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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 really enjoyed Alienated so had fairly high expectations for Invaded, though I did have some reservations since first book left off with it being inevitable that Cara and Aelyx would be apart for the majority of the sequel. Their dynamic and chemistry was my favorite aspect of the first novel so this was a major concern and I really think this was the reason I was never able to really get into Invaded.
The pacing felt slower to me but it was probably due to my lack of connection to the characters this time around. I wasn’t nearly as fond of Cara in this book though I can’t pin-point why. I didn’t dislike her by any means I just felt that she was harder to relate to? We do get to meet many more L’eihr because Cara is living on their planet. I was pretty let down by the planet in general since it wasn’t all that different from Earth (though I guess this does make sense) and the society wasn’t structured all that much differently either.
Aelyx was still on Earth and tasked with trying to make peace and an alliance between the two worlds. Though each of the characters was struggling to cope with their new situation neither stories really gripped me.
Really I can’t say anything was wrong with the section I read (more than half way) My biggest problem was that I found it impossible to get fully immersed in the story and it was a struggle for me to pick the book up to read. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks and found that I was pushing it aside for other books. For me, I felt that I should abandon it for now rather than forcing myself to continue. I hope to feel more in the mood for this type of story and try again at a later date.