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He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn't know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her...
Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn't like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other...
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By Amazon Customer on 11-29-17
What did I want more? Forgiveness or death?
OMG, ATFF. this book gave me all the effing feels... 5 Stars
Raven is sent with her Tucker (her bf) and Topher (his twin brother) to work as counselors in a wilderness camp as an alternative restitution for-I believe- arson. While they are at this camp, Earth is invaded by aliens (or Nahx as they have been dubbed). Now all of the campers are essentially hiding out there, awaiting rescue or the Nahx and their fatal darts.
Eighth is a part of that Alien force which operates under a hive mentality with one purpose: killing humans. Eighth is defective, however, and soon crosses paths with Raven.
My Spoiler Free Thoughts:
This book is about survival, loyalty, and love, and G.S. Prendergast has woven these ideals together seamlessly. I think Raven is tough, Eighth is intriguing, and their character growth and bond feels really authentic.
I know the book is being compared to Beauty and the Beast, but I just don't draw that connection between the two. The only similarity is you-are-living-with-a-different-species-you-don't-like and nothing beyond that.
I've read that the story is incredibly slow paced, but I felt for the amount of time that is passing, the pace was very appropriate and even not as slow as it could have been.
Also THE MOST AWESOME narrators ever!!!
I definitely recommend this book, and I've posted a spoiler filled review and discussion on my Instagram @whitespacebooks