The story of Cara and Aelyx continues, but they are living on different planets. Cara is living on L’heir, as a foreign exchange student, and Aelyx is on Earth on a PR campaign, helping the L’Heir and human relations improve after the exchange student debacle that he helped implode in the first book. Each of them are challenged by living with a race that continues to hate them. This novel is not as much of a romance, as they are each living a world apart, so the reader follows both of their stories individually, rooting for them to overcome the hate, and loving it when they are able to convert others to enjoy diversity, at the risk of their own lives.
Cara is the weaker of the two characters, letting doubt creep in, and allowing that doubt about being able to live among a race that hates humans grab root. Aelyx, on the other hand, never doubts his feelings, or whether they can make this work, but to give Cara a little credit, he isn’t the one that is going to have to live forever on a foreign planet and be asked to leave all friends and family behind.
I like how Melissa Landers deals with racial tension by using this alien analogy. I’m curious to see how the two of them will overcome the problems that will face them in the future, and if their love will survive those decisions. The third book, United, comes out on August 6th, 2016.
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