Higher Institute of Villainous Education

Walden, Mark

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 1416935711
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 27, 2013
  • ggbookreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quotes from the book: " ... detailing one nefarious plot after another, each one seeming more devilishly cunning than the last one." and "When you graduate from H.I.V.E. you will be the trailblazers, the cutting edge of evil, leaders for whom conventional should never be good enough." Pure entertaining work of fiction, great for encouraging readers to work toward their "evil best." And you will probably never guess what all this will lead to as you read the storyline. As you read the descriptions, of the characters & their surroundings, they are so clear that you will be able to visualize this story in your head & mind. *Plenty of action, suspense, and intrigue to keep you turning the pages until you get to the story's conclusion.

May 21, 2012
  • silverwings rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's exciting, funny and a great twist to the usual hero villain portrayals. Definitely a must read!

Apr 09, 2012

There is 6 books in all the princeton public library has up to the 5th. I have one word to describe this series AWESOME! I love the action and there is a hint of romance between otto and laura and between shelby and wing. Wing's character is awesome. I actually did a book report on this series and got 100%. In other words read the series!

Dec 18, 2011
  • skywalker13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

what can i say? awesome story, awesome characters, evil criminal masterminds... who needs more? the whole series is great... but some of the later books get a little repetitive in concept

Apr 02, 2011

This evil GENIUS reminds me of myself. Indeed

Nov 05, 2010
  • dragonlover_samantha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

VERY GOOD BOOK, although it does really remind me of Artemis Fowl. The only thing I have a problem with is the fact that in the helicopter, apparently Otto lost his memory, and then later he does have his memory, but it has no mention whatsoever of it returning.

Aug 28, 2010
  • Shadow_Assassin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is really funny I loved it and recommend it to others.

Aug 27, 2010
  • goldenguppy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was written with a terrific sense of humor! The characters were, at times, less than realistic, but I suppose that only makes a better supervillian!

Aug 12, 2010
  • (Staff) Elaine Bird rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read. Lots of action. Interesting characters. Highly recommended

Mar 04, 2010
  • Claidheamohmor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a good book with gripping action. The plot itself was slow and only took off after a while, but the sequel, and its probable sequel all build a story with an immersive environment.

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