Invaded is the sequel to Melissa Lander’s Alienated ; a young adult book about an alien exchange program. In book one, we followed Aelyx and Cara as they navigated cultural and social differences while the human population alternatively decried and supported the L’eihr/Earth diversity program. Now, in book two, Cara and Aelyx have been separated in an attempt to smooth over the broken alliance between their worlds.
Cara Sweeney is new to life on L’eihr, the home planet of her beloved Aelyx. Familiar with his behaviours and quirks, she attempts to adapt to a life of millions of other people like him. But adjustments come hard for Cara who is only learning of the things that she has given up to be with him. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Aelyx’s life without Cara is harder than he predicted. Multiple assassination attempts afford him a new bodyguard, David, who throws a wrench into his social circle. Despite everything, Aelyx cannot bring himself to tell Cara that the alliance that she is fighting so desperately for is only on the surface.
These books are not complicated, nor are they very deep. They are, however, brief and fun books to read when you are in need of a palette cleanser (which I clearly was). This book in particular leaves a little more to be desired. With Aelyx and Cara on distant planets, and their romantic together time only expressed through Skype chats, it makes for a hard book to cozy up to. I wanted fluff. I wanted romance. I got a long-distance tale with romances popping up left and right around the principle two in order to fill the void…which, is fine, but not what I wanted just now.
The book does take some interesting turns though, particularly at the end. I’m not sure that Landers has finished the story of these two lovers as the ending is very open to another book. There is a level of completion though that might just leave it with holes in the story. I am not sure if I would read another one, but, at the same time, I think my curiosity would likely get the best of me.
There’s not much else that I can say about this without bringing this review into spoiler territory, so I will leave it here for now. 4 out of 5 stars for this interstellar sequel, though it wasn’t entirely what I wanted when I cracked it open.
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