H.I.V.E.: (Higher Institute for Villainous Education #1)

H.I.V.E.: (Higher Institute for Villainous Education #1)

by Mark Walden


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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.?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416935728
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Series: H.I.V.E. Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 130,330
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mark Walden spent a decade as a video game designer and producer before becoming a fulltime writer and father. He has a BA in English Literature and an MA in twentieth century literature, film, and television, both from Newcastle University. He is the author of the H.I.V.E. series and the Earthfall Trilogy and lives with his family in the United Kingdom.

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H.I.V.E.: (Higher Institute for Villainous Education) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"H.I.V.E.: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education", by Mark Walden, is one of my very favorite books! It's great, with all its suspense, twists, and turns. I love how the author is able to really show the thoughts and feelings of the villainous characters in this book, and give them a bit of a more endearing quality, rather than the dark and sinister personality usual expressed through "the bad guys". Walden does a great job of taking something that someone else may express as a dark topic, what with all the encouraging evil thoughts and containing lots of violence, and giving the wonderful story a comedic twist. I love H.I.V.E., and everyone in it. From the mysterious assassin Raven to the snarky former jewel thief Shelby Trinity, this book is one of the best (not to mention most begging to be turned into a major motion picture) books I have read yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You CAN'T put this book down! It is easy to get hooked on it because there's so much going on. The author writes smoothly and beautifully and it makes you feel like you're watching the whole thing right in front of you.
Harnedfamily More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever! It is full of suspense, action, adventure, sci-fi weapons, and other awesome stuff. Otto, Shelby, Laura, Nigel, and Franz have to do the impossible. Can they break out of H.I.V.E.? This book is a real page-turner and impossible to put down! (By the way, my favorite character is Otto, but H.I.V.E.mind rocks!!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
H.I.V.E. is an extraordinary book where the main character isn't really a superhero. It's a mind-blowing story with suspense at the bottom of every page you won't be able to put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two words: GET IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book in my opinion is the best book in the world, it has pushed me to have dreams of world domination, someday you will all know my name (Karina). Also my gang of nerds thinks this book is awesome too :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in America, where this book was hard to find. Luckily i have a nook. I spent days deciding if i should buy this book. And guess what-I did. And it was kne of the bestdecisions in my life. So jf ur deciding if u should read this- as shia lebouf would say, just do it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It can get a little non eventful, definatly not the part where the prime minister moons the audiance on public tv thanks to Otto,but you get the idea. The rest of the series are must reads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good flow book with a good ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book eas amazing and addicting. I Had my doubts for this biy since I believe it was created ir children and I'm an adult but this book was a wonderful find. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for non cliche story and anyone interested in stories with an interesting plot and great characters. I was getting tired if the cliche stories like twilight and cliche hero stories. This book was like a breathe of fresh air and I can't wait to read more.
Grace Kent More than 1 year ago
best book of all time!!! evil vrs evil and awsome twists by far better than that twlight crap and a must read :)
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"H.I.V.E." by Mark Walden is the first installment in the mysterious and unique "H.I.V.E." series, which is going to consist of at least four books when finished, possibly more. A fast-paced, mysterious adventure, this book is unlike anything readers have ever experienced before and contains many surprises, making it impossible to put down and keeping the reader constantly wonder what is going to happen next!
MarkWaldensBiggestFan More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the best book ever written here you are right here and you can not find anything any better than this book and its companion H.I.V.E. The Overload Protocol. If you are a person like me who loves to read adventure and fairy tale you will not find a better book than this my dear readers. So snatch this catch as soon as possible!
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
13 year old Otto Malpense is kidnapped and wakes up on a helicopter where he meets an Asian boy, Wing Fanchu, who appears to have suffered a similar fate. They land at an island where they and about twenty other children are told that they have been handpicked to attend the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, a school for children destined to become villains. Many of the children are sent to the school by their parents who are also villains, but some of them, including Otto, don't wish to be there and intend to escape, in spite of being told that it is impossible. The students have classes in Stealth, Evasion, and Villainy Studies and leaving is not an option. Otto, and the friends he makes are determined to find a way to escape from H.I.V.E. It's a fast paced, very enjoyable story. One of my favourites this year.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Otto, an orphan, gets kidnapped and enrolled in an evil villians academy. Together with some other students, he plots ways to escape and get back to his normal life.
Hpiraino97 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am reading H.I.V.E. at home. First Otto wkes up on a plane and there is someone else on the plane who's name is Wing. They don't know how they got on the plane or when but now they are in a volcano as a school named H.I.V.E.
travenwill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
H.I.V.E, The Higher Institute of Villainous Education, is where kids who have a knack for getting into trouble are sent or kidnapped to. In this institute there is no escape. That is until Otto, a 13 year old orphan, is sent there. In this new world, he is being trained as a super villain and he wants no part of it. This book will keep students who love adventure entertained, but will leave others thinking something was missing. Sequels are sure to follow.
Marared9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a rather long series featuring Otto Malpense, a talented young hacker kidnapped to become a student at a school for villains. The story features plenty of action and will appeal to reluctant readers who like adventure and gadgetry. Some of the characters are rather stereotyped, and most of the teachers fail to live up to the "villain" role they are cast in, but overall it's a fun read.
unschoolingnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read, but I recommend it for ages seven and up. Some parts of it can get gross, like the part with the huge venus fly trap.
mroc3827 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the HIVE series. the book follows the story of four students at HIVE. there is alot of eplaining how they got there in this book, but it is still great. this is a good book for middle schoolers and up. theres a lot of action. this a grea book i really liked it but there is to much talking in this book. It would be better if there was less talking.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks last month. This month I read H.I.V.E and, although they are superficially similiar (both about a young boy who is extremely smart with a talent for illegal activities and their education), they are actually nothing alike. H.I.V.E was much more entertaining, I cared about all of the characters, even the ones breeding the future villians. The action was fast paced and much of the dialogue made me smile (and laugh). I'd recommend this to anyone of any age. I cannot wait for the sequel (there MUST be a sequel!).
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This was an awesome book. Going to read all these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series ever still on the fourth book!