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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 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.?