HIVE – Mark Walden

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is a top secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrongdoing are sent to develop their talents into criminal mastermind. After all, ‘villains have the best lines and wear the best costumes’. One small catch is that the children cannot leave until training is complete, six years later. With villainy comes a certain freedom of thought, and every year one student in particular will show exceptional talent – after all, it takes the best to produce the worst. This year there are two students: Otto Malpense and his new friend Wing Fanchu are both exceptionally bad, and they are definitely not keen on being held against their will for six long years …


7 thoughts on “HIVE – Mark Walden

  1. I come from hermitage and I am one of the judges. I did not like this book much as it was quite borin and not my type of book. The cover looks realy good but its not a very good read

  2. I think HIVE was a really good book because it is the sort of book I like to read. I really enjoyed this book but I think the story was a bit rushed. The author could have put more detail into what happened in class and what Otto did in his spare time (his personal life). He could have described coming up with the plan to escape and how the characters made everything a bit more specifically. I enjoyed reading about the giant plant and how everyone nearly died. The author had good ideas like the teacher being a cat and I liked the way he made such an innocent sounding plant turn into such a horrible, man eating monster! It was interesting the way the clothes were changed through the wardrobe and that that was how Otto had to escape. I would read the next HIVE book in the series.

  3. Complicated
    Didn’t understand it
    Didn’t like it
    Too much like Harry Potter
    Hard to get into

  4. H.I.V.E was a very entertaining book, and once | started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down until I was asleep in the depth of the pages. Mark Walden really made me and many others I’m sure feel the tension of the monster plant and the escape of the children. It was clever of him to show a flashback in Otto’s dream – and that really gave you the feeling of what Otto’s previous life at the orphanage.
    H.I.V.E was one of those books which were very gripping and got to you when the moment was right. Whenever one of the characters changed their mood (e.g. they were happy, but then they get news that one of their parents have just died) I felt their feelings.
    The characters in the book were very interesting to read about, each of them with a different personality. Otto, adventurous and smart, whereas Nigel was mysterious, and you wonder why he’s being so secretive. Shelby was a very humorous girl as she was really girly, but amazing at springing all around the room, and being very athletic. Laura was the very clever girl, a bit like Otto in a way…
    I thought that this book was extremely vivid, and I loved nearly every page. I am looking forward to reading the next H.I.V.E book by Mark Walden soon.

  5. I think H.I.V.E is a great book and grips you until the very end. It is exciting punchy and leaves you wanting for more, when I had finished reading this book the first thing I said was “Mum, can I read the second book please? ” and to show how much I really meant it I went to the library the next day to ask for it.
    I particularly liked the escape scenes especially the part when they are having the dispute about H.I.V.E mind, I really liked the conclusion!
    Really (though am I being a bit picky) I thought the chapters were slightly long although this did come in handy when my mum told me to go to bed and my reply was I had to finish the chapter although secretly I had just started one!
    Apart from that there was no room for improvement and I was very pleased with this book. I also thought, although this is nothing to do with the writing, the cover and blurb appealed to its audience very effectively and is extremely attractive for a book of its kind.
    I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, male and female.

  6. I think HIVE was a brilliant book. I loved the book and I think it is one of the best books I have ever read. If I were to rate it out of 10, I would give it 9½ and I will explain why here.

    HIVE was very cleverly written. As well as being really exciting, there were cliff-hangers at the end of every chapter, if not, the middle of every chapter. The book has lots of different adventures that take place and I especially enjoyed reading the last few chapters. I couldn’t put the book down!

    HIVE is a very unique book, with the heroes and main characters being villains. That makes the book an adventure, and you don’t know what is going to happen next. I like how the book starts when Otto is arriving at HIVE but then the author reveals what Otto’s past was like, and what he did that brought him to HIVE in the first place.

    When I finished the book, I shut it and said: “Where’s the second book – I need to start reading it NOW!” The first book was brilliant and it’s the best adventure book I’ve ever read. And now I can’t wait to get the second book of the series because at the end there are still loads of questions that the reader wants to know that are not answered!

    I had never heard of this author before I read this book, but now I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves books full up with mysteries, questions and amazing adventures!

  7. Once I had started to read HIVE I couldn’t put it down. It was very interesting but I didn’t understand the beginning until I had got further into the book.
    It had a good structure and had a good ending.
    I thought it was funny how the voices were shown in the dialogue and showed you where the people came from.
    This was the best book overall.

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