Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Review: Alienated (Alienated #1)

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 going to say this as a disclaimer. I watched Starcrossed on CW before I read this book. They start off sort of similar but different; but in the end the books are completely different.

The pacing is fine as is the language. We get glimpses of life on the other planet and their culture which is neat but dreary. You'll see what I mean when you read the book.

I do like the main characters overall but I do feel like Cara is socially naive for a valedictorian. The fact that she's valedictorian is extremely minor other than the fact that it helps her get chosen to host Aelyx. I would think as a valedictorian she would have more/better friends but instead things happen and she relies only on Aelyx. She is clever but I wish that she was a bit more clever.

Aelyx is interesting but also makes some mistakes, specifically, Human mistakes. Technically he's alien but to be honest I don't know too many differences between the two species in terms of personalities even though they are light years apart. Other than the views in which they grew up and pickiness in foods they seem too similar to me.

Not too many examples of super powers or new technology in the book which I was hoping for but I also like high scifi/fantasy. This book is more contemporary so if you're looking for advanced technology you won't get it with this book. There are maybe a few things but not enough to make me wish that I was living there. I wish we could have gotten more insight with what it's like on the other planet but I believe we'll get more of that in the second book.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book but I'm just a bit torn at the fact that the book probably could have been better. I do like the characters despite their flaws but I'm hoping that become a little more complex and grow a little more of a back bone. I would read the sequel but I would hope that the book will appeal to my scifi/geeky side.

3.5 out of 5 rating for me.

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