Ages 14-18 / YA Sci-Fi / Thomas Nelson
Win a set of ALIENATION by Jon Lewis for your book club. Enter to win by emailing the publisher (write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
Growing up I was always the underdog. I was a late bloomer, which is a nice way of saying I was small for my age. I grew up in a neighborhood where the people worked hard, but didn't have a lot of money. Outside of my parents, people wouldn't have looked at me and expected greatness, but I had a different idea. I took that as a challenge and made sure I worked harder than everyone else, and I never lost track of my dream. That's why I think stories about underdogs are critical. We were all born to do something special, and once we figure that out, we can soar. ALIENATION, the second book in the CHAOS Trilogy, is about Colt McAlister, a true underdog. He's been called to do something great, and he's not sure if he can live up to it. He's been asked to transfer to a special military academy where the students are being trained to fight a horde of aliens. But he gets caught up in a murderous plot and he's worried that his best friend is a part of it. Colt has two choices: he can run, or he can stay and fight. But the choices aren't as clear as they seem.
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it,
Jon S. Lewis
"Flying motorcycles, shape-shifting aliens, comic book superscience, and mind-control technology...a fun read...."
"Comic book characters come to life! ...Brisk pace, aliens and jet-packs -- Lewis is a veteran of the comic-book industry, and his plot is a domestic read-alike of Alex Rider."
1. One of the stipulations for attending the CHAOS Military Academy is that cadets are not allowed to use cell phones, portable music players or laptop computers. They have no access to the Internet or their families for 18 months. What would it take for you to make that kind of sacrifice?
2. The night before Colt moved to Virginia, agents from the Department of Alien Affairs detained him. They detained Lily too. Colt wanted to call her and apologize for what happened, but he was worried that she'd be upset, so he put it off until it was too late. Are you the kind of person who prefers to ignore interpersonal conflict, hoping that time will help the problem disappear? Or do you like to talk things out right away and get it over with?
3. Colt went through a series of dangerous tests sanctioned by the United States government when he was a child. They wiped his memory, but his parents and his grandfather knew about them. They never told him. When Colt finally found out they knew, he felt betrayed. Is withholding the truth the same as lying? Is there ever a time when withholding the truth or lying would be the upright thing to do?
4. All his life, Colt dreamt of saving the world from super villains and alien invasions. But now that he has the chance to actually do it, he isn't sure if he's ready. Has there been a time in your life when you were called on to do something, but you didn't feel qualified? What happened?
5. Colt appreciates that Danielle tells him the truth, even when it might upset him. Do you have friends in your life who are willing to be honest with you, even if it means that you might get upset? Are you willing to be honest with your friends regardless of their reactions?
6. Pierce Bowen attacks a cadet at the CHAOS Military Academy because he was different. Colt steps in to protect the cadet even though he risks getting jumped by Pierce and his friends. What would you do if you saw someone getting bullied?
Watch the book trailer and for more information about ALIENATION, visit the publisher's website.
AUTHOR CALL-IN INFORMATION: Jon S. Lewis is happy to call-in to or Skype with your club. He can meet with your group if you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and he is also available for school presentations in the continental United States. Email the author to submit your request.