I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alienated by Melissa Landers
Length: 8.5 hours
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Published by Disney Hyperion, Tantor Audio Pages: 352
Narrator: Madeleine Lambert
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Also by this author: Until Midnight
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.
First Thoughts: Alienated was interesting enough of a read but at time it seemed more pre-teen than teen.
Alienated is set in a time when humans know about aliens and these aliens look a lot like humans. They are far more advanced in a lot of things like cancer cures and technology. L’eihrs made contacts with earth and now Cara is living with one as an exchange program. Aelyx will be on earth for the school year and then the next school year Cara will go to school in L’eihr.
L’eihrs are a lot like humans but more robotic in nature because they have been cloned and never had the emotional contact with others that humans have. Their taste buds are dulled, they like more neutral color, etc. Cara tries really hard to find some sort of food that he might like and tortures the poor guy with all sorts of foods. Cara and Aelyx get along really well but not everyone is happy the aliens have landed.
There are a lot of people who still fear aliens and don’t want them in their school or on earth at all. They don’t care if they have more advanced tech, etc. Cara might be a little leery of L’eihrs, but she can’t hate them because they helped heal her mother who almost died of cancer. But she didn’t expect to be ‘alienated’ from everyone at school even her boyfriend and best friend won’t talk to her.
The humans are not the only ones who are not happy to be on earth, the L’eihr students are not wanting to be there and don’t want the alliance that is trying to go through for both Earth and L’eihr. So they have a plan to try and sabotage things on earth. What they didn’t know was how what they did would escalate and things would get out of hand. Aelyx did plan on falling for his human friend either and when they find out that the future of earth might depend on L’eihr he knows he has to try and undo what he did, but it could be too late.
Alienated is a light sci-fi read which is good because I am not really a sci-fi fan but this one sounded sort of interesting and I had seen some positive reviews about it. I did at times feel like I was listening to more of a middle grade book than YA as I just didn’t get that teen book. I maybe in a minority in my thinking but even though I thought that it was still an interesting read.
Cara is a pretty cool main character as she is pretty much the only one to embrace the exchange. She tries really hard to introduce him to all sorts of human things and can’t believe everyone is being so hard on Aelyx. The more she hangs out with him though the more she finds herself falling for him even though and because of that she is willing to do about anything to keep him safe. Aelyx at first was a bit arrogant, he really has that my species is better than yours thing going on. I mean he really is there to sabotage things on earth, but that is before he falls for Cara and finds that even with those who hate him that earth isn’t all that bad.
I found the storyline to be interesting and the pacing went fast, even for listening to it I pretty much kept myself with an earbud glued to my ear till it was over..lol. I would recommend this to anyone who likes light sci-fi type novels and YA. (I would recommend this to pre-teens as well)
Madeleine was a decent narrator and I got use to her about half way through but her male voices really grated on my nerves a bit. Sometimes it got to where I really didn’t want to hear Aelyx talk at all because he sounded more like a dumb jock than alien. The actual audio though was crisp and clean.