I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alienated by Melissa Landers
Published by Disney Electronic Content on 2014-02-04
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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 don’t have a strong opinion of this book either way. It was a fun and quick read for me.
It was hard to connect with Cara. She seems very naive, and is so focused on her education and beating everyone else that she doesn’t ask enough questions. I do admire her for standing up for what she believes in. Aelyx was easier for me to like. He is pissed about being on Earth, and doesn’t know what do with these new feelings he’s exposed to. I think some of my favorite scenes were of Cara trying to find something he would be able to eat.
The thing I liked the most about Alienated is the social issues it dealt with. Treating someone badly because of their species isn’t exactly the right thing to do. All you show that person that you are capable of is hate and fear. I think it touched on those issues very well. My inner sociologist was so happy about this.
I really want to read the next book to see what happens. The ending of Alienated was great, and I have to know what’s next for both Cara and Aelyx.