The Higher Institute of Villainous Education

Book - 2007
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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 ed.
ISBN: 9781416935711
Call Number: WALDEN
Characteristics: 309 p.
Subjects: Genius -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Artificial intelligence -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.


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Jun 23, 2017

A solid start to a brand-new series, this is an amazing book. Set in a prison/school for future villains, the main characters move forward together on their way to what seems like villainhood but turns out to be true friendship and trust. As the story moves on, it seems as though villains aren't as terrible as you think....

Mar 24, 2016

This was a solidly okay book. From what I've heard, it's a series that gets better with the next books though.

Dec 21, 2015

Hive is a beautiful start to a promising series. Lacks a little more character development and I must confess I have put it down for books like the Rose Society. (But seriously its hard to compete with a book like that) but I would recommend hive to almost anyone its awesome and not to mention hilarious at times. My fav character was possibly Franz. Yeah I know....but hes hilarious.

Jun 10, 2015

As you go into the world of H.I.V.E, you will see some really intense, funky, spine chilling, funny and exciting moments. (Jaw droppers included).

It starts off a bit slow, you might be like "meh this boring" but as you read, 99% mind blown or your money back. Just keep on reading the series, you will be hyped guaranteed.

It starts kind of slow, but keep reading! It gets better! These books are really good, you should read them!!!!

LoganLib_Sophie Jan 23, 2015

I found this book to be OK. I read this after finding that Mark Walden writes like Robert Muchmore but this isn't really my style. In saying that, I did have to read the whole series to see how it ended.

If you are more into tech-related adventures and secret schools with a bit of action, then this is for you.

ggbookreader Nov 27, 2013

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

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

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

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