Thursday, May 12, 2016


Alienated (Alienated, #1)Author: Melissa Landers
Info: Disney Hyperion, copyright 2014, 344 pages

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.

~Goodreads Description

Had high hopes for Alienated coming off my love affair with Landers's Starflight.  It was a solid outing as alien books go, but not quite as entertaining as her newest series.

Cara Sweeney is a brain, a hopeful journalist, and the winner of a scholarship.  She is also now a part of an exchange program with a L'eihr student.  Aleyx, her new roommate, will come stay awhile here on Earth, and then she'll travel to his planet to better understand the alien culture.  Not everyone is happy about this little experiment.  There's an anti-L'eihr faction in town that wants Aleyx to leave. Immediately.  Between the secret that Aleyx is hiding and his undeniable feelings toward Cara, life is getting pretty dangerous in town.

I'm not overly pleased with that summary, but it will just have to suffice.  This one was just a little too romance driven for me which is kind of disappointing considering Cara's brains and drive.  It wasn't love at first sight, thank goodness, but feelings developed extremely quickly.  That, paired with a lack of character development, left a bit of a fizzle in the plot.

Perhaps I just really wanted something important to happen in space.  I was a little spoiled with Starflight and Amie Kauffman and Jay Kirstoff's Illuminae.  This one just left me wanting something more.  Or something different.  Or perhaps a little bit of both.

This is the first in a series, and I have yet to decide whether or not I'll continue on - maybe if I can get my hands on the audiobook or need another Melissa Landers fix before the sequel to Starfall comes out.  I'm trying hard not to leave new series I start unfinished.  It's a new Emily.

If you like romance over alien domination, this might be a great read for you.  If you prefer your aliens to be dangerous, or in space, then maybe pick up Ernest Cline's Armada.

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