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

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  11,372 Ratings  ·  720 Reviews

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 mem
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 4th 2006)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Welcome to Hogwarts for bad guys, minus the magic.

H.I.V.E. is a school set on a deserted island where brilliant young adults who have come from criminal families or have taken part in criminal projects are taught to become the worst that they can be.

Otto Malpense remembers nothing about how he came to be on the H.I.V.E. island, and neither does him Asian friend, Wing. The H.I.V.E. staff explains to the young criminals that their parents agreed to let the
Well.. rant time, I guess.

First of all, I was going to finish this book. (because, after all, it is better to rant when you've read the whole thing... and I don't like not finishing a book) But it's missing 30 pages! O.o It jumps from 154 to 187 or something like that. And it's not like someone ripped them out, you would be able to notice that. They were never there. Did anyone else have this problem? 'cause it's weeeeiiiird. The editor/publisher/author/someone should have caught that... Majorly
Shanshad Whelan
I admit it. I'm picky. I'm particularly picky when it comes to depictions of villains and superheroes. And the books on villainy tend to leave me sorely disappointed when they don't work.

The Hogwarts only Evil/or Hall of Doom for the school set is a nice idea, and in fact it's perfectly fine. I've no problem with the school, or the idea of one. But I read for character, and I just found myself dealing with a bunch of stereotypes and people that all think in the same tone and same vocabulary. May
Jan 24, 2016 Skip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I read this because it was a "Reader's Also Like" for Anthony Horowitz's excellent Alex Rider series. While perhaps written for the same audience, I found it lacking. The premise of kids being snatched to be taught how to become master criminals was decent and the previous accomplishments of the students was probably the highlight of the book; however, now at the school, they seem to become incompetent bumblers despite their prodigious skills -- constantly out-maneuvered by their foes. Otto, Win ...more
Feb 25, 2009 cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read the book called H.I.V.E and wow, if you can put a little bit of everything into a book this is it. It has action suspense, comedy, drama. This book is now my favorite series other then Eragon. The main character is Otto, but some other ones are Wing Fanchu, Laura, Shelby, and Nigel Darkdoom. They have all been brought to the H.I.V.E. They don't know why, except for the fact that they are some of the most talented criminals the world hasn't seen.It all started when the Prime Mi
Jul 04, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


It's not even funny.

We've got

The Hogwarts of evil people.

The fat kid who eats ALL THE TIME-

The smart Asian-

The bratty fashion-obsessed blonde American (however, this does change. I do have to give the author credit for that)-

Our not-NEARLY-as-cool-as-Neville-Longbottom who has to live up to his parents' lives-

The nice girl who we ALL know is going to end up with our protagonist

The mysterious guy whose motives are not known but the majority of us know he's going to be relate
Vanessa Montês
May 07, 2015 Vanessa Montês rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestaram-me

A melhor decisão do autor neste livro foi escrevê-lo do ponto de vista de Otto. O ponto de vista de um futuro supervilão acaba por tornar a leitura muito mais irónica e divertida, e este foi um dos grandes pontos positivos. Admito que não esperava pelo final deste livro, embora o restante seja um tanto ou quanto previsível. Mas o que prende neste livro não é propriamente a história, mas a forma como as personagem vivem a história. Elas são a vida de toda a narrativa e é graças a elas que nã
Otto is less than happy to be removed from his life, and taken to enrol in a school for evil genius children. With his friends Wing, Laura and Shelby, they decide that escape is the only option but the staff are determined that nobody leaves the island. Can Otto and his friends outwit the school and get away?

I really enjoyed this book. Otto was selected for the school after he was able to force the Prime Mininster to insult the people of Britain in a speech and moon at startled journalists! He i
Welcome to Hogwarts for bad guys, minus the magic.

H.I.V.E. is a school set on a deserted island where brilliant young adults who have come from criminal families or have taken part in criminal projects are taught to become the worst that they can be.

Otto Malpense remembers nothing about how he came to be on the H.I.V.E. island, and neither does him Asian friend, Wing. The H.I.V.E. staff explains to the young criminals that their parents agreed to let them join the school--and that they are und
Sep 26, 2007 Newton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read about villains or an evil mastermind who wants some entertainment
On an island in the middle of nowhere, there is a school. But not just any school, it's a school for villains! Named H.I.V.E. for Higher Institute for Villainous Education, H.I.V.E. recruits only the best and the brightest of students to become criminal masterminds. Each person has a special talent that could potentially be used for criminal deeds and H.I.V.E aims to foster that potential.

The story follows an orphaned, white haired young boy with the name of Otto Malpnese. He is a genius and ca
Have you ever felt like your schoolwork is killing you? Well, Otto Malpense has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a school that might literally be the death of him. The story begins as Otto wakes to find himself strapped into a helicopter flying over an ocean. Upon landing he is introduced to the strange island world of H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, an exclusive school for turning out world-class villains. There is no communication with the outside world. There seems to ...more
Nicole *BookWyrm*
Welcome to H.I.V.E., a top-secret boarding school for evil child geniuses.

The concept was interesting enough, even though similar things have been done before. Reading a book from the perspective of the villian(s) is different, because you end up liking them despite the bad things they may have done. But the "Special kid goes to a school for other special kids and becomes the best of them all" trope is a little overused. I think I would have appreciated it more if I was younger.

The characters, w
This book was two stars until the ending, which is actually quite decent, even for a cliffhanger. Otherwise, the book was kind of forgettable. I think that a lot of people will actually like this concept quite a bit, and probably like the characters as well, but I was not one of those people. I think what got me was that the world-building seemed incomplete. Or vague, maybe - about as vague as the location of a certain island volcano. I never got a very good sense of H.I.V.E., or any of the peop ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
"Hogwarts untuk penjahat tapi tanpa sihir."

Plot dan karakter di HIVE seri pertama oke. Meski tagline-nya seperti di Hogwarts, dengan segala fasilitas dan kemampuan para muridnya, mengingatkan saya pada film Spy Kids. Bagian mendekati terakhir saat warga HIVE melawan tanaman bermutasi Nigel terbilang seru dan mendebarkan.
Rizki Utami
Saat pertama kali baca sinopsis buku ini, yang terlintas pertama kali di pikiranku adalah film sky high, itu loh film buat para pahlawan dan pendampingnya yang suka diputer di stasiun TV swasta kalo libur sekolah. Tapi ini kebalikannya, untuk para penjahat. Tertarik, karena tema high school yang penuh petualangan itu favorit aku banget.

Setelah baca, aku heran dan nggak habis pikir, Otto yang baru berumur 3 tahun udah bisa baca buku dan menyerap semua isi buku itu, ajaib banget ini anak. Tapi di
Sasha Khalid
Oct 12, 2015 Sasha Khalid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I had such high hopes for this one especially after reading king of bad. But this one turned out so dull and boring, i had to force myself into finishing it.
Mary Hodgman
Dec 08, 2015 Mary Hodgman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that H.I.V.E. was really good. It was funny, full of adventure, and kept me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't put it down!!! A thirteen year old orphan named Otto Malpense, is taken away to a school. This is no regular school. Because of Otto's unique yet possibly dangerous abilities, he is trained to be a villain. This is the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, and here, Otto makes many new friends. Together, they try something that no one has ever succeeded in. Breaking out of ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E) is a great book. The main character is Otto, an intelligent boy from a run down orphanage. Otto never really had any friends because he was "different" than most of the other kids in the orphanage, but when he is transported to H.I.V.E, a secret school for kids used to train them into the greatest super villains, he meets Wing. The two soon become great friends and they both immediately hate H.I.V.E. The two soon put together a team to make a pl ...more
Harry Potter
Nov 01, 2015 Harry Potter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. It has lots of adventure and is a mystery novel. The only thing I don't like is that it used some ideas from Harry Potter such as H.I.V.E for hogwarts. I really like that it includes some science fiction. I like that it's not all focused on Otto (main character). The cliffhanger at the end of the book really makes me want to read the next book. The book is written so well I feel like i'm in the book. I also like that the charecters in this book have talent not just somethin ...more
It's always unpleasant to think, "Am I too old for this book?" To be honest, even if a book isn't meant for a certain age group, gender, whatever, its enjoyability should overpower that. But no, H.I.V.E. is not one of those books - not at all. I suppose it's geared towards kids around middle school. Funny that this genre was made for me just a few years ago (now, YA is supposedly more suitable), but I never really read books like this.

Why? It was so trope-y, boring, simplistic, as though childr
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Ok, lets talk about this.

I have started to read the book last month when I bought two books from the series. And I thought I would check out the first book since it's rated so high!

And for the first 40% of the book I roam around to find absolutely no reason to say it a 4 out of 5 rated book. Ok lets say for first 30-35% it was alright a decent 3.5 rating to be exact. The characters were interesting the story was developing, many things were common in an alternate version but I didn't hate it.
Jack Heath
Jun 02, 2012 Jack Heath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you kidnapped the world's most mischeivous, cunning teenagers and imprisoned them at a secret training academy for supervillains, what would happen?

That's the shamelessly ridiculous premise of Mark Walden's H.I.V.E. (which stands for Higher Institute of Villainous Education) and if you can suspend your disbelief far enough, you will find it a rewarding read. The dialogue is witty, the plot twists deft, and the setting inventive, with plenty of knowing nods to the comic books and Bond films wh
May 12, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Anyways. The book. Right.

So, H.I.V.E. is the debut novel from the author, Mr. Mark Walden. The premise--a school for villains-in-the-making--is a nice one, and is the whole reason I wanted to read the book. Now, this book sure isn't flawless. (Not like any book is flawless, anyway...) But it was a fun read, and I did enjoy it.

Alright. Here's the actual scoop:

For one, I didn't get the idea of why Otto, Wing, Laura, and
HIVE: The Higher Institute for Villainous Education is a school designed to train brilliant children with a penchant for evil deeds into criminal masterminds.

Otto Malpense (love the name) is an orphan with a photographic memory and a talent for manipulating others into doing his bidding. He is kidnapped after a splendid stunt and finds himself one of the newest students at HIVE. Denied contact with the outside world and finding himself under the watchful eye of the school headmaster and the scho
Mar 21, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a YA series that smells a lot like Harry Potter, but isn't quite as good as the Percy Jackson books. It's also a somewhat predictable book, albeit predictable in enjoyable ways. Neither the characters nor the plot are in the same category as Rowlings or even Riordan or Colfer. Still, I found myself getting into it by the end, and starting to appreciate the unique elements of the first book.

Orphan boy genius Otto Malpense-- who is in the unique position of having peers who respe
Nov 18, 2012 SJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful surprise! I picked this up in a Kindle sale, I believe, and didn't have high hopes for it at all. The title was stupid and I was fairly sure it would be a book exclusively for little boys and not something that would appeal to me at all. What I got was a smart funny tribute/spoof of all the bad guy movies ever made. Yes, it's easy to draw parallels with Harry Potter. But this is really different for me and I don't think it is at all a shameless cheap knock off at all. Basically ...more
May 04, 2016 Danae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be clear, this is not an insulting 3-star rating. There was nothing wrong with this book, it just wasn't the sort of thing I get excited about. Think Harry Potter plus Artemis Fowl plus Spy Kids, minus magic. It included literally every villain cliche out there. I *think* this is largely done tongue-in-cheek; mercifully, this book does not seem to take itself overly-seriously. No new ground is being broken here, but it has fun with it. On the downside, the story itself seems to exist mainly a ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Deodavid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was just as interesting as the premise. Original, humorous, and entertaining, reading this novel was very enjoyable in the same way one would enjoy a classic spy thriller. The plot line feels very familiar, with very few shocking developments, the characters were a bit cliche, and it can get cheesy at times, but you can't help liking it. It's radical in its inspirations as well, keeping somewhat of a grip on reality but proposing crazy ideas for the world they depict. It's a cartoon-ish ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Dash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
H.I.V.E. is a top secret school for kids with villainous potential. Otto is one of these kids. He is an orphan with a mind that could out smart the world's governments, puzzle scientists, and trick politicians. Sweet by nature he never thought of anything beyond helping himself and his home orphanage to prosper. Of course this couldn't all be done legally and this attracts the attention of HIVE. He is stunned and transported to the remote volcanic island that is home to the Higher Institute of V ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Gtw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very very very very very action packed book. It is very detailed in every fighting scene. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!<3 :)
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I am the world’s laziest man.

No…really. Not just a bit slack, really, truly, breathtakingly lazy.

Which is why it’s taken me so long to get off my big, lazy rear end and get myself properly on-line.

I’m the author of the HIVE series of books which I hope that some of the people who stumble across this might have read and enjoyed. Or read and hated…

I am fortunate enough to live with the two most beau
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“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.” 50 likes
“Keep an eye on that boy... he has potential” 22 likes
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