Friday, 10 July 2015

Review: Invaded by Melissa Landers

Title: Invaded (Alienated #2)
Author: Melissa Landers

Release date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 356
Source: Borrowed

The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

I don't know why it took me so long to get to this! Invaded is a fantastic sequel to Alienated, and though I don't think there are more books planned in the series, the ending definitely leaves room for more. I was sucked into this book right from the beginning, and I loved every second of it.

Cara is now on L'eihr to finish the exchange program, and Aelyx is on Earth with Syrine to help fix what they did wrong. Both of them are outsiders on the planets they're living on, and that makes them a target for attacks. Cara and Aelyx are both in danger as unknown people are trying to sabotage the alliance. But from what Cara discovers, maybe a peaceful co-existence isn't the only thing The Way is working towards.

We still get a dual POV from Cara and Aelyx in this book, but it's different this time because they're separated for most of the book. I feel like this is becoming a thing in YA series with dual POV now - that the protagonists are apart for almost the entire sequel, and then get together towards the end, and spend the next book together. Except in this case, there isn't a next book. Nevertheless, it was great getting to see how Cara and Aelyx adjusted to their living situations. Cara's was more interesting because it's her first time on L'eihr, and I was intrigued to see how Melissa Landers would portray an alien planet and their habits.

We get to know a few new characters, both on L'eihr and on Earth. There's Elle, Aelyx's sister who is rooming with Cara. She's basically the only ally Cara has, other than her brother, Troy - who returns to Earth quite soon. We also see Jaxen quite a bit - the creepy guy who's part of the Way and who seemed to be hitting on Cara a little at the end of Alienated. I really sympathized with Cara in this book, because she's practically all alone, surrounded by hostile beings. She's out of her depth, she missed her family and Aelyx, and she's being framed for crimes she didn't commit.

Aelyx is in a similar situation. There are attempts on his life, and so he and Syrine are stuck with a bodyguard, David. Well, stuck is a little harsh. David is about their age, and is another new character we meet. And he and Syrine seem to have a thing going on. Yeah, totally unexpected, am I right? It was hilarious to see Syrine getting all hot and bothered over a human guy! But apart from that, Invaded has quite a serious tone. It's not humans that are the problem this time - it's the L'eihrs. And they're an unknown entity to Cara, so trying to find the truth is dangerous as hell.

There isn't much room for romance since Cara and Aelyx are literally galaxies away. They do spend quite a bit of time talking through their com-spheres, but other than that they miss each other a lot. Cara wasn't pining away on L'eihr like some YA heroines would, so I liked that. She still stays strong despite everything thrown at her, and she remains the upbeat and amusing girl we saw in Alienated.

A lot of things happen towards the end, and things and people are all over the place. There's a shooting incident again, but more serious this time. There's heartache, and still a few unanswered questions by the end. It felt like there was going to be another book, but at the same time it was a satisfying ending to the series. These books work well as a duology, and though I'd be ecstatic to see a novella or something to tie up the loose ends, I'm glad Landers left things like this.

Rating: 4/5

2 comments:

  1. Yay :D Awesome review Richa. <3 I'm so glad you liked this sequel a lot :) I loved it too. It was just awesome. Yay for finally reading it, lol :D I need a third one. So angry at the publisher for not having bought it yet :p They need to get moving. I need it. I want it. Fingers crossed :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie. <3

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed Invaded :) I'm waiting for the paperback to come out but I did love Alienated. It's always nice to meet more characters in sequels. Great review!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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