Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

Alienated.jpgPublished: February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Alien, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 344 pages

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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.

My review:

I’ve listened to books before, but only books that I had read, never one that I hadn’t read before. I was a little worried that the book would sound better, or worse, depending on the person who was reading the book. I was worried that I wouldn’t have the same emotional investment as I would when actually reading the book. And I’m still not sure about it.

The main topic of this post is a review of the book of course. I was able to listen to this book in about a day and a half, while I was at work, so the book isn’t all that long. I don’t really have any good things to say about the book, not that I’m calling it bad. It was really more of a ‘it’s ok to listen to but I wouldn’t read it’ book for me.

This book started reminding me of other things about halfway through. The TV show called Star-crossed is about a girl name Emery that had been sick and in the hospital for a while. The aliens had crashed on earth, but had a plant that was said to cure diseases such as cancer. Cara’s mom had been really sick- sorry, wrong story. Anyway, Star-crossed is also about this alien group of high schoolers that are chosen to integrate into human schools. This throws the whole community out of balance and causes riots. Meanwhile, Aelyx is hiding something while on Earth and- whoops, sorry, wrong story again.

What I’m trying to say is that the Star-crossed and Alienated are very similar. Though, in all fairness, the book was published first.

But, there are other things that really bothered me too. I read mostly young adult literature, but I was a little over whelmed by the stupid teenage dramas. Some of the things Cara says made me laugh and giggle because she messes with people. In fact, I really liked Cara, she was my favorite character. But all the others lacked depth, even Aelyx. There were a lot of things kind of mashed together, obscuring facts or information that I wanted.

Also, the time line of the book was inconsistent or completely nonexistent. There would time passes like “for the next few weeks” or “in the weeks that followed” and that was completely fine, except for the fact that the characters would refer something that would happen before those weeks as if it was a few days after it happened. How could weeks past when another event was referred to as only a day or two after another event. How much time actually passed during the book? I really don’t have a clue other than it was over a month.

I don’t know if this is because I listened to the book instead of reading it, but the phrase “he pronounced it …” followed by the word Aelyx or another L’eihr said occurred often. It was meant to help the reader pronounce the word correctly. I distinctly remember it at least three times, and in my opinion after one time using that phrase, it should have been written in a more creative way. Or even better, add a dictionary at the end of the book if there are more than just a few words that could be pronounced wrong. Better yet, why wasn’t there a dictionary, because if I was reading the book I would probably have forgotten what half the words meant anyway. (By the way, if there is a dictionary at the back of the book I apologize, and let me know so I can edit this to match the book.)

Overall, the book kept me entertained for a few hours, but I probably won’t be reading it or listening to it again.

★★★ because it was alright to listen to while at work but I just felt like the story wasn’t thought out completely. There were missing pieces.

And I just pre-ordered the next Throne of Glass book, and I’m super excited because the others have been amazing. I’m hoping to review those soon!

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