Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E. #1)
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.?
Thirteen year old Otto Malpenese is a genious, who not only uses his brains for good, but evil. This is the reason he finds himself at H.I.V.E.--The Higher Institute of Villainous Education. There he meats a kid named Wing, with whom he plots a dangerous plan to do what no one has ever done a H.I.V.E. If you are looking for a book that keeps you on the edge of your seet, this is a book for you.
HIVE? Hive? A book about bees? No way I'm going to read this. No chance I'll even try. I've heard 'don't judge a book by its cover' but not 'don't judge a book by its title'. HA! You wish. Just kidding. That's what I thought at first. But don't you dare think that. It was amazing. Otto Malpense, the main character, is sponge-like to books, reading page after page with amazing speed. He started when he was 3. He doesn't know his parents, which I found is common, but still awesome. And then HIVE, the Higher Institue of Villanous Education notices him. Well, of course they did. How could they not when he forced the president to say very bad stuff to prevent the orphanage he was running well to be shut down. He's really smart and can tell what a device is capable of, how to improve it, and what's wrong with one, just by looking at it. Well, he's forced into HIVE, where he meets Wing, Laura, and Shelby. At first Shelby is reluctant to reveal her true personality but without her, Otto, Wing, and Laura might not have escaped. Well, the problem is: Do they escape? I thought this was very thrilling. Otto has to choose between his new-found friends or freedom. Why does he want to escape in the first place? It was awesome. Otto Malpense is the only person in the world who has made me doubt that Artemis Fowl is the smartest person in the world. This was an amazing book.