SciFi Book Review: Alienated

Alienated by Melissa Landers

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.

Cara doesn’t trust the aliens blindly like her parents, but she doesn’t hate them like her most of her peers. And when she meets Aelyx it’s not exactly love at first sight, but more of a meet-cute out of a romantic comedy. Aelyx reminded me a lot of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He’s arrogant and often says offensive things but has a good heart and soon starts to change for the better when he gets to know Cara.

Alienated is first in an exciting new YA science fiction series. Fans of the shows Roswell and StarCrossed will enjoy this romantic, cross-species love story. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-paced drama that held plenty of mystery, suspense, and romance. The story ends with a fun twist that wasn’t quite a cliffhanger, but left me eager for the next in the series.

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