“I’m sure that there must have been times when you have read books or watched films and found yourself secretly wishing for the villain to win. Why? Isn’t that against the rules by which our society lives? Why should you feel this way? It’s simple, really; the villain is the true hero of these tales, not the well-intentioned moron who somehow foils their diabolical scheme. The villain get’s all the best lines, has the best costumes, has unlimited power and wealth- why on earth would anyone not want to be the villain?”
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.?
My older brother recommended this book. When I saw the title, I was like: “Why would anyone want to be the villain?” I thought for a second and remembered: When I read Harry Potter, I always wondered what Voldemort was thinking and doing. So I read this book. When you read this book (and series) you don’t look at Otto and his friends as the “enemy”, you see them as the”good guys.” Whoever they are fighting become the “enemy.”
“I’ll have to remember that for the future. When in a life-or-death battle, be sure to club unconscious everyone on your side as early on in the fight as possible,” Laura said, laughing.”
“Life at H.I.V.E. may have its attractions after all, Otto thought. Friends, as they say, may come and go, but high-powered laser weapons are forever.”
“Darkdoom? Darkdoom did this?” Nero was visibly surprised. He placed a hand on his forehead, rubbing his temples. “Oh, why is it always the bald ones?”
“I hope you don’t snore,” Otto said, laughing.
“Like a chainsaw, my friend, like a chainsaw,” Wing replied, grinning.”
“Good night’s sleep?’ she enquired, still smiling.
‘For Wing, certainly,’ Otto replied, ‘though possibly not anyone within a hundred yards of him. If whales snore, that’s what it sounds like.’
Wing smiled guiltily. ‘I did warn you.’
‘It’s a sign of a good healthy set of lungs, at least that’s what my dad always used to tell me,’ Laura said, chuckling, ‘though I think there were a few nights where my mum was not far from taking a kitchen knife and checking to see if his were as healthy as he claimed, if you know what I mean.’
Otto nodded in agreement. ‘I wonder if you snore after you get hit with a sleeper?’
‘Don’t even think about it,’ Wing replied.”
“Wing watched her leave and turned to Otto. ‘My father once told me that only the foolish man pulls on the tiger’s tail as it dangles from the tree.’ It was the first time that Otto had seen him smile.
Otto grinned at Wing. ‘True, but how else do you find out if it’s a tiger at all?”
“Indeed,’ Wing said with a nod, ‘though I am not sure that it is a positive thing that what qualifies as a good day at H.I.V.E. is one where no one was either killed or permanently maimed.”
“Otto suspected that Franz would have been quite prepared to go to lunch naked if that was what was necessary and, despite his best efforts, a mental image of this formed that Otto feared might haunt him for ever.
Wing looked at him with concern. ‘Are you all right, Otto? You’ve gone quite pale. Is the Contessa trying to manipulate you again?’
In Otto’s mind’s eye a naked Franz was pouring baked beans straight from the tin into his mouth.
‘No, Wing, it’s much worse than that . . .”
“So you see, you have nothing to be afraid of.”
Oh no, thought Otto, just squads of hired goons wandering around with experimental energy weapons. Nothing to be afraid of at all.”
Book Name: Higher Institute of Villainous Education
Author: Mark Walden
Part of Series: Yes
What Series: H.I.V.E.