Zach agrees to help Raven, and finds himself drawn into a world he never knew existed.
Zach Harliegh was a baby when the aliens arrived. He doesn’t remember much about those months, except his parents fighting and his dad leaving. His father died, destroying the aliens, and his mother when Zach graduated from medical school. He’s alone in the world, working hard to get his career going leaves no time for any kind of relationship.
One night, a beautiful man is brought into the ER. Raven Sanderson has been severely beaten, and seems unsocialized. Raven and Zach hit it off when Zach takes over his care. Raven can’t speak, but writes notes to Zach, letting him know the man is in the city to find his sister.
Zach agrees to help Raven, and finds himself drawn into a world he never knew existed. A world full of alien creatures that read minds, and heal with a simple touch. He realizes there is more to the world around him, and the aliens he thought were destroyed weren’t. Their off-spring walk among us.
I feel as if I have read at least part of this story before. There wasn’t a note that this was an expanded version of a shorter story, but it’s possible. This story is told in alternating POVs between the doctor Zach and Raven, the Opalite. Raven’s people came to Earth when he was a child and the humans killed all the adults. The reason why the Opalites came or why the government killed them is never addressed completely. The children were placed in hiding with trusted humans. Years later, humanity had went on, many forgetting about the Opalite’s “invasion”, with the exception of the government and the rebels. The world strikes me as more dystopic than futuristic with how the reveal on the government came about.
Both Zach and Raven have secrets that are revealed gradually throughout the story and I really enjoyed it until about the half way point where the story telling changes. There were chronology issues. The middle felt stilted and slapped together without the cohesiveness the first part of the story had. There were plot issues such as Raven didn’t know where the gem was hidden or in which government facility. He would know if the gem was in the facility if he got close enough to feel it. Zach told him that he could get Raven into one of the facilities, but circumstances happened where Zach ended up going to the facility without Raven. When Raven goes to rescue Zach, we learn that he’d already reconned the facility and knew of it, which contradicts what was said before and if he’d reconned it then he would’ve known the gem was in the facility because he’d have sensed it. That was just one consistency issue among a couple in the second half of the story.
All in all, the story wasn’t terrible, just inconsistent. There were portions that I really liked but thought the romance between Raven and Zach lacking with continued slow reveal of Raven. I really wanted to like this more.