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The sequel to the chilling, unforgettable book that asks...could you survive The Call?

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 Sídhe are waiting, and they have a very special fate planned for her.

Meanwhile, with the help of a real traitor, the enemy come pouring into Ireland at the head of a terrifying army. Every human they capture becomes a weapon. Anto and the last students of his old school must find a way to strike a blow at the invaders before they lose their lives, or even worse, their minds.

But with every moment Anto is confronted with more evidence of Nessa's guilt. For Nessa, the thought of seeing Anto again is the only thing keeping her alive. But if she escapes, and if she can find him, surely he is duty-bound to kill her....

©2018 Peadar O'Guilin (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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Simply Amazing

I cannot remember the last book that had me so swept off my feet and seeing images in my mind of the story laid out in front of me. Beautiful, haunting, and truly cherished.

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What a sequel...

I absolutely loved the first book and this one was just as good. The narrator did a fantastic job and the story further explores both the Irish people and how they are coping with the call as well as the fairy folk and how they are dealing with it all. I would 100% recommend this if you liked the first one.

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  • 06-20-18

Fantastic sequel!

I loved The Call, and The Invasion is a satisfying conclusion! A familiar theme that picks up right where book #1 left off and takes us on another thrilling adventure with the characters we know. Loved it!

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The PERFECT Sequel

In my years reviewing books, I've read bad sequels, decent sequels, good sequels, and great sequels; however, I have never read a perfect sequel and that is exactly what 'The Invasion' is. I was scared that this was going to be one of those times when I'd be disappointed, because of how good the first one was, but Peadar Óguilín seems incapable of disappointing.

After the events of the first book, Anto and Nessa are going to meet up, because, like all survivors of the call, they plan on getting their future started as soon as possible. On the way to see Anto, however, the bus Nessa is riding is stopped and a detective working for the nation of Ireland has come to collect Nessa for being a traitor. After the detective asks a boy to trip Nessa, he asks how she could possibly survive the call when a ten-year-old could get the drop on her. With polio having made her legs barely sticks to stand on, no one believes that she could possibly have actually lived without making a deal with the Sidhé.

That is the main problem with the nation now. Which survivors can be trusted and which ones made deals with the Sidhé in order to stay alive? Although Nessa did no such thing, she finds herself in prison, while Anto is sent away as a diversion to join soldiers meant to destroy any unnatural thing the Sidhé have been sending through small holes between the two worlds. As veil between the two worlds dims all the time, an invasion of magical, evil beings is imminent.

After listening to 'The Call,' I became obsessed with this story and the amazing work that had to have gone in to making this world a reality. Óguilín, although Irish himself, MUST have done so much homework in order to get this mythology to work in such a creative and new way. After the positive reception of the first book, Peadar, who hadn't planned on writing a sequel at all, decided that the story wasn't finished and I am so glad that he did. This book was magical and right on par with 'The Call.' These two books probably make up the best duology I've ever read... And, if I start thinking about trilogies, these books would be in my top three list when I add those, right between Justin Cronin's 'The Passage' and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's 'The Strain' Trilogies. They were beautifully written, had perfect pace, and caused me so much fun stress (if that's possible) that I never wanted to stop listening!

As far as narration goes, Amy Shiels, an Irish actress known for her work on the show Twin Peaks, did an incredible job. This, in no way, surprises me, because she narrated the first book as well. Honestly, if I were to read an Irish-based book (or one with an Irish narrator), I don't think I'd want ANYONE except Ms. Shiels. Okay, I do love Saorsie Ronan, so I'd take her, but NO ONE ELSE. Amy is amazingly talented in narration and, now, I'm even going to follow her acting career closely; I'm sure she's stellar in that work as well.

My way of rating books is your basic school grading system (except a million times harder to get an A than a normal class). The narration and the novel will get a solid A from me. I do not give out A's a lot, even if I like a book. So, when I give the book an A, it means it was incredible. Do yourself a favor: if you haven't read or listened to 'The Call,' go ahead and do that. Once you get through that book, you won't need any encouragement to continue to read 'The Invasion!'