the edge of an epic journey. One that will test his friendships, reveal a hidden secret and challenge his young heart. Prepare yourself for an adventure wrapped in music, imagination and sacrifice.
You will believe.
I’ve had the chance to read Ember and Downpour by Madison Daniel and I liked them both. The series is full of adventure, danger and unexpected twists, but Lucas Ryan Versus: The Hive is entirely different from Ember and I absolutely loved it.
A couple of months ago I read Erebos by Poznanski Ursula and I have been looking since then for a book a little similar to it. Lucas Ryan VS is similar in some ways: a young boy looking to unravel the mysteries that surrounds a certain object. In this case, Lucas Ryan discovers that he is connected with a strange rock that speaks to him. The story behind the origin of the rock was pretty surprising and I honestly did not expect it to be a SF adventure (because I kind of forgot to read the synopsis).
Ryan is the typical teenager, the fix it all of the school when it comes to technology and an avid gamer. He is smart when it comes to strategies in games and when he must repair something, but often gets into trouble because of his big mouth. He has a crush since ever with Olivia, but he is kind of a coward when it comes to speaking with her. But the part that I loved the most is his friends, the fact that they are there. They are all supportive and always willing to do whatever it takes to help him or save him and the feeling is mutual.
By throwing Ryan’s friends into the action, Madison could portrait very well the spirit of sacrifice and at the same time the willing to fight. The book was action packed, when the day started and the bad guys took over the school, there wasn’t a page too dull. Everyone was running and fighting or hiding. Mostly the ones considered cowards, like Ryan and his friends stood up in front of an entire army, while teachers and the ones that could protect them were hiding.
The final battle was intense, or so I felt it. It felt like I was in the middle of a video game with dragons and knights. And who says that playing video games will never help? All those strategies from the games? Ryan could simply apply them when he confronted the aliens.
I can only compare the ending with a roller-coaster. You know when you think that the race is over just to find yourself sustained in the air again? That is how the ending felt, when I thought the story ended, another battle started again.