Review| Alienation – S.E. Anderson

Thanks to the author I had the chance to read and review Alienation. Not too long ago, I read and reviewed Starstruck and was really curious to see how Sally’s story would continue! What did I think of Alienation? Keep reading to find out!

Sally Webber’s dream is coming true: Zander is back and taking her out for a night on the town–on a planet hundreds of light years away from Earth.

But when an accident separates her from her alien tour guide, she’s thrown into the seedy underbelly of an insane city where nothing is as it seems. Suddenly lost and desperate to get back home, Sally is willing to do anything to get out, even if it means accepting spontaneous marriage proposals, crashing some fancy parties, or joining what appears to be the space mob.

All she wanted was some decent interstellar pizza, but now it might be the end of the world as evil nanobots and an out of control AI try to take the universe by force, and the only one who can stop them is missing in action. Sally has no choice but to try to stop them herself–if she can stay alive that long.


To start off, I have to say I love this cover. After reading this book it also makes a lot more sense. Once again, this author’s writing sucked me right into this story and I couldn’t put it down.

It’s been two years since everything went down in Starstruck and Zander is back to keep his promise. Sally gets to go on an adventure in space, to a different planet. Sally is pretty shocked, it’s been two years and she never expected to see Zander again (for Zander it’s only been two weeks). They go on an adventure and nothing goes as it’s supposed to.

Starstruck had me confused at times and missing pieces, but Alienation didn’t have that at all. The pacing in this story and everything that happens seemed to fit together so well. Alienation is a space adventure gone wrong, but kept me on the edge of my seat. I was so curious about how things would end for Sally.

S.E. Anderson gives us amazing worldbuilding. The places that are described are freaky, but sound so interesting. I wouldn’t mind taking a trip, but just not as dangerous as the one Sally goes on. Sally really developed in this story. She starts off as still pretty insecure about a lot of things, but this adventure proves to her how strong she is. Even using her geekiness helps her along the way.

There are a lot of fandom references that made me smile and the chapter titles are a lot of fun. Alienation also has a cast of some interesting characters and unique ones at that. I would’ve loved to have seen more Zander, but I get that this story needed to be a bit more about Sally. She needed time to find herself and notice how strong she really is.

And the ending actually shocked me. I figured this adventure would end and she would somehow get pulled into a different adventure (I know there are two more books). That was definitely a twist I never saw coming, but I can’t wait to find out where Sally’s story takes her next.

What was the last book you read that ended differently than you expected?

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