Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Their Invasion (Darkest Skies #1) by Marissa Farrar

Their Invasion by Marissa Farrar

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Their Invasion by Marissa Farrar blurb

Their Invasion is the first of the shared world Planet Athion series. It's fast-paced and action-packed but also sexy and lusty. If you like mixing your sex with testosterone and sizzle, you might enjoy this.

This book sets up the premise for the shared world and the series. So far I've read the first book in all the series being released by the three authors sharing this world and I think the first thing I would say to any potential readers would be read them in order. Each first book is released on a different date and feature different aspects of the world and also a different timeline pre- and post-invasion. Not that you'd get lost jumping into any of the series (I didn't) because you do get background and world building in all of them, but you get a much better picture and build up of the world if you read them in chronological release date order.

The other interesting thing to note is that these books are short and they each hold a little piece of the world building. If you read all of them, you get a much more cohesive picture of the world and the players within it - the humans, the Athions, and the Trads. Maybe it's because the books are so short the authors couldn't fit it all into their own books. Maybe it's intentional in an attempt to get you to read across the three series. I do not know.

Like the other books in the series, I enjoyed this one. Each author has a different style and this one is more intense and post-apocalyptic since it focuses on the moment of the invasion. Since I'm not much into the sciencey (yes, that's a word, I made it up) stuff, I do not know how accurate the portrayal of Camille and her men at their various jobs at the Observatory is, nor do I know the difference between an asteroid and a meteor so any discrepancies on the science, if there were any, didn't jump out at me. It was just a fun read and I'm okay with authors bending the truth a little to suit the story.

On to Camille and her men. Well, Camille ... what to say? She presents herself as a professional and one who is dedicated to her job, but when the disaster hits, she's all about the sex and the men because this is the end of the world as we know it and we might all die with a little bit of let's do sciencey stuff to find out what happened. Honestly, I do not know what to think of her. On the one hand she's driven, compassionate and smart, and on the other, she's kind of a mess and needy. And don't get me wrong. I like all the sex, that's part of why I read these stories, but Camille's motivations for it and giving into her attraction to the men left me feeling a little, like, really? Mind you, I've never experienced the end of the world. I may well turn out just like Camille and want to have all the sex. :-p Who knows?

Now the men on the other hand. I freely admit I'm biased because when I read these books, I read them more for the men and finding out what makes them tick than for the heroine. I like getting inside the men's heads. I'm a little disappointed I didn't get much of it since this story was told entirely in Camille's point of view. But the little I got to know about the men, I liked Aleandro's strength, Casey's seriousness, and Mike's charm. They were all distinctive enough that they stood out as individuals and I could clearly see their characteristics and personalities. Were they maybe a little stereotypical as all of the men in these stories are wont to be? Probably. But hey, you won't get any complains from me.

Overall, it's a good start to the series and a good start to the shared world building. I'm looking forward to all the next books in all three series to see where these authors take them. I think the whole world has a lot of potential.

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