Forging Zero (The Legend of ZERO) by Sara King
Meet Joe Dobbs 14 yrs old and watching an Alien invasion here on earth. When he saves his brother from the mandatory turn over your children 5-12 he is taken instead. Thus starts Joe's journey into hell. He will find that to stay alive he must learn what fights to pick and what fights to leave alone. He is the oldest of this group whether he likes it or not the kids look to him to save them. He finds friends in the unlikeliness of his captors.
This book spans 6 yrs and is a page turner edge of seat book. Sara King delivered another hit book, like she could ever write a bad book! I am looking forward to reading this series , the sci/fi is not overwhelming in tecno babble, just the right mix. I highly recommend this book.