The superb aliens-in-your-head SF sequel to the wildly popular The Rise of Io, by the author of The Lives of Tao series
When Ella Patel's mind was invaded by the Quasing alien, Io, she was dragged into the raging Prophus versus Genjix war. Despite her reservations, and Io's incompetence, the Prophus were determined to train her as an agent. It didn't go well. Expelled after just two years, Ella happily returned to con artistry, and bank robberies. But the Quasing war isn't done with them yet. The Genjix's plan to contact their homeworld has reached a critical stage, threatening all life on Earth. To complete the project they need Io's knowledge - and he's in Ella's head - so now they're both being hunted, again.
File Under: Science Fiction [ Brain Slug | Hidden Threats | Aliens vs Aliens | Wrong Place, Right Time ]
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A few chapters into Fall of Io I remembered what had bothered me about the previous book of the series: the protagonist, Ella, is deeply unsympathetic. She’s impulsive, ignorant, and written to consistently make terrible decisions. A few displays of personal loyalty in the story don’t make up for her other flaws. The presence of the series’ original protagonist in this book doesn’t help things. Roen starts off as a mopey slob but grows as a character through his books. His fundamental core is good despite his flaws. Ella’s character remains mired in a slum rat mentality despite everything.