I finished Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers the other night for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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 enjoyed this second installment of the Alienated series. I think my favorite part was reading about what life was like for Cara on L'eihr (I want to run the obstacle courses!) The idea of this whole other planet intrigued me.
There were some big twists and turns, although I saw one of them coming. I do wish that there were a few more scenes with Aelyx and Cara together but I totally get why there wasn't.
I know the whole anti-L'eihr thing turned me off in the last book, but I didn't really see that as a problem this time. And I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.