The Invasion Review

Title: The Invasion
Author: Peadar O' Guilin
Series: Grey Lands #2
Publisher: David Fickling books
Publication Date: 01 March 2018
Source: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 364
Rating: 2. 5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 16 October 2018 - 18 October 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a world where teenagers are trained for the most horrific 3 minutes of their lives, Nessa and Anto have both survived their Call, but fate has a cruel way of rewarding them. Nessa is branded a traitor as no one believes that someone like her could survive the experience. She's thrown in prison and eventually sent where all traitors are sent - back to the horrifying Greylands, but this time there's no way home. Anto is packed off out of the way to join the militia. Ireland is being invaded and the enemy are building their army from the very people defending it. However, Anto can't get Nessa off his mind, he knows in his heart that she's innocent and he'll go to any length to rescue her. The final chapter in this thrilling and fast paced adventure with the power of true love at it's very core.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I read the first book, The Call, and found that I really enjoyed it. I was quite surprised and intrigued to see that there was a second book coming out due to the fact that the first book felt like a stand-alone. However, I am intrigued to see how this book picks up from the previous.

Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book! Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

Much like in the first book, the writing was good. It represented the creepiness of the Sídhe quite well. The pacing was also good. However, the dialogue felt odd and out of place. In the first book, the characters sounded very mature but in this book, they sounded like young children which confused me.

Plot Thoughts:

I don't really what to say. The plot was well thought out and had a lot of action scenes which really pulled in the reader in but I felt as if this book was completely unnecessary because in the bigger picture everything was still the same. There were some minor changes but beyond that, the situation of being called as an adolescent still occurred.

Character Thoughts:

Nessa and Anto were underdeveloped in this book. Anto acted really young and was suddenly blinded by his love for Nessa for most of the book. Anto was also way more gullible in this book. He wasn't the same character that the reader encounters in the previous book. Nessa, instead of feeling like the driver of the story, felt misplaces and awkward because she didn't really have a role until the end of the book.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this book felt unnecessary. The writing was good and everything that I really enjoyed from the first book was there for the most part. However, when it came to dialogue, the plot and the characters, it felt as of there was a huge step back. I'm sad that I didn't get to enjoy this book as much as what I thought I would. Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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