Author: Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated, #1
Even after two years of making contact with the L’eihrs, an alien race similar in appearance to humans, the foreign creatures are still a mystery. And for Cara Sweeney, prospective journalist, mysteries are meant to be solved. When she is offered the opportunity to participate in the L’eihr Exchange Ambassador Program, the chance to expand her blog reach and the scholarship money are hard to resist. What Cara doesn’t anticipate is the strain this arrangement puts on her relationships and the public animosity toward Aelyx, the L’eihr student ambassador, and herself. As Aelyx and Cara grow closer, social pressure begins to mount and the secret Aelyx has been keeping threatens everyone.
“While she took his first pawn, she worked up the nerve to ask a question, something she’d been dying to know for years. The problem was how to phrase it in a way that didn’t sound insulting. Clearing her throat, she leaned toward him and looked directly into his cold, steely eyes. ‘If I ask you something, will you tell me the truth?'”
As a character Cara is driven and quirky, she has a can-do attitude and isn’t afraid to shout what she believes. I found myself shouting my own support for her throughout the book. Aelyx, though a little rigid at first, eventually finds his own humanity while living among humans. I’m going to be a little nitpicky and say that it would have been nice for Aelyx to develop another meaningful relationship with someone other than Cara, because I felt that his character needed a little more depth.
And can I just say how much I love Cara’s parents? They don’t get a lot of page time, but it’s nice to read a young adult novel where the parents are actually present. Melissa Lander’s book could have done with a little more detail about Cara’s mother’s medical struggles which might have had me a little more emotionally invested in the story. I was most intrigued by Alienated whenever Aelyx described the dynamics of this home planet L’eihr, where an emphasis is placed on the people as a whole instead of individual needs.
If you’re looking for a book with a lot of depth then this one isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you want a fun and easy read, I’d say dive right in. Alienated can be sweet at times, funny, and make you root for humanity when in other books, you might just condemn it.