By Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant
Contact by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant is the second book in their "Alien Invasion" series of books and the story picks up just after "Invasion" finished. You can read my review of Invasion on this site too.
After Meyer disappeared from the bunker the cracks are starting to show with family as signs of claustrophobia set in amongst the group, Lila's and Raj's secret about the baby is out too causing a clear divide between Lila and Piper as Lila leans more to her biological mother Heather rather than her step mum.
One day a group of well equipped men appear inside the Axis Mundi looking more like a group of well equipped bank robbers than your average group of scavengers more befitting the world now. The men suspect that the Axis Mundi is hiding something special especially considering someone has gone to a great deal of trouble keeping people out with an elaborate set of security precautions. The gang eventually get in but things aren't as they seem as events take a turn in the families favour as the group of men turn on the leader Morgan executing him before he could harm the family, Cameron Bannister becomes the groups new leader as the men temporarily move in to the bunker. Cameron starts to gain the families trust after the initial abrasive entry into the bunker and he soon forms a plutonic relationship with Piper and it emerges that Cameron didn't just stumble on the bunker he searched it out. Cameron tells the family about the abductions I f people since the ships arrived and that he believes that Meyer is one of them but unlike the others he's one of nine remaining abductees out of twenty thousand that haven't returned and Cameron believes there is a reason for these nine people not returning.
Cameron and Piper decide that need to get back to a secret Lab on the desert called Moab where Cameron needs to relay as much information about Meyer Dempsey as he can to help the group discover why and what the Aliens are her for! As they set out across America they soon learn people can't be trusted anymore when the save a family from being robbed and probably murdered by a group of scavengers only to be double crossed by the family. When they arrive at the Moab facility Piper discovers that the Aliens have visited Earth before now and having been busy making preparations for something big and the nine abductees are part of the Aliens master plan.
This is another exciting well written book in series that flows brilliantly taking the reader on an exhilarating thriller ride of discovery, this book constantly forces the reader to question who is good and who doesn’t appear as they seem. This book is very much like the first book in that it builds up to a dramatic climax but leaves the major question open for the next in the series and by doing this it makes you want to continue reading the series to find out the next part of the overall story.