Book Review – The Invasion by Peadar Ó Guilín

the invasionIn 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.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4/5 Stars

I absolutely adored The Call, it’s so gory and chilling, and The Invasion is no different. It has the same feel, and created the urge to keep reading in order to find out what happened next!

I really liked what happened to Nessa. Even though it’s obviously wrong, I feel it really is what people would think and I loved it for being so dark. I was a little more confused with Anto, to be honest. Him being rounded up but not really then getting used against Nessa didn’t quite sit right with me. However, I liked his progression, except for everything with Liz.

I also want to give a side character shout out to Aoife for being strong and brave. 💙 I liked her development the most.

Seeing more of the Grey Land and some of its laws was really nice – in the first book, it’s more in small bursts, so I liked how much of The Invasion is set there.

However I do have a couple of things that stopped me from giving this five stars. The ending felt and but sudden and rushed, my brain was racing to catch up and figure out what happened. Anto and Liz just felt off and wrong. I get that it’s supposed to show doubt, but it didn’t feel true to his character. And I’d like to have known more about some of the Sidhe who appeared to be helping. Pretty minor things though and still a really enjoyable, fast paced and thoroughly creepy book.

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