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Alaska 2020.
Earth. Shifters. Invasion.
Summary:
Set in Alaska in 2020, Uri Petrov and Dr. Samantha Croon find their lives intertwined when the shifters first land on Earth. Both motivated by love for their families, each is taken down a different path that will change the course of their lives forever and eventually the fate of the world.
Meanwhile, the military has divided into fractions...those who believe in the alien invasion and those who refuse to accept it, leaving Captain Raul at opposing ends with other heads of military.
With the shifters invading the forests of Kenai Lake, they explore their new world of refuge, and must discover how to shift in animal form while uncovering what it truly means to be human.
With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.

"Invasion (Shifter Evolutions, #1)" Reviews

Lucybee
- The United States
1
Sat, 11 Apr 2015

Read for your future!
- Xenia, OH
5
Fri, 23 Sep 2011

Read James's review here:
http://readforyourfuture.blogspot.com...

Mitzi
- Memphis, TN
1
Thu, 20 Oct 2011

WildAboutBones
- The United States
3
Thu, 06 Oct 2011

3.75 Stars!! While this is the fifth book written in the Shifter Evolutions series by Blackwelder, it has been subtitled Shifter Evolutions #1 since it is the prequel which tells the story of the actual invasion that started it all. Earlier this year I read and reviewed The Shifters of 2040 and, after reading this, I now understand more about the characters in that book. This author does something I so appreciate; includes a glossary of her world's terms in the front of the story.
Blackwelder has created a totally unique type of "shifter" for her series. They are Eequeueans, "sentient beings of light", with three form types: natural alien, animal and human-like.
It is the 4th of July 2020 in Alaska and meteors-like things fill the sky amongst the fireworks display but they don't just fall, they hover and streak sideways.
This is the story of:
Uri - who has an important part in the future, spends time in Alaska during his college life featuring his girlfriend Julie who so gets on my nerves with her screaming and panicking and who makes a decision which will forever change Uri
Samantha - and her dysfunctional marriage to Christopher caused by the death of her brother which causes her obsession with the shifters and trying to find a way to stop them since she thinks they killed her brother
Raul - and how he rises in power in the military due his obsession with the shifters after seeing one while out deer hunting and meets a young woman who will change his world and possibly the attitude toward the shifters
Melissa - how as a ten-year-old the seeds of hatred for her military father are already germinating and the shifters' discovery fuels her thirst for all things science which leads her to become a scientist
Here much of the military are the bad guys along with the American president, the public acts like the people of 1938 upon hearing H. G. Wells' radio broadcast of War of the Worlds and the aliens actually do come in peace just wanting to share a little bit of the earth.
I liked the story, especially since it has such unusual shifters and a good plot.

Katy
- Athens, GA
3
Thu, 23 Jun 2011

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook via the LibraryThing Members Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Alaska 2020. Earth. Shifters. I nvasion. 
Summary: Set in Alaska in 2020, Uri Petrov and Dr. Samantha Croon find their lives intertwined when the shifters first land on Earth. Both motivated by love for their families, each is taken down a different path that will change the course of their lives forever and eventually the fate of the world.
Meanwhile, the military has divided into fractions...those who believe in the alien invasion and those who refuse to accept it, leaving Captain Raul at opposing ends with other heads of military.
With the shifters invading the forests of Kenai Lake, they explore their new world of refuge, and must discover how to shift in animal form while uncovering what it truly means to be human.
With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.
My Thoughts: Well, this is a very interesting idea – creatures made of light and malleable DNA fleeing to Earth from a dying planet, and the repercussions thereof. Unfortunately, the delivery wasn’t up to the idea – the characters didn’t have enough development, tending toward flatness with a few exceptions, and there was a major plot issue with Uri and Julia’s ages – at the beginning they were college students and had been for at least a couple years, yet 5 years later they were still college students and Uri was only 21. This does not at all fit with the timeline. I’ve noticed this sort of thing before in an ensemble cast of a story that takes place over a number of years – the author doesn’t take the time to really think out the timeline and plan the ages of the characters clearly enough. The story was really complex and Blackwelder did do a good job of keeping the story flowing in an understandable way – it could have been a real mess, but she did keep that together. Unfortunately, it seemed like she was just skimming the top of the story and leaving out huge chunks. The story was 5th written, but is chronologically first in the Shifters Evolution series, followed by The SCM of 2030. I have also the 3rd book in the series, The Shifters of 2040, but the series really wasn’t my cup of tea, so I don’t think I’ll continue it. Blackwelder has a number of other books out, too, two of which I’ll be reading and reviewing this week, so watch for my reviews of The Mers and She Speaks to Angels.

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