Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Family movie night? There's an app for that

Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.

Parents' Guide to

Thrive: The Overthrow, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Nonstop action and mayhem in alien-invasion finale.

Thrive: The Overthrow, Book 3 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (1 ):

This alien-invasion series finale has a summer blockbuster feel with nonstop action, cool spaceships, and teens saving the day. Will the teens save the world? Of course -- not really a spoiler, is it? Will the ending truly satisfy? About as much as a summer blockbuster -- on more of a surface level that glosses over some tough realities, like what happens to the alien-human hybrid teens left behind when society still doesn't accept them?

If you can get past this fact, Thrive is a great ride. At one point, it's a ride in an alien pod from space down to earth for one unlucky teen hybrid. It's a scene so tense you won't have any fingernails left at the end of it. The three teen leads all go in separate, fascinating directions in the story: to space and back, to an enemy ship hovering ominously over British Columbia, to a stranded ship underwater filled with hungry alien sea creatures. Having the hybrids' perspective means readers get so much closer to the action. The hybrids talk to the aliens telepathically and visit their bizarre fleshy ships and do everything the aliens do – even fly with them -- instead of sitting there pressing buttons like some hapless leader watching Armageddon from a military base. It makes Thrive feel even more up-close exciting than your favorite action blockbuster, even without the screen.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate