Book Review | ALIENATED by Melissa Landers

2/5 stars

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. (c) goodreads

I don’t really know where to start off with this review. I was pretty disappointed with this novel. I didn’t really know much about it, besides the fact that Sasha Alsberg had posted a picture saying it was on sale for $0.99. She’d talked about it before, and had rated it 5 stars on goodreads, so I decided to check it out.

This is considered a sci-fi book I guess? But it didn’t seem that way to me, it just seemed like a teen romance novel with a couple sci-fi elements. Yes, there were aliens, and a different planet, but holy crap? They’re so similar to humans they basically are humans. What makes them different is their apparent superior intellect and reasoning skills. That’s literally it. Oh, and their silvery eyes.

I didn’t care much for Cara or Aelyx, or any of the characters actually. I found that most of the novel was just people being overdramatic everything. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, and the way Cara was portrayed made me laugh. She’s valedictorian, is part of several clubs which she’s the best of, she’s in all AP classes, and she works on the weekends. Um..okay. Let’s say that’s believable. What about the work that’s needed for all those school activities? We barely ever read about Cara studying. Ever. Are you kidding me? I’m barely surviving AP Calculus right now, and you’re saying that you don’t study but get the grades anyways? That just riles me up.

Also the idea that the L’heirs were the result of selective breeding, based on their “superior genes”…. and they ended up being all white people? A planet full of white people? Seriously? This is a huge indirect fuck you to people of colour.

The only reason I gave this two out of five stars was the fact that I liked how there wasn’t like “the chosen one“, or “prophecy” thing, and I found that quite refreshing. I also like the basis of this novel, and I wish that it had been executed better. Am I picking up the second book? No. But it was a quick fluffy read, something that can be read in a day or so if you want to get out of your reading slump.

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