SciFi Book Review: Invaded

Invaded by Melissa Landers

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?

Cara arrives on the alien planet and is, as expected, treated badly from students and adults. However, someone is going too far with sabotage. Meanwhile, Aelyx and his companions are in even more danger as they try to forge peace on Earth and form a necessary alliance. With Cara and Aelyx separated by light years, their calls are frustrating and infrequent, causing a strain in their relationship.

Invaded is the dramatic and emotional second installment in the Alienated series. With Cara on an alien planet, it throws a new dynamic into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this stirring sequel. Full of intrigue, suspense, drama, and romance – this YA science fiction series is riveting. With a couple of surprising twists along the way, the excitement builds to a climactic finale. I look forward to more in this captivating series.

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