By Melissa Landers
Publication date: Feb. 4, 2014
Disney Hyperion, 352 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.com description
Who would have thought a book could get me SERIOUSLY rooting for interspecies romance?! And, ick, you pervs — no, I don’t mean that weird dino-porn book that was in the news a few months ago.
I mean Alienated by Melissa Landers! Dudes, I read this in one sitting. So. Freaking. Entertaining.
So, here’s the story. It’s a little bit in the future and intelligent lifeforms have made contact with Earth. They’re essentially highly evolved humans, and they help Earthlings cure cancer…but might have some ulterior motives. They decide to do an interplanetary exchange.
Alien Aelyx comes to live with Human Cara and, c’mon, you just saw the romance coming. But who cares! It was really nicely paced and steamy and so much fun to read.
The story is suspenseful, deliciously angsty — in the good tension-y way you root for, not in the way you roll your eyes at — and really surprisingly layered. Alienated isn’t afraid to bring up some big-picture themes of persecution, acceptance, kindness, sticking to your guns, friendship and prejudice.
Okay, sure, there were little things like: Wouldn’t there be more security? More followers on Cara’s blog? Some government PR person censoring what she wrote? But, okay, it’s an alien story, so it’s not like I can fault it for being unrealistic!
If you liked the show Roswell or the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, you’ll need to check this out. If you’re a romance in sci-fi fan, you’ll love it.