Title: The Invasion
Series: The Call
Author: Peadar Ó Guilín
Pub Date: March 27th, 2018
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
After so much danger, Nessa and Anto can finally dream of a happy life. But the terrible attack on their school has created a witch-hunt for traitors — boys and girls who survived the Call only by making deals with the enemy. To the authorities, Nessa’s guilt is obvious. Her punishment is to be sent back to the nightmare of the Grey Land for the rest of her life. The Sídhe are waiting, and they have a very special fate planned for her.
Meanwhile, with the help of a real traitor, the enemy come pouring into Ireland at the head of a terrifying army. Every human they capture becomes a weapon. Anto and the last students of his old school must find a way to strike a blow at the invaders before they lose their lives, or even worse, their minds. But with every moment Anto is confronted with more evidence of Nessa’s guilt.
For Nessa, the thought of seeing Anto again is the only thing keeping her alive. But if she escapes, and if she can find him, surely he is duty-bound to kill her…
Immediately after finishing the first book in the series, The Call, I picked up this sequel. My level of adrenaline was high after the wild ride the first book took us on, and I was eager to continue this ride. The start of the book was bit bumpy, in comparison to the first book. The action was slower than in the last chapters of the first book, and because I wasn’t so engrossed in the story, I started noticing weaker points of the series. First of all is the writing style, I’m not a fan of this. When the story is action-packed, the writing wasn’t bothering me at all, but in the slower parts, it hurt my enjoyment. The second weaker point is the character development. I mentioned it already in my review of The Call, but it needs to be said again. All the characters are one dimensional, and I didn’t learn more about them in this book or did they seem to grow and mature. In The Invasion Nessa was a less likeable character, she seemed too self-centred. She didn’t have contact with other characters we know from the prevous book, and I think it hurt how I perceived her.
Setting this all aside, it was still a great and horrifying story. It gives all of the horrors of the first book and more, if you thought you’ve seen the worts of Sidhe, well… you were wrong. The Invasion brings some of the most horrifying monsters you could imagine, and it’s all because of how the Sidhe created those monsters… I’m getting chills just trying to imagine such a creature.
Overall, The Call and The Invasion make a great series, that I definitely recommend to all YA fantasy lovers. The setting is unique and use of Irish folklore is brilliant.