I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Alienated #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 4th, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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 started this book when I was on vacation and I ended up really liking it. I was on a cruise boat, and I found this book provided just the right kind of vacation reading. The story is light, full of action, and of course there is kissing. It was one of those reads that drags you in and doesn’t let go until the end. For me, I found Alienated by Melissa Landers quite a fascinating read.
The book is set in an alternate reality where aliens have made contact with Earth. This alien race shares DNA with humans. They even look like humans with subtle differences. Their race is more advanced and possesses technology that can save Earth from a water shortage. They even have the technology to cure cancer. So when they agree to send exchange students to live on Earth, the politicians know they have to make the populace happy because Earth can benefit so much from the friendship with these aliens.
Cara is a straight A student who agrees to host the only alien exchange on USA soil. Not everyone is happy about the exchange and becoming friends with aliens, and soon Cara and her alien find themselves in danger. Angry mobs aren’t the only problem because Cara and Aelyx are falling in love. Being a sucker for romance of course I was all over this plot line of star-crossed lovers like white on rice. I really did like the book because while it was cheesy, it was the right kind of cheese that is believable, romantic, and leaves a swoony smile across my face.
I liked that Aelyx starts off hating the assignment and believes that humans are beneath him, to developing compassion and growing to love not only Cara, but the human race. These traits that had been bred out his people after years of cloning and it’s good to see that everyone needs passion in their lives because it keeps the drive we all have going to try new things, fall in love, and better our lives. I like that it is Cara’s loyalty and passion that helps him see the light. It is that loyalty and passion that causes her to risk everything for love and leave behind everything she has ever known. I felt the chemistry sizzled off page and their love was genuine and believable.
In the end, I really liked Alienated. For me, this book was about two beings who think they can’t be more different, but realize that they each have something valuable to offer each other. I liked the message in the book of finding one’s passion and tolerance. This book is about tolerance and acceptance because every being has something valuable of offer. The way the book ended was kind of bittersweet. I am now eagerly awaiting the next installment because I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the Cara and Aelyx love affair. Alienated is a book that made me cheer, swoon, and bite my nails in suspense. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that will take them on romantic adventure.