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The Invasion

(Grey Land #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,680 ratings  ·  307 reviews
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 Sídh ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by David Fickling Books
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Angela Shea They use the people who they captured from the boats and planes who tried to leave Ireland, or from past times when the portals opened, like Father Am…moreThey use the people who they captured from the boats and planes who tried to leave Ireland, or from past times when the portals opened, like Father Ambrosia. (less)
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Ellen Gail
“I hear the Sídhe have found a way in...I hear that’s what it’s about. An invasion.”

The Call is a fantastic book - brutal, inventive, and exciting! I expected more of the same with the sequel The Invasion, as well as plenty of new surprises.

Well...I got surprises all right.

I am just SUPER disappointed.

Mild spoilers throughout, but anything heavy duty will be marked. And spoilers for The Call. Obvs.

Let's start with what I did like:

Aoife! I didn't think about her much in the first book. Sh
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-dark
I really enjoyed this duology. The Invasion wasn’t as strong as the first book (The Call) but it was still an enjoyable read. For whatever reason, I really love creepy, twisted, and dark books and this duology has it all. There are several different narratives in this book but the strongest involves my favorite character Nessa. Nessa is still front and center in The Invasion and despite her severely deformed legs, she is a force to be reckoned with. With the Grey Land revisited and humans finall ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
I thought this was an excellent follow up to The Call. Having read the first book I was prepared for grim and dark, and The Invasion pretty much delivers.

The experiences of horror come this time not just from the Sidhe, but also from other humans. Of course they think Nessa is a traitor, otherwise how else could she have survived her Call? I found the whole nightmare Nessa has to endure as an accused traitor almost as stressful and horrifying as any trips to the Grey Land.

If you liked The Call
Schizanthus Nerd
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Invasion is a 2019 Hugo Awards finalist in the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book category.
In The Call we were introduced to Nessa and Anto. Despite incredible odds they both survived their Calls, so this should be the story of their happily ever after, right? Yeah, maybe not. Your first clue is the book’s title, The Invasion. Any happiness is fleeting and we’re at war here, people! There may not even be an ever after!
Three minutes and four seconds. That’s how long the Called are m
Sara Grossaint
When I read The Call about a year and a half ago now, I did so under the assumption that it was a good Halloween one-off, a haunting story about horrific, evil fairies known as the sídhe, who terrorized Ireland by spiriting all their children away to the grey land due to a sick, twisted take on the story of St. Patrick wherein he banished the sídhe from the mounds, not snakes. The wicked imagery and haunting descriptors alone were enough to make the first book memorable, but I remember, upon fin ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Call is one of my favourite books about the Faery/Fairy folk - it came out of nowhere and slapped one hell of a story right into my hands. This follow up lacks some of the punch of the original (not entirely it's fault; a lot of that punch was that I'd never read anything like that before), but pulls none as it follows after it's sibling.

We pick up right where we left off, and I highly recommend reading the first book again if it's been a while. There's a lot of people to keep up with, and i
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This was another fun one with LOTS of graphic violence and gore. There were a few issues with this one with the plot points but I still really liked and haven't seen anything like it in the YA category before.

Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Following on from The Call, The Invasion follows characters Nessa, Anto and Aoife as they attempt to eradicate the threat of the fae from Ireland and allow the children of the island to grow up in safety once more, without the fear and threat of the dreaded 'call.'

The Invasion starts pretty much within a few weeks from the ending of The Call and as readers, we're mostly following Nessa and Anto now they have left survival college and survived their call, with some chapters from Aoife's point of
shar zar
It's so sad but I didn't like this book as much as the first one. I really really wanted to like it which is why it bums me out as much as it does to only give it three stars. I liked the first book even though there were still some answers left but it was okay because it was mysterious. For this book I had to stretch my disbelief so much it stretched thin at some points and some phrases like "he was drooling like a cartoon character" or "like a game glitching" or "hashtag OMG" completely to
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! I loved seeing Nessa and Anto again and being back in the world. This sequel was really well paced and totally kept me on the edge of my seat, I've not shouted at a book like that in a long time ;) I was really happy with everything, in fact the only bad thing is that there are no more!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, zz-2018
I loved the first book but this one drug and drug. It felt like it was never going to end. I didn't enjoy the plot at all. All the violence was tedious and I really didn't care how things ended. I wish I would have just read the first book and been done with it. I still highly recommend that one

I did this on audio and the narrator is excellent.
E. H. Nathasia
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 star!
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was just all over the place and I didn’t really understand what was going on most of the time. The biggest issue, however, was the fact that I just didn’t particularly care about any of the characters.

If this book was narrated in the first-person instead of the third, then I think it would have allowed the reader to develop a better sense of sympathy for the characters. I felt like the third-person narration just detached the reader from the characters instead of allowing them to becom
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favourites-2018
Holy hell what a mind-blowing sequel! Going into this book I was really unsure about what the plot was going to be and how it was going to top the first one, but honestly it only took a few chapters before I was completely and utterly hooked!

I don't want to say too much just yet until the book is officially released, but let's just say that The Invasion is much more horrific, dark and twisted than The Call, and I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering how on earth it was all going to end!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know how to rate this book because I am really confused by the ending. Did Nessa survive or die? Did the war end? I don't think everything was explained and I read a lot so I can usually understand. But the ending confused me because they didn't say that he openly left Nessa in the GreyLand. So is she stuck there forever and is the portals destroyed? I have so many questions that I still have. So I'm not going to rate it until I see someone explain or reread it again? I don't know I'm co ...more
Excellent follow up to The Call and after reading this I'm sure to read everything that Peadar Ó Guilín ever writes!
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)

This was a weird mix of an interesting concept, a character that I couldn't help but feel for, and utter boredom and contempt for the rest of it. I enjoyed Nessa's chapters and they kept me intrigued and wanting to know what happened, but I honestly did not give a shit about anything else. For me at least, this would have been a much more enjoyable book without the extra point of views.

Also, I can't help but laugh at the romance a little because they're 14. Oh, also, Anto so doesn't deserv
Lauren Stoolfire
A great wrap up to this duology even if it wasn't quite a fantastic as book one. I loved listening to the audiobook - I love listening to the narrator speak.
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I was so very pleasantly surprised by Peadar Ó Guilín’s novel “The Call” that when I found out that it was getting a sequel I was on pins and needles for it to be released. His take on a malevolent and violent faerie world was something that I hadn’t seen before in such brutal and disturbing fashions, and it definitely took the concept of faerie worlds and put it in a dark reality, all while making their rage somewhat understandable. I also loved
Josie Jaffrey
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow in April, along with a video interview with the author!
Here they are!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored The Call, it’s so gory and chilling, and The Invasion is no different. It has the same feel, and created the urge to keep reading in order to find out what happened next!

I really liked what happened to Nessa. Even though it’s obviously wrong, I feel it really is what people would think and I loved it for being so dark. I was a little more confused with Anto, to be honest. Him being rounded up but not really then getting used against Nessa didn’t quite sit right with me. Howe
Don't want to write anything to spoil it, just know it's as scary, and as action-packed as The Call. Every scene as imaginative, every emotion as powerful.

It's just not the story I wanted.
Clare O'Beara
Last night I was thinking, no, I've read this book two evenings running and it's dark, and I probably shouldn't be going to sleep thinking about this book and waking up thinking about it like I have been, so I'll read something else, or just sit here and watch the news.
2 a.m., I finished the book and went to bed.

You do need to have read the first book. The Invasion comes across as a far more mature book than The Call, because while the protagonists are not much older, few of them are still in c
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt it was a strong conclusion to the series, but it still had its issues.
The narrative went from one extreme to the other. The beginning was confusing and dragged a while and then the finale was to fast and I felt there was a lot that was glossed over.

There was a very interesting comments about the loss of local values and culture to value others and war. Unfortunately, they felt short. They were just hints in the midst of repetitive descriptions of gore. The book, when sometimes isn't nec
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable twisted fairy tale .
Dark as hell but with a great imagination
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I only read to see what happened, but this story unfortunately went sour fast! Good concept, but now my cop of tea! I hate giving bad reviews too😭💔
More of a 3.5, actually :)
Maisie Iven
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is so perfectly horrific! A really perfect ending to what was a really hard to handle story. Nessa and Antu's love story was so perfectly done across the two books! All the right notes of sweetness and heartbreak and horror.
Alice-ginevra Micheli
*4.5 Stars
This is a great follow up and finale to ‘The Grey Land’ duology. Just as dark and grim as the first one but with more development of the main characters, as well as the Sídhe themselves! I did find myself pushing through some of the slower parts, particularly in the middle before the big action set pieces were truly underway but the ending was fantastic and just how a story such as this should end. I wish we got more!
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