Series: Roswell High #5
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on 2000 (first published 1998)
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
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Michael: He's being held in a secret compound. But he's concerned less for himself than his friends. Max. Maria. Liz. Alex. And Isabel. He's got to get out before he's forced to betray the Roswell residents whom Sheriff Valenti is dying to capture. And once Sheriff Valenti has the information he wants, he won't be needing Michael anymore.
Isabel: She used to think of Michael as a brother. But now that he's been captured, she seems to be the only one able to hear his every thought, feel his every emotion, share his dreams. Could this special bond between them mean they're meant to be together? Time is running out for Isabel to know for sure...
The Intruder is probably my LEAST FAVORITE of all the Roswell High books. My disdain for this book doesn’t lie with the writing, it lies with Michael’s story line. In book five, we pick up right where we leave off in book four. Max has just been saved with the crystals from their ship, and connected with the collective consciousness of his planet. Unfortunately, we lose Ray Iburg at the end of book four, and Michael is captured by Valenti and Project Clean Slate. Once Max is fully recovered and realizes the seriousness of their situation, our Roswell group starts planning a rescue mission to save Michael.
All is well with Max and Liz in this book. After Max’s near death experience, he’s realized what’s important to him, and he doesn’t want to waste a second more pushing Liz away. He will do whatever it takes to protect her, and make up for lost time.
Maria is scared and frantic for Michael. She doesn’t want to wait to save him, but knows it’s in the groups best interest to lay low for a few days before proceeding with their rescue mission. Near the end of book four, Maria confessed her love to Michael. Things have been strange ever since. Maria is left wondering if there is someone else Michael is harboring feelings for…
Things are rough for Isabel and Alex. Isabel is starting to explore the idea of being with Michael after a couple of ”charged” connections they had in book four. In this book, Isabel is her signature inconsiderate self, and doesn’t care if her exploration of feelings and possibilities with Michael hurts two of her closest friends: Maria and Alex.
While Michael is locked up in the underground prison run by Valenti, he has more than enough time to contemplate his ”love life”. He can’t stop thinking about what Maria said to him, but he also can’t get Isabel out of his mind. As if things weren’t complicated enough, a third chick is thrown into the mix.
Meet Cameron. She’s the complete opposite of both Isabel and Maria. She’s edgy with short hair, and a tattoo. And she’s staying in the cell next door to Michael. There’s something different and alluring about Cameron, but Michael can’t put his finger on it. All he knows is he is definitely drawn to her.
Michael knows his friends are planning to save him, it’s just a matter of time. The people here don’t seem to want to dissect his body, as much as his mind. He has gone unharmed except for a few mental experiments. Michael is shocked when he finds out that he’s not the only alien-hybrid in the facility.
Meet Adam. He’s a guy about Michael’s age, is the same species as Michael, and has spent his entire life in the Project Clean Slate facilities. He thinks Sheriff Valenti is his father. Michael instantly takes Adam under his wing, and knows that he has to take Adam with him when they escape or are rescued.
This book was intense, and had me on the edge of my seat. Now that Max and Liz have given in to their bliss, things seem to be tense and unsure for everyone else. This book reminded me of season two of Roswell when Tess was introduced. I always felt like she was an Intruder, and I think I would have been much happier if season three had turned out more like book five. If you haven’t read The Intruder yet, I won’t spoil anymore of the story for you. But for those of you who have read it, what did you think about this book and Michael’s character? About Adam?
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