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Invaded Hardcover – February 3, 2015
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Romance takes a back seat to suspense in this sequel to Alienated (2014). Star-crossed lovers Aelyx and Cara Sweeney are wrenched galaxies apart after the near-catastrophic collapse of the human-L'eihr student-exchange program. He is ordered on a goodwill tour of Earth to repair the interplanetary alliance; she is dispatched to the L'eihr equivalent of high school. Neither mission fares well: Terrorists keep trying to assassinate Aelyx, and Cara learns that prejudice and bullying aren't unique to humanity. Worse still, they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot threatening both worlds. While retaining the alternating viewpoints and distinctive voices of the first title, the protagonists' forced separation for nearly the entire story paradoxically gives greater depth and authenticity to their romance. Without the hazy glow of adolescent hormones, each learns to turn a critical eye upon the flaws of their native societies while confronting genuine obstacles to a future together. These complications only underscore the growing sense of menace-from overt threats, hidden betrayals and possibly a third alien species-tensions that propel the narrative to an action-packed climax. If Cara's final decision, with all its unlikely consequences, strains belief well, it's not inconsistent with the characters and cultures present from the first. The last few pages set up the inevitable sequel; if it is as entertaining as this tale, it can't come soon enough. (Science fiction. 12-18) Kirkus"
This second installment in the Alienated series finds Cara trying to adjust to life on L'eihr as her alien boyfriend, Aelyx, works tirelessly back on earth to repair human-L'eihr relations. As if the punishing school curriculum and social isolation in her new home weren't enough to deal with, Cara notices strange behavior from two governing members of the Way that leaves her suspicious of their true motives. As Aelyx narrowly escapes several attempts on his life, he too becomes less trusting of his superiors as they dismiss threats and hided information. What is it the L'eihr really hope to gain from an alliance with the human race? Readers will love the seamless blend of suspense, humor, and romance set against an interstellar landscape. Dual narratives and a tightly plotted mystery keep the suspense running high, and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders. This is a fun, genre-blending series that is sure to appeal to a wide audience and will only gain traction as it continues. Summer Hayes Booklist"
4Q 4P J The love story between an alien boy and a human girl continues in this sequel as Cara must stay on the planet L'eihr and Aelyx, her alien beau, resides on Earth, attempting to amend the broken alliance and quell the anti-alien sentiments. The story is told from both teens' perspectives, and they each face acts of prejudice and hate; someone on L'eihr is trying to frame Cara for a crime she did not commit, while an unknown human group attempts to end Aelyx's life. Without each other's support, the two must try to find a way back to each other in one piece. However, there is something suspicious happening on the alien planet that might mean Earth and L'eihr will have to work together. If teens read the first novel in the series, Alienated (Hyperion, 2012/VOYA February 2014), they will enjoy continuing the relationship between Cara and Aelyx, as well as Earth and L'eihr. Educators can use this novel to reinforce figurative language and allusion, as well as elements of a science fiction novel.-Lauren Straub. VOYA"
Just as the romance between seventeen-year-old Cara and her L'eihr exchange student Aelyx was beginning to heat up, a global tragedy threatened to derail the alliance between their planets in Alienated (BCCB 4/14). Now, to save the inter- galactic coalition and Earth itself, Cara must travel to L'eihr, where she will work to establish a human colony, while Aelyx remains behind in Manhattan as part of a diplomatic delegation. Mysterious events soon place their separate missions in jeopardy, though. Cara enrolls in the alien school, only to find that a series of vicious pranks leave her looking like the villain. Meanwhile, Aelyx begins a cross-country tour to gather support for the interplanetary treaty but finds himself the target of repeated assassination attempts. Soon they discover that the seemingly unrelated attacks may actually be connected, and that a secretive, powerful force may be working against both planets. This sci-fi romance sequel continues to tell a familiar story in a new way, but it also moves beyond the first novel's integration-focused conflict. Since the characters spend much of the novel apart, the narrative loses some of its romantic intensity, but the addition of the political conspiracy is sure to keep readers engaged, especially as it endangers Cara and Aelyx's future together. The teen lovers likewise evolve, facing the inevitable changes to their relationship caused by distance and outside pressures, and secondary characters develop dimensions and a few new romances of their own. This is a solid title that builds on the strengths of its predecessor, and it ends with a looming fight for control of the destiny of two races that will have readers eagerly awaiting another sequel. AM BCCB"
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For a big majority of the book, Cara and Aelyx were separated. That did kill a bit of the romance, but I think that the communication between them kept that spark alive and kept me interested. This book focused less on them meeting, getting over their differences, and falling in love and more on the world as a whole and their future together. Some of the decisions Cara made did make me scratch my head, but she's on a planet entirely unlike her own. The only tether she has to her home and herself is her brother, who leaves halfway through the book. Cara went through some intense changes, and I was happy with the way she handled them. She had a lot thrown at her in this book, and I felt like she responded strongly and true to herself. I still want to be besties with her!
Cara wasn't the only one dealing with a lot. Aelyx had his fair share of issues, too. Again, sometimes I wanted to shake him because I couldn't understand some of his decisions. But when you think about the immense pressure on his shoulders, the entire fate of the human race y'all, I realized that I would crumble under that. I think Invaded shows a lot more of who both characters are, and I like where Melissa Landers is taking them.
Some things that are hinted at in Alienated are brought more into focus in Invaded. The Jaxon storyline surprised me, but I liked it. I thoroughly disliked him and I'm curious to see if he'll pop up again. There is a lot of development for all of the characters, not just Aelyx and Cara.Read more ›
I really am enjoying this series. For the record, I am not one of the teen members for whom it was intended, I am a member of the MUCH older crowd. I am looking forward to a third book to wrap up the storyline. I fell in love with Aelyx and Cara in Alienated, and that is still true after reading Invaded. However, after the 2nd, I am now curious about others as well like, Cara's brother Troy will he have a chance with Elle? Syrine, what will happen to her after this second great tragedy? David - Is there hope? Jaxen and his (whatever she is) will they get what's coming to them? What is going to happen on the Colony and Earth... the list goes on. I think a lot of readers will be left wanting should this be the final book. I read that Disney is waiting to see what kind of sales they get from this one before deciding on a 3rd, and I hate that. Either commit to finishing the series, or leave it at one book! Stopping in the middle of a series is just mean.
Back to reviewing this one. I was surprised at the few 1-star reviews. They stated that they were disappointed, but failed to explain why. So I don't want to do that with my "I loved it".
No book is perfect and this is no exception. Like most, I was frustrated that Cara and Aelyx had to be apart for most of it, but I did enjoy getting to know them as individuals too. In the first they are immediately thrown together so we never really get a feel for who they are without the other.Read more ›
I have been intrigued with this trilogy by Melissa Landers, the first novel ‘Alienated’ was fun and easy to read, though the insta-love and narrative style kept it from a 5 star review. I was hoping ‘Invaded’ would bring something new to the story… and while we got to explore Aelyx’s planet through Cara’s eyes and see if their relationship would survive being apart, this second installment, although enjoyable failed to surpass my initial opinion and rating.
Not sure what it was that didn’t have me totally invested in our protagonists, Aelyx and Cara. Maybe they were a little too goody-two-shoes and didn’t make mistakes? There was no downfall. We see them go through difficulty, but it felt like neither lost all that much to give them opportunity to grow; and subsequently I wasn’t rooting for either character. They lost the underdog edge. Or a good redemption story. Only a little insecurity made them human (pun intended) with an otherwise cyclone of crap hurled at them. So I guess for me the story is great, but the character development lacking.
There are still some fangirly moments over Aelyx – if you enjoy that sort of thing, but understandably, they are few and far between with our OTP separated for the duration of the novel. The biggest thing I appreciate about Cara is her strength and determination, there is a tenuous line of feminism in her bearing.
The political intrigue grew even stronger and is the best part of this series. Landers really knows how to write tension and collusion in each culture. She also is adept in how many of the secondary cast had separate character arcs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although it started a bit slow, it had a strong and exciting finish. Knowing that it is the second book of a trilogy, I was fully prepared this time for the unfinished elements to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Trosado
I read alienated for the first time a few years ago and loved it, but when I read it again I wasn't quite as impressed as I remember being. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tonda Stockwell
The story of Cara and Aelyx continues, but they are living on different planets. Cara is living on L'heir, as a foreign exchange student, and Aelyx is on Earth on a PR campaign,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Chick Who Reads
My bad. I thought this was the first in the series. Whoops. For sure I found the book confusing at first, trying to decipher the relationships between the characters and the races. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Delta Stet
Alienated was one of my surprise loves of last year! I didn’t think Aliens could do it for me, but Landers had me hooked and I was so excited when a copy of Invaded, book 2,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Arkin
This was a unique story set in unique circumstances only a truly gifted author could come up with. I really enjoyed reading this story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rebecca davison
Everything I liked about the first book fell short in this second story. The two main characters, Cara and Aelyx spend most of this book separated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Geo