A young boy handpicked by a sinister academy to be trained as a super villain fights his destiny in this high-octane middle grade series, now in a collectible boxed set!
At only thirteen years old, Otto Malpense has seized control of the orphanage where he lives and 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 super villain.
That’s how he ends up at Higher Institute of Villainous Education. Otto and other students have been kidnapped and brought to H.I.V.E., located inside a seemingly active volcano. Taking Villainy Studies and Stealth and Evasion 101 with the smartest, most athletic, and most tech savvy kids in the country is exciting at first. But then Otto realizes that this is a six-year program, and leaving is not an option.
With the help of new friends—an athletic martial-arts expert, a world-famous 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.?
This high-stakes, action-packed paperback boxed set includes: H.I.V.E. The Overlord Protocol Escape Velocity Dreadnought Rogue Zero Hour Aftershock Deadlock
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 20th-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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 13, 2021)