Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: "Alienated" by Melissa Landers

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Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi
Publication: February 4, 2014
Pages: 344


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 was very hesitant of this book at first. The first few pages promised far too much fluff and not enough creative plotline. Once I got into the crux of the story however, I found myself sinking into the pages. I devoured the first half of the book in about two hours. But it was as I was approaching the major conflict in the book that I began to lose steam with the story. 

            Cara Sweeney is the typical over achiever. Usurper of the valedictorian title due to extra credit work and all around debate queen, she is the character that you can’t really decide if you actually like upon your first meeting of her. But she is a diligent girl. She eventually has you wanting to call her friend. Such is the turn of events with alien exchange student Aelyx. Let’s just say that he becomes quite fond of Kar-a.
He is a superior clone of an ancestor from his planet, L’eihr. He also sounds like quite the monochromatic hottie. The relationship between the two, while predictable from the very beginning, is still full of emotions and circumstances surrounding that of first love. Their encounters draw you in and make you remember how those first touches felt.

            While I did enjoy the author’s description of all things L’eihr, it was the alien individuals themselves that had me less than impressed. The fact that their DNA is nearly identical to ours was a little far fetched. A planet that is supposedly light years away is chock full of aliens that look just like us and yet these individuals all possess superior strength and mind capabilities. For me, that just seemed to describe any non-human character (werewolf, vampire, faerie, etc.) that is famous for their roles in science fiction and fantasy. I just would have liked a little more originality and oomph from Landers. Some of her scenes are really beautiful, so I know that she has it in her. 

            On the other hand, I was impressed with her design of the hysteria surrounding the L’eihr exchange students. Landers took a page out of Earth’s history and mimicked human’s intolerance of all things thing that they don’t understand. The refusal of an alliance with the alien race by hate-fueled protestors creates a dangerous backdrop to this book that is always just on the brink of exploding. 

            I give this book a solid three quills. With some tweaking, this story could have really kept me engaged and flying through the chapters. There is a sequel due out this time next year and I know that I will read it. I am a conduit of the second chance and I am hoping to find that frenzy that first fueled me through Alienated when I see Cara and Aelyx again.

Until next time,

Happy reading!


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