I don't usually give out 5 star ratings, and let me tell you why this story gets one. Alien invasion stories are everywhere, and it's hard to find a fresh perspective on the genre. Lake does that by giving us the Mamluks, an advanced race that invades Earth when their females are unable to conceive. They have culture, traditions and technology far beyond ours, and the human race soon falls into slavery.
Emily and Andrew, an engaged couple living in L.A., are separated when the Mamluks attack. Andrew is sent to slave labor, while Emily is rounded up with the other women to be presented as breeders. Andrew resents the Mamluks, forming plans to escape, while Emily is determined to make the best of her situation. She becomes the mate of the Mamluks champion, and quickly adapts to life as a Mamluk royal.
Andrew, on the other hand, is planning a rebellion.
You get to watch the characters grow as the time passes. Emily embraces the ways of the Mamluks, while Andrew grows more desperate for freedom. Their worlds slowly revolve into each-other, forcing each of them to make choices about who they are, and what their future will bring.
The one thing that immediately stuck out to me is how this book was written. It goes from first-person view to first-person view, with each chapter sending us into the heads of Emily and Andrew. It's tricky writing this way, but I believe that Lake pulls it off. It gives us a unique perspective on the situation, and helps us know exactly what the character is feeling.
I enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading more from him!