City of the Invaders
City of the Invaders is the first book in the Chronicles of Palladia. It takes place in a socially divided future era. The EC minority group, the focus of the story, is important to this world because it is nonviolent and has an ancient heritage, but although its members are respected they aren’t particularly liked. This dynamic will affect them in time. Katia is a strong female lead with a feisty personality! Her relationship with her brother is a close camaraderie, but there are things about him she doesn’t see.
The "Invader" culture is shown as slave-owning among the wealthy and slaves appear in a few scenes. Some light sci-fi action sequences. No sex or profanity.
It’s 2335 and the minority EC, who keep to themselves, aren’t supposed to interact with the surrounding people, who they call Invaders. But when Consuela, a snarky Invader girl who works at a popular resort, finds herself hired by an elderly EC woman to help on a relief effort, she learns there's a lot more to the EC than she thought. After Miss Plummer's friends--vibrant Rachel, bookish Rena, and demure Amy--take her in, she learns they're complex, even secretive. And a shady EC man who used to live in Palladia and to know Miss Plummer now seems to not be as friendly as before. When the little group of EC women get stranded in Belaria and caught in an absurd loop of treachery and deceit, it will be up to their unexpected new ally, Consuela, to pull them out of it.
There are a couple of romances in the book, both G-rated and in few scenes. Slaveowning does not appear as most of the Invaders shown are poor.