Author: Melissa Landers
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Source/format: Purchased // Hardcover
Rating: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2
Synopsis (from goodreads.com):
After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.
But the vacation is short-lived.
The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.
With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.
M Y T H O U G H T S
Cara and Aelyx are finally living together but Aribol is insistent that both humans and L'eihrs cannot coincide on the Colony. With an ultimatum, humans must return to Earth within a month or Aribol will exterminate both races. As proof, Aribol destroys a spaceport and the Voyager fleet with flaming balls of fire. Cara and Aelyx return to Earth to find about that Jaxen and Aisley are wreaking havoc along with another mystery character that will shock some readers.
Melissa Landers has written another beautiful novel and I am glad United made it to the publishing stage. Landers was only contracted for a duology. There was a time Landers mentioned that if Invaded, the second book of the Alienated series, didn't sell well, United wouldn't be published. Through the pursuits of loyal Landers' readers, the book was able to be published which is fantastic! Readers have a voice!
It's exciting that we get to read United with both Cara and Aelyx side by side. It's important to have them together as a team with others such as Syrine, Troy and etc. This teamwork will lead them to overcome Aribol. I loved seeing the growth in character development throughout the series. There are some surprises at the end of the novel and they work. I am ecstatic to see some happy endings for those who suffered throughout the series.
Readers who enjoy light sci-fi with a bit of romance, leadership, teamwork and inter-galaxy relationships will enjoy the Alienated series. Landers ended the trilogy with a bang!