Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

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’m not really a big fan of aliens and stuff like that but I gotta give points to the illustrator who did the cover because it is the main reason I read this book. It just piqued my curiosity. And the fact that tons of people really love this book. It has a high rating and readers reviewed this with such admiration so I was like, “What’s the big deal here?”

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I didn’t really put much expectation on this one because reading the gist of the story already made me feel that this book is as cliche as the other books but the difference is, this one use aliens (that look like humans). The story seems very predictable, there’s not much to be excited about. The characters aren’t so likable. No character to look up to. They don’t possess great values and attitudes. I expected more from the protagonists but nada. I don’t like Cara as much as the next person. And what’s with her boyfriend and best friend? I think their “romance” is unnecessary. Writing that part of theirs seemed to be just trying too hard to make the story a lot more interesting but failing miserably.

There are parts that I really don’t get. It doesn’t make any sense when she got bullied. Why is she being bullied? It’s not like she’s obsessed with Aliens or she is the one who picked herself to take an alien in their home. So much confusion on that part and it’s like the school didn’t make such effort to stop the bullying or at least make a damage control coz I gotta tell you, it’s their fault in the first place, they picked Cara and it’s their responsibility to make everyone understand the whole situation.

I really don’t like that everyone is so “in love” with Aelyx. His character is so empowered. He is described as if he is the most good looking creature in the universe. I mean, if he looks like a human then there is a greater chance that there is nothing special about him except the fact that he’s an alien and there are small things that make him different from the humans but c’mon, I bet there are who are a lot good looking than him. The romance is…meh. I didn’t feel it. I didn’t fall in love or gushed about it. There is not much connection. And it’s predictable. I mean, in the beginning, it is damn obvious that Care is smitten over Aelyx because of how handsome he looks.

Also, I believe the concept of L’eihrs aren’t fully elaborated and there are so much more to put to help the readers fully understand or grasp the idea of them. But that’s my opinion, I don’t know about you guys. It’s not something I would recommend and I’m not discriminating the book because it has aliens and stuff. Not really much of a sci-fi for me.

anne wonders