Alienated by Melissa Landers
“It was both terrifying and glorious in it’s intensity. It was love.”
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’ve recently noticed that the sci-fi, alien genre seems to be the new trend in YA and as I am pretty much over the YA apocalypse, I thought I’d give this new trend a try. There was some much buzz surrounding this series, so not sure if I went into this novel with too high expectations or what, but I wasn’t impressed. Don’t get me wrong, Alienated is a fun, entertaining and easy read but that is about all it is. The writing isn’t amazing and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. The science didn’t hold together, the characters were pretty bland and feel in love way too fast without any true connection. But it was a quick easy read and I understand it is a YA read, so don’t want to fault it too much for the character immaturity. 3 out 5 Stars.