Alienated (Alienated #1) – Melissa Landers

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13574417Two 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.

 

If you’re anything like me, then you love a good sci fi book every now and then. The problem is, it’s really hard to find a great one. I went into Alienated very hesitantly. I read a few sci fi books last year that just didn’t work well for me. I thought that the beginning of Alienated was actually pretty good. I really enjoyed the concept of aliens coming to Earth to live peaceably with humans. Unfortunately, this one did have it’s flaws for me. While it was good, by no means did I think it was great. It was just kind of cute.

Alienated has a laid back, almost contemporary kind of feel to it. It’s more the type of book that I would recommend someone read on a lazy, rainy weekend. When I think of sci fi, I think of tons of technology and lots of action pumped scenes. Yeah, that doesn’t really happen in this book. There are some scenes at the end that felt really rushed….but I would almost just classify this as a contemporary read.

The characters in the book were solid, yet slightly annoying at the same time. Over time, I began to find Cara really annoying. Maybe that’s just because I was experiencing too much of her. I did like her at first, but man she got on my nerves. Aelyx was more interesting than Cara. He definitely had that hot factor going on for him. As a couple, though, I didn’t think that they went very well together. I was also really put off by the insta lovey quality that this book had going on. They didn’t hook up right at the beginning, but they definitely felt attraction to one another from the very start. At the end the “I love you’s” started to be spouted off. By that time I just wanted to barf. They just weren’t a good pair.

The ending of Alienated felt very rushed,  almost as if the author was trying to finish everything in just a couple of chapters. I was kind of annoyed that nothing really happened for 85% of the book, and then BAM! All of this stuff comes piling on at the ending. Honestly, most of the book was a little boring. Nothing was happening. And then I was just annoyed that that boringness was trying to be recovered at the end.

My two biggest problems with Alienated were the supporting characters and the dramatic last few chapters. I wasn’t very fond of how everyone treated Cara and Aelyx. I kept questioning why no one was really stepping in, and why those kids were being able to run the school without any consequences. I understood the concept of what was going on and the idea behind it, but seriously? Some of those kids would have been suspended or expelled; The teachers wouldn’t have been allowed to treat Cara the way that they did; and the posters that were being posted in the school would have been taken down. I was also really concerned that nothing was really being done about the violence between the kids. It just didn’t really add together in my head.

The last 75 pages or so were SO drama filled that it became ridiculous and I started to skim a little bit. I wanted action…not drama. Maybe a little bit of both. But what I got was 100% drama and 0% action. I would have liked to see a bit more balance, especially with the first 85% of the book being so laid back.

Overall, I thought that Alienated was a cute and fun read. However, it’s not something that I would ever go out and buy to put on my shelf. It’s also not something that I would ever reread. It was cute, but it didn’t reach the level that I wanted it to.

 

Pages: 352

Publication Date: February 4th, 2014

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: [rating: 3]