H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education

Book 1 of 9 in the H.I.V.E. Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 6 - 10n/a7.565909


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.?

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on May 22, 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416935711
ISBN-13: 9781416935711
8 Book Reviews
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  • doggirl2680
    doggirl2680Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 8:45 am
    I read the other one too, it's amazing
    • doggirl2680
      doggirl2680Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 8:45 am
      Best book ever
      • uphillmoss290
        uphillmoss290Monday, May 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm
        very good book
        • YayOctopusYay12Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:39 am
          ! Such a wonderful plot and very clever. this is any thing but predictable. Also just such a brilliant idea and the characters are incredibly varied. Well written.
          • sushi321
            sushi321Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm33 stars
            it was pretty good
            • ashtoncreekside
              ashtoncreeksideThursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:33 am11 star
              This is a great book.
              • braydencreekside
                braydencreeksideThursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:32 am
                AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!
                • willibum
                  willibumSunday, July 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm
                  This is a great start to this great series.