Author: Margaret Stohl
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.
The writing style was plain, simple and straightforward, with none of the beauty in prose I enjoy. The plot was rather strange – Aliens have taken over the Earth! We must save ourselves with emotions! (?) The characters felt underdeveloped. They were extremely bad at communicating, thus creating excuses for several fights and sundry other problems. They did have an interesting means of sharing emotions, by which they might be flooded by each other’s (strong) passions. I must note, hiding a love triangle by having the girl refuse to admit it does not help. I’m afraid the overall rating for this story was bored, with a hint of confusion, and a final statement of ‘meh.’
Sexual content: One kiss. Girl thinks a man is suggesting she sell her body for escape (he isn’t. And she was horrified by it.) Girl suggests boy come up to her room to be alone – “I say that to imply touching.” And says “We can talk. By which I imply not talking.” She’s not serious, and they all know it, she’s trying to get back at the others. Some physical attraction between characters.
Language: 6 d***, 2 a**, 6 derogatory terms, 5 exclamations of “Oh my God!” One of ‘What the hell”.