Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: "Invaded" (Alienated, #2) by Melissa Landers

Invaded by Melissa Landers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 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?

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It took me quite a while before I could get the second book of this series in my hands. Despite that, I really enjoyed it, not only for the sci-fi references but because it brings in contrast two different worlds where the 'humans' and the 'aliens' are not so different after all.

After the events of 'Alienated' Cara must travel to L'eihr in order to establish the alliance and learn about the Way, while Aelyx will remain on Earth because he must stablize the threat of both the extremist groups and sign the alliance between the two worlds.

I really enjoyed the story, even despite the fact that it suffered from SBS (Second Book Syndrome). The main pair is apart from each other, a galaxy apart(!), but they can see each other through the com spheres. What gave the bonus points to the book were the funny moments, the budding romance between Syrine and David as also Aelyx's pet Vero.

Cara became quite the detective on this book and I admired her intelligence. She is not the 'I-know-everything' kind of heroine but she was very hard working on solving the mystery. The last pages of the book held the best part and I am seriously anticipating both the ending of this series and the new enemy which apears in this one.

A good read for those who want a light and funny sci-fi.

About the author:

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Melissa Landers writes romantic sci-fi for teens and the young at heart. ALIENATED and INVADED are now available from Disney Hyperion, and UNITED, the third book in the trilogy, will release in August, 2016. 

The first novel in her new series, STARFLIGHT, launches February 2, 2016.