Author: Melissa Landers
Publication: January 6th, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Page count: 368 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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.
Not incredibly impressive but a decent read nonetheless.
Alienated caught my eye last year with its beautifully vibrant cover though I didn’t give it a chance until last month when I decided to order it out of curiosity.
And uncontrollable urge to own a physical copy to show off on my shelf.
Ehem, okay. So, moving on to the actual review.
The writing is one of the main keys for me that either make or break a book. I have some experience in which the writing style prevented me from fully enjoying a story and luckily that is not the case with Alienated. Melissa Landers has captivated me with her prose — the kind that is able to convey the characters’ personality well without being repetitive or redundant. L’eihr’s history is explained smoothly, slipped into conversations which I could just follow perfectly fine. In fact, those moments were the ones I looked forward the most when reading this book.
The protagonist Cara is extremely inspiring and I personally believe that she is such a good role model for everyone. She actually has some backbone and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions. She doesn’t let other people dictate what she should believe in and stands up for her own belief, even if the odds are against her favor. Despite that, Cara also experiences some break-downs and doubts – glimpses of her weaknesses that make her all the more human. There’s no denying that I’m a huge fan of Cara!
In Alienated, Cara is tasked to take care of the exchange student from planet L’eihr, Aelyx. He seems so robotic and abnormal in the beginning, but gradually becomes more compassionate and… human. I loved reading his interactions with Cara – their banters and Aelyx’s surprisingly hilarious choice of words. The slow-burn romance, though sadly didn’t ignite some sparks in my fangirl heart, was rather entertaining to read.
Although Alienated is supposed to be a sci-fi read, some contemporary elements are thrown to the mix and seem to be dominating the book. I think Alienated is a light read that will be perfect for everyone, especially those who are new to sci-fi and would like to avoid anything too heavy. As for me, it is safe to say that I will be reading Melissa Landers’s future books. After that kind of writing, who wouldn’t be excited for her next project?? 😀