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

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HIGHER INSTITUTE OF VILLAINOUS EDUCATION

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
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ebook, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 4th 2006)
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Brian Cookman
I love this series, Otto Malpense is a great character, he is as good as Alex Rider or Jason Steed.
Interesting story line by looking at it from the villians point of view I love it.
The only other criticism I have is the dialogue. It's very juvenile, like when you overhear two ten-year-olds supplying dialogue for bad guys when playing.
Some of the characters do seem to have come from other stories, but it is still a great series and if you are a teen spy book fan a series you should read.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Tori
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
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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
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Katie
CLICHES

SO MANY CLICHES

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
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cameron
H.I.V.E



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
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PurplyCookie
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
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Rose
Well, I absolutely LOVED this book. I mean completely except around the end where it gets kinda confusing but other than that I LOVED it. I have actually forced a few of my friends to read and they agree it's a very awesome novel. And no, they didn't say that because they fear me...I think, either way go me but seriously, if you love villains then this is definitely the book you want to read. Although they're supposed to grow up to be antagonists like Dr. No or Lex Luthor (almost literally, this ...more
Newton
Sep 26, 2007 Newton rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Ronda
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
Jack Heath
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
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Lily K
An evil Alex Rider series, H.I.V.E. is a fast-paced and fun read for all ages, especially those who enjoyed the Alex Rider series.

Otto Malpense wakes up in an unfamiliar helicopter next to a serene Chinese boy named Wing, both of them kidnapped. They are taken to an island where there is a school inside a volcano called the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, for short H.I.V.E. Otto and Wing are both highly suspicious about the school that teaches them how to sneak around a building full
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Rad
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
Dan
In the tradition of post-Harry Potter YA comes this uninspired knockoff. HIVE stands for Higher Institute of Villainous Education. It's a school to teach kids how to be evil. Isn't that commendable? Potentially explosive literature? There came a point before halfway when I realised this concept was just not going to work. You can't have a villain school in a YA book, you just can't. You'd need to imply that Osama bin Laden and Sadaam and Hitler were great people, and killing innocent civilians i ...more
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.
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Andrea
GRRRRR CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS SHOULD BE FORBIDDEN PHGKSDHGAHKGHKAHGAKAGHHHHHHHHH.

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
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Matt
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
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SJ
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
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Chris’s Rating – 4 stars
Otto is a brilliant 13 year old orphan who is in control of his life and those surrounding him, at least before the threat to shut down HIS orphanage which prompts him "fix" things. Unfortunately for him, his actions have consequences when he catches the attention of evil masterminds who capture and bring him to H.I.V.E. where he will be trained to his full potential as a super villain. Unfortunately for H.I.V.E. Otto does not intend to go along with
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Dash
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
Gtw
This book was a very very very very very action packed book. It is very detailed in every fighting scene. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!<3 :)
Valentina
Suspenseful ending. I can't wait to read the next one!
Nathan Peterson
According to the book jacket's author biography, Mark Walden was a video game designer before he was an author. For better or for worse, that shows through to in this story. Part Harry Potter knockoff, part Alex Rider knockoff, this odd book is told from a villain's perspective.
Otto Malpense was abandoned at an orphanage as a baby, and soon found out he was able to 'absorb' information for an unknown reason. But when he hears the Prime Minister is planning to close it down, Otto plots to ruin th
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Ceej
Otto Malpense is a clever and cunning young genius, but he’s not sure the Higher Institute of Villainous Education- also known as the H.I.V.E. - is for him. The terrifying headmaster, Dr. Nero, wants him to reach full potential as a supervillain full of diabolical deeds, but all Otto wants to do is escape and go back to his own life. As he and his new friend Wing, a martial arts guru with incredible skill, make enemies and stumble on information, plans begin to form. It will take a lot of resear ...more
Nodnarb Piete
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 should have caught that. ...more
Red
Ok.
That's 2-3.5 stars.
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Otto terbangun di helikopter, dengan anak Asia di sebelahnya, ia harus menyiapkan diri terhadap apapun yang akan ia hadapi di bawah gunung berapi aktif. Otto Malpense terbangun dengan sakit kepala yang luar biasa. Membuktikan bahwa Otto tidak datang dengan sukarela. Karena itu semenjak Otto datang di Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kejahatan (H.I.V.E) ia sudah menyusun rencana untuk keluar dari tempat yang membuat ia seakan seperti tikus percobaan.
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Becky
I think the idea of the book is nice the way it's kind of like the opposite school to Hogwarts in harry Potter but for me I thought the hero, Otto Malpense, was described as just too smart and seemed to have too little flaws. For me, all heroes can't be perfect or everything just seems too easy in the story or unrealistic. Also I thought the way it was written wasn't very consistent because it had pages of simple writing for children and then the writer would just throw in a random complex word ...more
Amanda
Sometimes it's good to be bad; especially when the bad guys are the ones in charge. Especially when these are THE bad guys which are making sure which bad guys are in charge; no small-minded, going-to-blow the world up, bad guys need apply either. Just creative, over-achievers, please. Flair, genius, and cunning are a MUST. I loved the start to this series; I loved how it was resolved but still left me wanting more. I like how good triumphs in the end (strange to say in a novel about villains). ...more
Tonym
Its was a great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
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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.” 56 likes
“Keep an eye on that boy... he has potential," Dr Nero.” 40 likes
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