Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated - Melissa LandersPublisher: Disney Hyperion (February 4th 2014)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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

Review:

If I were to describe this book in one phrase, it would be:

Anchorman - boy that escalated quickly

 

It might have been because it wasn’t quite was I expected. What I was expecting was sorta a pride and prejudice type a romance between Cara and Aelyx as they work together to resolve this anti-L’eihr paranoia. Turned out, I didn’t give it enough credit, because this book more so touches on a social issue of tolerance (or lack of) of different races (in this case, an alien race), and the idea that community and society can get swept up by propaganda/the sheep mentality.

Let’s talk about the romance;

Cara and Aelyx ended up being a pretty cute pair. It’s definitely the type that’s gradual. Cara is a pretty good role model. Even though she didn’t really want to host Aelyx at first, she tries to make his time enjoyable and she never backs down or gives up on what she’s truly believes in. Aelyx was kind of a jerk at first, but it’s pretty cute watching Cara wear him down and see him change with her persistence to make him comfortable.

The plot;

Like I mention, boy, that escalated quickly. At first it was just a protest about having an exchange program with the L’eihr race. Suddenly there’s anti-L’eihr groups, threatening notes, passive-aggressive aggression, and hate crimes. Because the story is third person limited to both Cara and Aelyx, we can get a sense of how humans and L’eihrs feel about each other. The book doesn’t just gloss over the racism/tolerance issue and the book sets up an interesting premise for book 2.

Overall, a pretty good sci-fi story with a believable romance. It was a bit up and down for me,  more so personal reasons of that half the time I was yelling at Aelyx to stop being an idiot and because mob mentality really frustrates me. But the story touches on very real social issue in an intriguing way, the pacing was good and there are an array of different types characters that highlight that things aren’t always just black and white.

{*Thank to Disney Hyperion & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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11 comments on “Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

  1. Pamela D January 31, 2014 1:08 PM

    When I read the blurb to this book, it didn’t seem too exciting. The reviews, however, have been making me want to take a second look. I am glad that you enjoyed this one! :)

    • Cyn February 2, 2014 8:13 PM

      I felt like it actually has a lot more depth than what the blurb gives.
      Thanks! If you do check it out, let me know what you think of it!

  2. Michelle Chew February 3, 2014 5:51 AM

    That cover captured my attention with it’s contrast, followed by your review which provided more insights into the book. Got to try this one out. Thanks for sharing your review! :)

    • Cyn February 3, 2014 8:46 PM

      It’s definitely an interesting cover isn’t it? (: I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Caroline February 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    I was really curious about this book and so I preordered it. Yours is the first review i’ve red and It sounds like the book is right up my street.

    • Cyn February 3, 2014 8:48 PM

      Aw, thanks for reading my review! I’m glad to hear this is your type of book, it was a really interesting read. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Lisa February 5, 2014 7:12 PM

    I haven’t heard of this book at all…but lately I’ve been craving Alien books, I don’t know why, but I just have. The synopsis of this one, isn’t too exciting, but reading your review makes me want to pick it up NOW! Thank you for your review!

    Lisa
    http://www.turningpages94.blogspot.com

    • Cyn February 5, 2014 10:41 PM

      Yeah, the blurb kinda gives the impression of a typical high school romance, but it definitely is a little deeper than that. I’m glad you want to pick up now! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading my review (:

  5. alexperc92 March 31, 2014 12:52 PM

    But i liked the series!!! Of course it seemed to be fast and quick on reading but that doesn’t make it look less enjoyable.

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