Alienated by Melissa Landers
Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.
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.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of aliens trying to learn about humanity. Yes they have ulterior motives but what book that involves aliens doesn’t have them off being cloak and dagger about something? I will admit that I had worked out what they were actually after even though I didn’t want it to be true. I had hoped it was something else. It was alright though. I was a little surprised about what Aelyx was up to.
This book is a little predictable but the characters are interesting. Cara is a refreshing departure from some of the books that I’ve read recently that I couldn’t review. She has a lot in common with Sophia Grey from Take Me Tomorrow and I couldn’t help but think as I read this book that if Sophia and Cara were real people they would be great friends.
Aelyx is a great character too. The author did an excellent job of making him alien and still relatable. He also changes over the course of the book. The L’eihr are a very neutral everything society. They wear neutral colors and eat bland food. When he first comes to live with them Cara puts a great deal of effort into finding food that Aelyx can stand to eat. Everything she has him try at first makes him sick. His observations provide amusement as well as define his character.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone traveling. Consider it for your trip around the holidays. It’s the kind of book that you can leave and come back to without loosing the story. This is actually a 3.5 but I’m rounding up.
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