by Melissa Landers
Overview (from Goodreads): Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
My Thoughts: I enjoy reading sci-fi books, but I’m not sure I’ve ever read one with real aliens and planet Earth (besides Doctor Who). Now that I’ve read Alienated, I suppose I can no longer say that.
Alienated was my first real alien book and it was both more than I expected and less. You didn’t really get the alien planet aspect in this book (that’ll be in book 2, Invaded). The aliens of Alienated look just like humans, but they’re not human and they would tell you that emphatically. Apparently we’re inferior to a high degree. I was a tad disappointed that the author took this stand. Everyone thinks we’re inferior.
The characters were pretty interesting. I thought most of the secondary characters were great in the beginning, but then they were sort of just written out to make more room for the main characters. That stunk because I would love to know more about everyone else too, specifically Eron and Cara’s parents. Aelyx and Cara were both interesting characters and their chemistry was fantastic (but pretty clean, in case you’re worried). I enjoyed watching Aelyx reconnect to his emotions by just being around humans.
The romance seemed to really be the main attraction in Alienated. I would’ve loved to read about it from a more political or environmental side, but the romance was the focus. It was interesting and the start was believable. Then all of a sudden it was life-changing, world altering love. I admit I had to go back and make sure I didn’t accidentally skip a few pages.
Ultimately I did like Alienated. The fact that it revolved so much around the romance irked me, but only a little bit. I will be picking up Invaded when it comes out in February. I’m interested to see what happens to Cara on L’eihr. I would recommend Alienated if you love reading young adult.
3.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = It was intriguing.