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 have no idea why it took me so long to read Alienated. It was so hyped in 2014 and got good reviews, but I didn't pick it up until now. I listened to the audiobook. It was read by Madeleine Lambert and was 8 hours, 29 minutes long.
- Although the beginning of the book reminded me of the CW show, Star-crossed, it did start to take on its own story line and plot.
- I loved Cara. I love her smarts, her wit and her love of debate. I enjoyed that she was an individual and that she didn't always go with the popular crowd. I also enjoyed that she did not allow herself to be forced into sex when she was not ready.
- Aelyx was tall, dark and handsome, in my mind. I loved how he had the wall up around him, but he was able to let humans slowly break it down by actually seeing and listening to them.
- It is so easy for people to gather together and hate something they know nothing about. I think this book did a great job showing both sides of the L'eihr situation. Although, there is a lot more that will have to be brought to light in the second book.
- I thought Cara had great parents and they were a strong influence in the book, until they end. I was really surprised there was no fight and they just let her do what she wanted to do (trying not to spoil).
- No real gripes, there were some similarities to other sci-fi stories, but it still could stand on its own.
- There was also a little bit of gray area around exactly what the L'eihrs wanted from the humans. The situations seemed to change multiple times in the book.