Literature: H.I.V.E. Series
, which stands for the Higher Institute of Villainous Education
, is a Villain Protagonist
series by Mark Walden
about, as the title suggests, a school for villains. It currently has eight released books (plus a short World Book Day story) but, due to No Export for You
, only the first six have been released in America yet. According to the author, this will soon be remedied. The author, Mark Walden, seems to enjoy his fanbase, and has a blog, a small forum, and a separate email account for fans. Online, there is little evidence to show the books' popularity, but H.I.V.E.'s forum is bursting with enthusiastic members.
The four main characters of H.I.V.E.
are Otto, the main character; Wing, Otto's Chinese best friend; Laura, the Scottish computer hacker; and Shelby, the American lock-picking genius, with the addition of Lucy, the mind-controlling granddaughter of the Contessa
. In the secondary character section, we have Nigel, son of Diabolus Darkdoom, Number One's replacement when he goes all crazy and dies
, who is very, um..."good" with plant life; and Franz, the German son of an owner of a chocolate factory. There has been very little said about any of Franz's abilities, though it is mentioned that he is able to make money "disappear" so well even the teachers can't figure out what he did with it and as of Aftershock and Deadlock, he's also pretty good with a gun
. Later on, after the death of Lucy, Tom and Penny, Otto's old accomplices from the orphanage, join the group
. Then, in Deadlock
, Tom dies, leaving Penny distanced from the group
In the later books, the characters Nero, headmaster of H.I.V.E.; and his assistant Raven, Nero's Russian "bodyguard"; along with a couple of other teachers, are added closer to the list of main characters. The moves of the...enemies of the main characters are usually described in great detail in the later books as well.
The books currently released are:
- H.I.V.E.: Otto Malpense is kidnapped and taken to a school for villains. Here he meets three other new students and together they make an escape attempt. It doesn't work. The headmaster, Dr Nero, knew what they were up to the whole time. They're just about to be punished for it when something large, green and carnivorous interrupts. And it's not the Hulk.
- The Overlord Protocol: Otto and Wing are let out of the school for a short time, and Wing gets kidnapped and supposedly killed by a rogue member of the GLOVE ruling council. Otto and Raven then embark on a quest to find the bad guys' hideout and make righteous awesomeness ensue.
- Escape Velocity: Recovering from the shock of the last book, Otto has been practicing his newfound ability to talk to machines and computers. Meanwhile, Nero meets with an old villainous friend and soon finds out that Number One is plotting to reform Overlord, a homicidal AI, and Nero gets himself kidnapped. Naturally, our four man team has to go and, oddly enough, save the day.
- Interception Point (World Book Day book): Released March 2009. The four are sent on a mission to get back an important piece of GLOVE technology, which is being transported on an automated train. Things go terribly wrong, as per usual. Anyone who hates spiders would relate.
- Dreadnought: Released September 2009. At the very beginning of this book, we get a small peek into Raven's past, and then all hell breaks loose. The main characters take Lucy, a newbie who has been put into their year, under their wing. They are about to go on a school expedition to the Arctic circle, but, naturally, they meet trouble on the way, as they visit Nigel's father, now the leader of G.L.O.V.E.'s new "ship", Dreadnought. Darkdoom Sr. gets captured by a rogue G.L.O.V.E. member, and chaos ensues.
- Rogue: Released May 2010. Otto has been brainwashed and turned into an assassin for the other side. Computer glitches at H.I.V.E. signal the return of H.I.V.E.MIND, but he warns that Overlord has also survived inside Otto's head.
- Zero Hour: Released September 2010. Overlord uses the Animus fluid to take over a US military facility and H.I.V.E. itself in an attempt to capture Otto. Also, some of the main characters begin dating.
- Aftershock: Released June 2011. A new intake of students arrive at H.I.V.E. and two join the group in an attempt to steal this year's exam papers. However, the first exam—a survival exercise—is interrupted by the Disciples attempting to massacre the Alpha stream.
- Deadlock: Released June 2013. Raven and Otto attempt to bring down the Disciples and find the Glasshouse, where the H.I.V.E. students captured in the last book have been taken to undergo Training from Hell. A rescue attempt follows.
Now with its own character sheet
. Please put character-related tropes there.
Not to be confused with the novel Hive
by Tim Curran
, the video game Scurge: Hive
, or the Sci Fi Channel
film The Hive
These books provide examples of: