The Invasion

The Invasion

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 Sídh...

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Title:The Invasion
Author:Peadar Ó Guilín
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  • Dreximgirl

    I loved this book!!! I loved seeing Nessa and Anto again and being back in the world. This sequel was really well paced and totally kept me on the edge of my seat, I've not shouted at a book like that in a long time ;) I was really happy with everything, in fact the only bad thing is that there are no more!

  • P42

    PATRONAT P42 (oczywiście jak będzie już premiera w Polsce XD)

    + wydarzenie, od którego rozpoczyna się ta książka… nigdy nie przyszłoby mi to do głowy, a jednocześnie to tak bardzo pasuje do fabuły!

    + ta książką to bardzo mocne i brutalne młodzieżowe gore/horr

    PATRONAT P42 (oczywiście jak będzie już premiera w Polsce XD)

    + wydarzenie, od którego rozpoczyna się ta książka… nigdy nie przyszłoby mi to do głowy, a jednocześnie to tak bardzo pasuje do fabuły!

    + ta książką to bardzo mocne i brutalne młodzieżowe gore/horror

    + wielokrotnie przerywałem lekturę żeby otrząsnąć się z przerażających obrazów które przedstawia tutaj autor

    + dojrzałość powieści, tak po prostu

    + szalona wizja z pierwszej części jeszcze lepiej rozwijana w sequelu

    - ajjaaj czasami jest taki chaos że szkoda mówić, ale książka nadrabia powyższymi plusami

    Dylogie/duologie to jednak coś super! Czekam niecierpliwie na kolejne książki

    :)

  • Tammie

    I really enjoyed this duology. The Invasion wasn’t as strong as the first book (The Call) but it was still an enjoyable read. For whatever reason, I really love creepy, twisted, and dark books and this duology has it all. There are several different narratives in this book but the strongest involves my favorite character Nessa. Nessa is still front and center in The Invasion and despite her severely deformed legs, she is a force to be reckoned with. With the Grey Land revisited and humans finall

    I really enjoyed this duology. The Invasion wasn’t as strong as the first book (The Call) but it was still an enjoyable read. For whatever reason, I really love creepy, twisted, and dark books and this duology has it all. There are several different narratives in this book but the strongest involves my favorite character Nessa. Nessa is still front and center in The Invasion and despite her severely deformed legs, she is a force to be reckoned with. With the Grey Land revisited and humans finally standing up against the Sidhe, this is one interesting book. I would recommend this to fans that enjoy both horror and fantasy books.

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    This was another fun one with LOTS of graphic violence and gore. There were a few issues with this one with the plot points but I still really liked and haven't seen anything like it in the YA category before.

    RTC

  • Justine

    I thought this was an excellent follow up to

    . Having read the first book I was prepared for grim and dark, and The Invasion pretty much delivers.

    The experiences of horror come this time not just from the Sidhe, but also from other humans. Of course they think Nessa is a traitor, otherwise how else could she have survived her Call? I found the whole nightmare Nessa has to endure as an accused traitor almost as stressful and horrifying as any trips to the Grey Land.

    If you liked

    I thought this was an excellent follow up to

    . Having read the first book I was prepared for grim and dark, and The Invasion pretty much delivers.

    The experiences of horror come this time not just from the Sidhe, but also from other humans. Of course they think Nessa is a traitor, otherwise how else could she have survived her Call? I found the whole nightmare Nessa has to endure as an accused traitor almost as stressful and horrifying as any trips to the Grey Land.

    If you liked

    , you will find this conclusion to the duology equally satisfying.

  • Fiona

    The Call is one of my favourite books about the Faery/Fairy folk - it came out of nowhere and slapped one hell of a story right into my hands. This follow up lacks some of the punch of the original (not entirely it's fault; a lot of that punch was that I'd never read anything like that before), but pulls none as it follows after it's sibling.

    We pick up right where we left off, and I highly recommend reading the first book again if it's been a while. There's a lot of people to keep up with, and i

    The Call is one of my favourite books about the Faery/Fairy folk - it came out of nowhere and slapped one hell of a story right into my hands. This follow up lacks some of the punch of the original (not entirely it's fault; a lot of that punch was that I'd never read anything like that before), but pulls none as it follows after it's sibling.

    We pick up right where we left off, and I highly recommend reading the first book again if it's been a while. There's a lot of people to keep up with, and if you're a little fuzzy on the details, there's not a lot of catch up - I did reread the first book before diving into this one, and it really paid off. The uplifting mood to the end of the last book is pretty quickly brought back to reality, and we see a resolution for everyone. As with the last book, not everyone is getting a happy ending; good, because it wouldn't fit with this series at all.

    This is definitely a duology I'll come back to, and one I would absolutely recommend to anyone who knows better than to disturb a fairy ring in the wild!

    (Also - very intrigued by the author's note on appreciating the populations of Australia and New Zealand at the end! I would love to know that story - I'll have to settle for getting myself that coffee tomorrow instead :))

  • Sara Grossaint

    When I read

    about a year and a half ago now, I did so under the assumption that it was a good Halloween one-off, a haunting story about horrific, evil fairies known as the sídhe, who terrorized Ireland by spiriting all their children away to the grey land due to a sick, twisted take on the story of St. Patrick wherein he banished the sídhe from the mounds, not snakes. The wicked imagery and haunting descriptors alone were enough to make the first book memorable, but I remember, upon fin

    When I read

    about a year and a half ago now, I did so under the assumption that it was a good Halloween one-off, a haunting story about horrific, evil fairies known as the sídhe, who terrorized Ireland by spiriting all their children away to the grey land due to a sick, twisted take on the story of St. Patrick wherein he banished the sídhe from the mounds, not snakes. The wicked imagery and haunting descriptors alone were enough to make the first book memorable, but I remember, upon finishing it, sighing rather contentedly, shuddering at remembering the horrific things that had just been read to me, then accepting the story of Nessa and Anto was done and over with before continuing on working on my Halloween costume.

    Strangely, I was wrong in assuming that, for once, well enough could have possibly been left alone for a young adult fantasy with a romantic subplot. But, silly me, I forgot I had read a

    . Of

    there was going to be a fucking sequel, of

    !

    Regardless, I still stuck this on the good ol' "Anticipated Reads" list, mostly because I was just curious what they were going to unravel from

    's perfectly wrapped up ending to have enough plot threads to string this sequel onto.

    The base plot for this duology (and dear god,

    leave it as a duology; this ended great, do not fucking ruin it again) is already weird enough, being about evil fairies that magically transport kids to another world for a day, wherein the most upsetting and haunting things imaginable could happen to said kids to prevent them from returning to their world alive or whole. It's weird, but I dig it. But the events of this book are less surreal and strange weird and more confusing and incomprehensible weird. It still has a bit of that original surreal quality, but a lot of things happen in the book that I genuinely could not combat with any of the knowledge or logic it or its predecessor had equipped me with.

    With all that said, I still enjoyed the way things wrapped up. If there

    to be a sequel, I would have rather it be implemented without tearing a huge gash in the first book's ending, but I am happy with how things ended. I especially liked the epilogue. It was a really cool way to show what this horrific event had done to Ireland (and the world, for that matter) as a whole.

    Definitely not a necessary addition, but certainly not an entirely unwelcome one. Took me a bit to warm up to the idea and, despite my almost constant confusion, I still enjoyed myself, especially the parts where Amy Shiels's dreamy voice was reading descriptions of some of the most sickening body horror I've ever heard of; I'm here for that shit

    day, man...but that still doesn't mean there should be a third book.

    Don't write a third book, Peadar Ó Guilín. Don't do it.

  • Hannahlovesbooks

    Actual rating 2.5 out of 5

    This book was extremely disappointing. I was looking forward to finally seeing Anto and Nessa together, but instead they were apart the entire book. We never once got to see them together. I can’t even begin to explain how upset I was about that. Anto who was my favorite character in the Call became frustrating most of the time. I pretty much just liked the parts with Nessa. She’s the best part of this novel in my opinion. Anto’s story line was not what I wanted. The p

    Actual rating 2.5 out of 5

    This book was extremely disappointing. I was looking forward to finally seeing Anto and Nessa together, but instead they were apart the entire book. We never once got to see them together. I can’t even begin to explain how upset I was about that. Anto who was my favorite character in the Call became frustrating most of the time. I pretty much just liked the parts with Nessa. She’s the best part of this novel in my opinion. Anto’s story line was not what I wanted. The plot was all over the place and confusing most of the time. I so wanted to love this. I expected to love it. I just didn’t. The ending was also extremely frustrating. Oh my gosh. I’m so mad. I think the only way this book can redeem itself is if I get a short story on what happened to Anto and Nessa. The story was good and the writing was good. But all I felt was sadness and frustration while I read this. Honestly I wish I didn’t read it.

  • Ellen Gail

    is a fantastic book - brutal, inventive, and exciting! I expected more of the same with the sequel

    , as well as plenty of new surprises.

    Well...I got surprises all right.

    I am just SUPER disappointed.

    Let's start with what I did like:

    Aoife! I didn't think about her much in the first book. She wa

    is a fantastic book - brutal, inventive, and exciting! I expected more of the same with the sequel

    , as well as plenty of new surprises.

    Well...I got surprises all right.

    I am just SUPER disappointed.

    Let's start with what I did like:

    Aoife! I didn't think about her much in the first book. She was Emma's rather despondent girlfriend. I mean she

    laid in bed for a good portion of the book. Which was totally understandable given the circumstances, but boring. You never expect the secondary character who did next to nothing in book 1 to shine so hard in book 2!

    I actually wish we would have gotten more Aoife chapters. She's easily the best character here. Second best would be Alanna Breen, who might not biologically be a mother, but damn if she isn't mom of the year.

    More things I liked! There's more excellent creativity on display here. We get to see more creatures in the Grey Land. The Sídhe are in control of the land, but there are so many animals great and small that fill the land, all of them hideously twisted. So the Grey Land gets to expand in creativity a little more, beyond the brief glimpses we see during the call.

    Also, Melanie! I honestly never expected her story to continue, but I'm glad it did. I loved her survivor's perspective. What would you do if the Sídhe had just punched a hole through your chest, if you were facing hours of torture? What bargains would you make?

    Now we move onto the section of stuff I liked significantly less.

    Alllll that shit with Anto and the army. WHAT? The infestation squad makes no sense. And neither does Anto's unquestioning acceptance of everything happening. He keeps thinking, "Gee, I wonder what's happening to Nessa?" But does nothing.

    Also, what happened to the government wanting post-call survivors to start procreating right away? Not that I wanted to have a book full of nothing but Anto and Nessa boning because NO, but that would make more sense at least. Their population is being

    . The people the army should be recruiting are those over 18 who either unable or unwilling to have kids. When your kids are being murdered, don't put the future of your civilization in the line of fire unless / until you have no other choice.

    And while we're talking about Anto, let's discuss a GIANT FUCKING SPOILER!

    Okay, what else didn't I like? Nessa, and the plot around her. I know, I know, I liked her so much before! She was a survivor against the odds, and that flies back in her face this time. How could she possibly have survived her call when she can barely even run? There's only one explaination - she must be a traitor.

    So, great plot idea! Unfortunately everything at the prison was boring. I still don't know what was up with the professor and the caged Sídhe. Melanie was criminally underused and I thought there was going to be an interesting mystery developing with Angela. But apparently not?

    Let's talk about the ending.

    If I had to estimate, and I don't have to but let's imagine a weird scenario where someone is FORCING ME TO, I'd say I was roughly 74% dissatisfied with the ending.

    And my final section (and I pinky promise this one is short!): side notes, inconsistencies, and questions!

    1) can I side eye the fuck out of the way Karim is described?

    2) Wasn't Frankenstein a man? (the character from

    , not the classic lit character). Because in this one, they're remembered as "poor woman," but I'm like 95% sure he was referred to as an old man on several occasions in the first book. Which could just be a typo, I'm not like enraged about this.

    3) Why is Liz Sweeney always referred to by her full name?

    Okay I know this is a long ass review, so THANK YOU for sticking with me. And if you just skipped to the bottom, well then you missed out on all the nudity and free tequila shots. So it's your loss really.

    Really, I wanted so much more from

    . I liked

    a lot, I even reread it before I read this one. I hardly ever reread! And it just fell flat for me in many ways. I liked several individual things, but the characters and plot overall were lackluster. And when it didn't work, ohhhhh boy did it not.

    Long story short:

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    That feeling when you finish a kick ass book and the sequel doesn't even have a release date yet.

    : There is now a release date, AND a title, AND a pretty cover!

    All I need now is for someone to give me the actual book!

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