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This story takes place several decades after humans have destroyed the earth, and aliens have invaded. The E’rikon don’t appear to be hostile, but that doesn’t mean that humans trust them either. They didn’t start rounding up the humans and turn them into slaves as soon as they landed so there is an unspoken truce between the two races, but it is a very shaky truce that can fall through at any time. As long as the E’rikon and humans don’t mingle, things remain relatively peaceful. But the book wouldn’t be very entertaining if they didn’t start mingling, now would it?
The problems begin for our main character, Jax, when her twin brother is kidnapped by a couple of aliens. Somehow, one of the aliens, Lir, gets left behind, and Jax forms an alliance with him. She will help Lir get back home, and he will help her get into the alien city so she can rescue her brother.
They have an instant connection and an uneasy friendship that develops into a romance. Lir has a few secrets that both the reader and Jax discover over the course of their adventure. These secrets cause Jax to be understandably mistrusting if Lir, but because she doesn’t trust him, their relationship suffers. I felt like even though he kept secrets, Lir proved himself to be loyal to her by risking his life for her several times, but unfortunately, Jax will require more convincing than I do. Good thing he will probably get the chance in the next book.
Jax’s personal growth is really the main focus of this book. Her relationship with Lir is just one aspect of her life that she has to learn to deal with. She has suffered a terrible trauma that is alluded to throughout the book, but never fully explained. It is this trauma that is at the root of her mistrust of not only Lir, but everyone, and she has to learn how to let the pain go and work with others.
The only person she trust and is comfortable around, her brother, is missing for most of the story so she has to depend on herself and others if she wants to survive long enough to save him.
Over the course of one book she grew a lot and learned how to fight for what she wanted instead of just allowing her brother to take the lead.
If Lir was a very likable character. He’s charming and handsome, but he also has moments of vulnerability that make him easy to root for and identify with. He made plenty of mistakes, but he always tries to do the right thing, and his bravery is impressive.
This is definitely a series that I plan to continue. I have a feeling that I will enjoy the second instalment even more than the first. There are still plenty of questions left unanswered, and I want to know more about the things that I have already learned. I also need more of Jax and Lir’s romance.
This was an entertaining and easy to read Science Fiction novel with likable characters, but I do want less personal conflict between the main characters in the next instalment. I mean come on! Soulmates are supposed to trust each other. That’s the whole point of being soulmates.
Because of violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up. It was very clean in the romance and language department.