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Invader (Foreigner #2)

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Nearly two centuries after the starship Phoenix disappeared into the heavens, leaving an isolated colony of humans on the world of the atevi, it unexpectedly returns to orbit overhead, threatening the stability of both atevi and human governments.

With the situation fast becoming critical, Bren Cameron, the brilliant, young paidhi to the court of the atevi is recalled from
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Daw Books
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Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This SF series is continuing to prove itself one of the most enduring and fascinatingly social of all the hard SF's I've ever read. Book two seems to pick up very well with similar or perhaps improved pacing from the previous one, but instead of focusing so much on the linguistics issues, Bren finds himself with ever increasing responsibility and power within the Atevi world, much to the everlasting chagrin of his "people" on the island of humans.

Did he go native, selling out the other humans? H
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bren-paidhi has returned from hasty medical attention on the human island of Mospheira back into the political hotbed of the capital of the atevi Eastern Association Shejidan. The aiji of the Eastern Association, Tabini, desperately needs his linguistic and political skills because Bren's temporary replacement has charged into the delicate atevi politics and culture like a bull in a china shop.

This is not the proving ground and interrogation of Malguri. This is Shejidan, and Tabini implicitly tr
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Invader carries on from the events of Foreigner, dealing with the deep repercussions of the arrival of the Phoenix on both the Humans and the atevi.

This was a much better reading experience, and I found myself trying to snatch time to get back to the novel. Not sure if this was due to my being invested now in this world and its inhabitants or to the book itself and its structure and pacing. Probably both.

Cherryh's writing style is amazing but requires some getting used to. Indeed, she focuses
Приключих тази и скочих директно в следващата :D
Просто не е истина колко обичам такъв тип истории - истории, които задълбават малко повечко в света и във вътрешните изживявания на героите, които го обитават!

Значи нашия преводач оцеля през бунта в провинцията, където беше "заточен" и се завърна, за да се заеме с това, което си му е работа - да преговаря между хора и атеви. Това че жителите на "човешкия" континент са си мислели, че ще им даде предимство, си е техен проблем :D (Мога да разбера и тя
J L's Bibliomania
I'd forgotten just how quickly time moves at the beginning of the Foreigner series. In the week or so covered by the second installment, Invader, we quickly move from injured paidhi Bren Cameron being summarily summoned back to the mainland to resume his position as the human speaker/translator to the native aliens to the excitement surrounding the landfall of the envoys from the returned colony ship.

I love how C.J Cherryh brings her linguistic background to this world and plays with the idea of
House Hesson
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This series benefits greatly from being read in order, so, soon-to-become-standard warning: We won't give spoilers for the specific book in its review, but we do assume you're up to date on the series to that point.

Bren's actions in Malguri have made him a hero by atevi standards, as well as a fool, but it does him little good. The book opens with him fresh out of surgery on Mospheira, headed back to Shejidan and pumped full of pain medications. His body will be fine but his life is, as he's abo
Melinda Snodgrass
So I read the first book in this series, FOREIGNER, and I had problems with it because the protagonist was basically luggage through the entire book, and he whined a lot. Which given the protagonist of my EDGE books is an odd complaint from me because Richard can be a little uncertain and insecure. There was an awful lot of navel gazing too. Still the world building and the alien culture were fascinating.

I didn't intend to go on with the series, but I couldn't quit thinking about Bren and the at
I enjoyed both Foreigner #2 and #3, but not as much as book 1. A common complaint about these books is the amount of repetition (Our Hero, Bren Cameron, mulls thoughts over Again and Again and Again) -- and though I didn't mind it in the first book, that tendency did start to get old. Also, I started having more and more difficulty suspending my disbelief over story elements (like the claim that there's a billion or so Atevi and only ONE human interpreter for ALL of them), and by book 3 I was al ...more
So this was kind of complicated for me. There were some aspects of this book that I really liked, but there were some I was less than excited about. I also strangely liked the first third or so of the book the most, while the middle was less interesting, and the ending actually dragged for me. Usually when a sequel's events directly follows the end of the previous book the first part of said sequel is often a boring tying up of loose ends. Somehow, this book reversed that. Instead it felt as if ...more
Kaushik Iyer
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
If Foreigner is about Alienness and loneliness, then Invader is a wonderful story about the start of connection and communication.

I'm starting to see why Jo Walton talks about this series as being similar to A Suitable Boy in its ability to describe rich, internally consistent characters who feel real. By the end of this book, Ilisidi feels like someone you know and understand. Jago and many of the other Atevi still feel foreign, but you start to feel like you can predict how they'll react and w
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Foreigner series! This series is great Sci-Fi, alien culture, and political intrigue all rolled into one.
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, fiction, signed
Review: Invader (Foreigner 2) by C. J. Cherryh [return](ISBN 0886776384)[return][return]When Bren Cameron is rushed from surgery back to the high court of the alien Atevi, he knows there has to be something drastic going on. And he's right. The woman who replaced him, Deana Hanks, is not at all qualified to work in the position of Paidhi. Her interests are purely and politically human, and Bren can't decide if she's incompetent or malicious. Whatever the answer, she's stirred up a hornets' nest ...more
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Well, the Goodreads description is about useless for book 2 of the Foreigner series.

The premise of the book is pandhi Bren Cameron is hastily called back to the Atevi government and politics when the starship Phoenix suddenly appears in the sky above the planet after a 200 year absence. Bren must now deal with an Atevi population who fears the ship is going to burst upon them with death rays, his predecessor Diana Hanks presence which is in violation of the Treaty established after Phoenix aban
Shawna Coronado
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I am interested in the characters, but find the politics difficult and uninteresting.
Minki Pool
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is with these books. Again, very little happened. Bren obsesses about cultural differences. Bren writes letters and attends meetings. Bren obsesses more. Bren gets shot at a bit, which, again, wasn't the fascinating part of the book. There is some travelling. Some playing of darts. Some bro-crushing on Bren's part, followed by some more obsessing about the fact that his bros can't and won't crush back because they're not human. More obsessing about politics. There is awkward ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I thought this book was much faster paced than the first in the series. Bren still spends a lot of time inside his own hear, second guessing what he's done, but his backbone if firming!

I'm listening to this series and enjoy the narrator. The world building has been great so far. This second in the series does end rather abruptly and is a real cliffhanger. I have purchased the next two installments, but will likely let a couple of months pass before moving to the next. I am enjoying the series.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This review is probably best seen as a recap of my thoughts about the second and third books in this series. It will assume you’ve read Foreigner. It will actually mention some major plot points from Invader and Inheritor too. There will be spoilers. You have been warned. If you’re curious about and/or new to the series, go read my review of Foreigner instead, because most of what follows will a) be spoiler-y and b) probably not make a whole lot of sense to you.

Read the entire review of Invader
Krista D.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the entire audiobook yesterday; I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The pacing was very swift, though there was a weird lull towards the very end of the book just before the final conflict started. It went on longer than I would have suspected, but the pace picked up again very quickly. Ended on a cliffhanger, so now I need to get the next ASAP.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Okay, this hooked me in a little more. And, of course, it has a gorgeous Michael Whelan cover, which certainly doesn't hurt. But it was still ... not quite right, with regard to the juggling of exposition, emotional plot elements, and political plot elements.
Ian Suddreth
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the characters and the characterization of the the different species. Very fun story. There was some inner monologue stuff that I skipped, but I think the series will be lots of fun.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. C.J. Cherryh just has a way of making a whole society and culture come to life. Very unique and original. I'm excited to read the next one.
Screwed over, screwed up, and now the great holy Ship was back, offering paradise in space and the sun.

The second book in Foreigner series furthers the plot concerning a turning point in human-alien relations on an alien world, where the humans are tolerated at best, and shoot at in other cases. There are now two human diplomats, and a returned human spaceship to complicate matters further. Also, our protagonist Bren faces some pretty important questions himself, about the nature of loyalty, att
Ted Cooper
The burn is so slow. Glacial. It is strangely meditative to watch Bren freak out in paranoid circles for a while, decide he knows what's going on, and later realize he got it about half right, over and over and over again. Names and words and ideas gain surreal intensity as they are repeated over, and over, and over again. Banichi and Jago's even-keeled wit and consistent unwillingness to take the bait when Bren tries to make things interpersonally weird soothes us time after time, whispering to ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cherryh has a way of weaving a tale and painting a picture, to mix my analogies, that leaves me, as a reader, entirely in awe and so lost in the patina of the experience that I take no notice whatsoever of her technique or style or voice, but only the resultant characters and world. There are admittedly moments when I'm not sure who's talking until after the words are spoken, but it's fascinating that the wall of unbroken prose isn't daunting to read in the least. Perhaps it's simply because I f ...more
Ken Richards
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cherryh leads the reader on a tense and exhilarating ride as diplomat Bren Cameron navigates the shoals of intrigue and treachery revealed by the reappearance after two centuries of the lost starship Phoenix in the heavens above the earth of the atevi.

Cherryh's skill is in keeping us inside the head of paidhi Bren Cameron as he thinks his way through the thicket of conflicting loyaties and cultural clashes and misunderstandings which litter the landscape. The reader learns the culture of the ate
Noel Roach
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the recent release of Convergence, the 18th novel in this series, I thought I would start back at the beginning again. So often in science fiction, especially TV and Cinema, aliens are basically human characters in non-human bodies, but in the Foreigner series Cherryh really tries to make her atevi culturally and psychologically different from humans. Having just finished Foreigner a few days before, I found those differences really crystallized for me here in the second book in the series.
Marsh Bloom
The author is more honest about the conceit of this series than in the first book, which is one character operating politically in a world where he's infantilized. There's almost a fetish to his being cared for and then having to come through despite that.

There's only about a novella's or short story's worth of actual plot action. Still a lot of circling and sometimes redundant prose covering the main character's thoughts that I found muddling rather than informing.
Patrick (TheKoolKandy)
I finished the first book of this series, and I wasn't actually sure if I'd liked it. Now that I'm into the mode, I can say without a doubt these are some great books. It's so interesting seeing the Atevi developed, not to mention the relationship Bren holds to him as he tries to give words to what might be different and what might be the same. I'm really looking forward to reading more of the series.
Sarah Guldenbrein
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Oh Bren-ji! Less awash in confusion than in the last book but still not perfectly at ease. I don't consider myself much of a series reader, but I requested the next book from the library when I was two-thirds through this one. So in love with this world and these characters.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to scratch my sociology / linguistics nerd itch. Bren's disastrous personal life and struggles to maintain his humanity, without letting it get him killed, comes across really strongly. Illisidi continues to be awesome.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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Foreigner (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
  • Inheritor (Foreigner, #3)
  • Precursor (Foreigner, #4)
  • Defender (Foreigner, #5)
  • Explorer (Foreigner, #6)
  • Destroyer (Foreigner, #7)
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“But his political sense kept up a persistent itch that said: A, Given ignorance in the mix, stupidity was at least as common in politics as astute maneuvering; B, Crisis always drew insects; and, C, Inevitably the party trying to resolve a matter had to contend with the party most willing to exploit it.” 9 likes
“Tabini was at least canny enough in the differences between atevi and human to know that, gut level, he might think he understood - but chances were very good that he wouldn't, couldn't, and never would, unaided by the paidhi, come up with the right forecast of human behavior because he didn't come with the right hardwiring. Average people didn't analyze what they thought: they thought they thought, and half of it was gut reaction.” 5 likes
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