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 loved the first book in this series and was very excited to see what would happen next.
In the first novel we are introduced Cara and Aelyx. Brought together by a intergalactic student exchange program.But when things go wrong resulting in the death of a student, Aelyx takes Cara and flees the planet for safety. Invaded picks up were Alianated left off.
Invaded opens with Cara on her way to L'eihr alone after the L'eihr Elders decided to send Aelyx back to Earth to help rebuild the alliance between the two planets. They were supposed to start a life together on L'eihr , but now Aelyx is in Manhattan with Ambassador Stepha. So alone She must learn to survive in a new world.
Aelyx finds life on Earth has gotten more dangerous, with someone determined to assassinate him.
Living separately in two different galaxies begins to take its toll on Aelyx and Cara's relationship. Cara believes that Syrine is making a move on Aelyx, which leaves her second guessing her decision to leave her world and family.
Melissa Landers does an excellent job of creating suspense and developing layers of intrigue.
The characters of Cara, and Aelyx become more fully developed in Invaded. We are also introduced to a few new characters including Alona, Larish, Vero and David. There are also two young Elders, Jaxen and Aisly who become a intrical part of the story. You also notice that throughout the story Jaxen seems to have some kind of crush on Cara.
I also loved the way Melissa explores how prejudices which are usually formed when people encounter those who are different can be changed. Syrine found humans disgusting when she first went out with Aelyx on a public-relations tour. However, gradually her encounters with the sick children and David changed how she viewed humans.
melissa ties up most of her loose ends but does leave room for a third novel in the series. I can not wait to find out what happens next.