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Hatch: The Overthrow, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Half-alien teens fight back in violent, overstuffed sequel.

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This fast-paced read throws too much into one sequel -- from giant bugs to alien ships to half-alien teens with hidden powers to bunker experiments -- but it's an exciting ride. Sci-fi focused fans will dig the mysterious communications Anaya begins to have with an alien she names Terra, but be disappointed that we're left hanging at the end of Hatch. They will also enjoy the new powers the teens have, including telepathy. It's a smart move for veteran author Kenneth Oppel to lock the kids away for the first half of the book so we can focus on the changes their experiencing instead of the giant worms ripping up cities in the outside world. Every good superhero origin story gives heroes time to explore their new powers.

While the sci-fi elements are engaging, the personal dramas of the three main characters are less so. They all experience some major missteps. Petra stubbornly insists on trusting and confiding in a man who clearly only cares about the teens as lab rats. No reader will think that will end well. Seth also trusts the wrong person and suffers for it. As for Anaya, we don't know yet because she wants to trust the aliens and refuses to listen to anyone else. The trio comes together at the end of the story despite how different they've become. Let's hope this fraught friendship can sustain them through all the exciting and alien-invasion action to come in Book 3.

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